The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has limited the use of the Tacloban DZR Airport to small turbo prop planes only after the airport reopened from a one-day closure on September 3 to September 4, this week.

The CAAP said that it had to close down the airport for one day to make way for palliative repairs because the airlines plying the route, in an earlier meeting, has agreed not to fly to Tacloban anymore because of the runway’s worsening potholes, posing hazard to both dangers and their planes.

In a recent statement, CAAP said that “small turbo propeller planes may resume using the runway after repairs on Sept 3 and 4 are done, but jets can’t use the runway for months until the total replacement of the 5-inch overlay is complete.”

The sudden closure has inconvenienced more than 2,000 passengers that have booked their flights for that day. [click to continue…]

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SM Foundation inaugurates Tacloban “Hospi-tel”

by EVMail News on September 12, 2014

Ribbon cutting. City Health Officer Dr. Paula Sydiongco, Mrs. Yedda Romualdez representing Leyte Cong. FM Romualdez, City Hospital chief Dr. Judy Manugay,OPARR Sec. Panfilo Lacson, SM Foundation vice-chairman Teresita Sy-Coson, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, OPARR Usec. Danny Antonio, SM Fdn. executive director Debbie Sy and SM Fdn. director for medical and health services Connie Angeles cut the inaugural ribbon.

Ribbon cutting. City Health Officer Dr. Paula Sydiongco, Mrs. Yedda Romualdez representing Leyte Cong. FM Romualdez, City Hospital chief Dr. Judy Manugay,OPARR Sec. Panfilo Lacson, SM Foundation vice-chairman Teresita Sy-Coson, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, OPARR Usec. Danny Antonio, SM Fdn. executive director Debbie Sy and SM Fdn. director for medical and health services Connie Angeles cut the inaugural ribbon.

TACLOBAN CITY – SM Foundation vice-chairman Teresita Sy-Coson, Secretary Panfilo Lacson of the Office of the Presidential Assistance for Rehabilitation and Recovery, and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez inaugurated the newly rebuilt and larger Tacloban City Hospital on Wednesday, August 27. 

They were joined in the ceremonies by OPARR Usec. Danny Antonio, SM Foundation officers executive director Debbie Sy, executive director for health and medicine Connie Angeles, executive director for education Linda Atayde, city councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, Yedda Romualdez representing her husband Leyte Rep. FM Romualdez and other city officials.

Sec. Lacson hailed the newly rebuilt and improved Tacloban City as a “hospi-tel”, saying it was almost like a hotel. “It is beautiful inside and out,” he said.

He also said the rehab work was “a good example of building back better and faster”, adding that it was only four months ago that Ms Coson signed a MOA with the City and OPARR to undertake the hospital’s rebuilding.

SM Foundation did not only rehabilitate the hospital but also increased its bed capacity from the previous of 50 to 100. It also has complete laboratory equipment and state-of-the-art operation rooms which hospital chief Dr. Judy Manugay said was the start of the realization of her dream to turn the hospital into a “medical center.” [click to continue…]

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P-Noy appoints Aparis Jr. to fill up Ormoc SP vacancy

by EVMail News on September 12, 2014

ORMOC CITY – A new councilor has finally been appointed to fill in the vacancy left by the late councilor and three-term vice-mayor Nepomuceno Aparis I. He is John Eulalio Nepomuceno Aparis II, also known as “Jay-R”, one of the two nominees submitted to the Office of the President last year.  

“Jay.R”, in an interview, said the appointment comes as a surprise to him. “Wa jud mi magdahum ani, kalit lang ba,” said Aparis.

However, Jay.R is not new to politics. Before his appointment to the council, he was on his third term as barangay councilor in their village.

The 31-year-old Jay.R took his oath on Thursday morning at the city mayor’s office together with his family, LGU officials and friends, who expressed their support for the young councilor. [click to continue…]

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British firm gives shelter kits to sugarcane workers

by EVMail News on September 12, 2014

Pictures at right (clockwise, from top left) shows Tark Bartlema as he explains to the beneficiaries their company’s role in the shelter kit distribution; Engr. Herme Serafica (left most) explainst to the beneficiaries what is expected of them; Lola Visitacion Nudalo, 64, of Brgy. Juaton being interviewed by Habitat for Humanity worker; and the lumber, plywood and other housing materials as they were being readied for distribution.

Pictures at right (clockwise, from top left) shows Tark Bartlema as he explains to the beneficiaries their company’s role in the shelter kit distribution; Engr. Herme Serafica (left most) explainst to the beneficiaries what is expected of them; Lola Visitacion Nudalo, 64, of Brgy. Juaton being interviewed by Habitat for Humanity worker; and the lumber, plywood and other housing materials as they were being readied for distribution.

ORMOC CITY –  A British agricultural commodity merchant, with presence in 60 countries and which has been operating in the Philippines for the past 40 years now, passed up celebrating their 230th anniversary last December, opting instead to help Yolanda victims here and in Cebu where they have business interests.

Tark Bartlema, country manager of SvG of the British ED&F Man Group, said they donated US $ 200,000 or P 8.76-million to help meet the shelter needs of affected sugar workers here and in Bogo, Cebu. The company coursed their donation through Habitat for Humanity, noting its good reputation in rebuilding damaged homes in calamity stricken areas.

Half of the funds were from employees’ contribution, which the company matched with an equivalent amount. ED&F Man has around 3,500 employees all over the world. [click to continue…]

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Dengue cases on the rise, overtake last year’s total

by EVMail News on September 1, 2014

Statistics from Ormoc City Health Office shows dengue cases this year have dramatically increased and even doubled compared to 2013. 

For the period January to July, this year, the city already posted 792 cases compared to 305 last year for the same period.

As of press time (August 18, 2014), Ormoc has already recorded 810 cases compared to last year’s total of only 442.  [click to continue…]

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Biggest Jollibee restaurant in EV opens!

September 1, 2014

ORMOC CITY – Jollibee’s 105th branch in the Visayas, located here in this city, was inaugurated by its franchise owners and some important guests late afternoon of Thursday, August 21. Full operations started this morning, Friday, August 22. The branch is the second Jollibee in the city and the biggest in Leyte and Samar. It […]

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Councilor Serafica asks City to correct accident-prone ramp

September 1, 2014

FOR THE first time since they were installed last July 1 as members of the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Ormoc City, a councilor has availed of the privilege hour during their session this week.  He is second councilor Tommy Serafica, who appealed to colleagues and the City Government to probe and correct the accident-prone ramp […]

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Number of malnourished kids spiked after Yolanda

August 25, 2014

ORMOC CITY – Malnutrition among children in the city spiked after Yolanda, said city health officer Dr. Nelita Navales, and 6 children have already died from severe malnutrition despite emergency intervention.  Dr. Navales said this during the launching of a nutrition program on Saturday, August 16, at Brgy. Curva that is being sponsored by the […]

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Maasin City vies to be the “No Smoking Capital of the Philippines”

August 25, 2014

TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – Amid resistance from tobacco companies and smokers, Mayor Maloney Samaco of Maasin City in Southern Leyte is determined to turn the city into a “No Smoking Capital of the Philippines.”  After bagging the Department of Health- Red Orchid Hall of Fame awards for its comprehensive implementation of 100 percent tobacco-free environment […]

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P 1.7-M by admin or P 2.5-M by a contractor: Which scheme can the City save funds?

August 25, 2014

A BUDGET request for the repair and rehabilitation of Yolanda-damaged facilities at the City’s sanitary landfill in Brgy. Green Valley earned praises from council members, after general services department head Engr. Domardoni Cayanong and assistant Engr. Myraflor G. Fumar gave a comprehensible presentation of what they were asking for.  Taking a lesson from what happened […]

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