TZU CHI representatives led by their CEO Alfredo Li (sixth from the left) pose with members of the city council and other guests during their visit to Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. From left: Councilors Serafica, Roland Villasencio, Mario Rodriguez, Vincent Rama, Tzu Chi Philippines representatives, Violeta Codilla, VM Toto Locsin Jr., councilors Ruben Capahi, Mariano Corro, Pedro Godiardo Ebcas, Antonio Codilla, Gerry Penserga, city administrator Francis Pepito and 802nd Brigade commander Col. Dinoh Dolina. Vice Mayor Locsin Jr., together with his LP councilors, were the first city officials to meet the Tzu Chi Foundation members when they arrived in Ormoc City on November 13, 2014, 5 days after Yolanda hit the city.

TZU CHI representatives led by their CEO Alfredo Li (sixth from the left) pose with members of the city council and other guests during their visit to Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. From left: Councilors Serafica, Roland Villasencio, Mario Rodriguez, Vincent Rama, Tzu Chi Philippines representatives, Violeta Codilla, VM Toto Locsin Jr., councilors Ruben Capahi, Mariano Corro, Pedro Godiardo Ebcas, Antonio Codilla, Gerry Penserga, city administrator Francis Pepito and 802nd Brigade commander Col. Dinoh Dolina. Vice Mayor Locsin Jr., together with his LP councilors, were the first city officials to meet the Tzu Chi Foundation members when they arrived in Ormoc City on November 13, 2014, 5 days after Yolanda hit the city.

ORMOC CITY – Mayor Edward Codilla and his wife Violeta are no longer donating 50 hectares in Brgy. Liloan for the city’s relocation site as previously ballyhooed, but have opted for a “usufructuary arrangement” with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation which will be developing it. 

Alfredo Li, Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines CEO and company, explained the arrangement during a visit to Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. and the city council here on their pre-session caucus on Thursday, July 10.

Li told the city council he believes the usufructuary arrangement was okay, as it would help protect the interventions they will be putting at the proposed relocation area.

Citing the experiences of other relocation areas, he said that there were relocation sites where the original beneficiaries sold their rights to other parties, defeating the purpose. “I believe the owner of the land would like to see that it is not abused.” [click to continue…]

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No truth to Ormoc SP delaying classroom projects

by EVMail News on July 20, 2014

WHEN MEMBERS of the media, on the request of the Ramon Abotiz Foundation Inc., were in the city on June 27 to write about “good stories” of the private sector’s help in Ormoc’s quick recovery, city administrator Atty. Francis Pepito hinted that some classroom donations were delayed because it remained “pending” at the city council. 

“Naay donation sa Security Bank … ug para sa Elementary og High School sa Dolores … taud-taud na ni nga pending”, he said.

Pepito said that they have submitted the MOAs of at least two donors, Security Bank and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, to the council already and it has been stuck there.

However, in his committee report this week, Dr. Mario Rodriguez said that the office of the city administrator submitted incomplete documents to him, regarding the donation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.  [click to continue…]

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14 cops face murder, frustrated murder raps

by EVMail News on July 20, 2014

ORMOC CITY- 14 of Police Station 3 cops are now in hot water after the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group here filed complaints of murder and frustrated murder against them before the city prosecutor’s office on Tuesday.

This is in relation to the alleged drug buy-bust in Brgy. Tambulilid that went wrong when the suspect ran into an illegal cockpit nearby. Three civilians died in the shooting that followed, including the suspect, a dentist and a member of the city’s Civil Security Unit (CSU). Four others were wounded.

Sr. Insp. Elvis Angayangay, Northern Leyte CIDG chief, however, did not divulge to media the identities of the 14 cops but it is presumed that they would include Chief Insp. Edgardo, police chief, and his deputy, Sr. Insp. Harris Rebato who headed the buy-bust team.   [click to continue…]

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PALO, LEYTE (PNA) – The Department of Health (DOH) here cited the need to strengthen information dissemination about human immunovirus-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS), as Eastern Visayas is not exempted when it comes to regions with high infection cases.

DOH Undersecretary for Women, Children and Family cluster Janette L. Garin, who was here this week for the launching of the “DOH on Wheels: Kalusugan Pangkalahatan” roadshow, said that Eastern Visayas has 151 confirmed cases of persons with HIV and full-blown AIDS. 30 are female and 121 are male, she informed.

In Leyte, where the bulk of persons with HIV are recorded, the median age is 27, “better” when compared with other provinces in the country where the median is 21-24 years old. She also believes there are more people who are positive for the infection, whose conditions are documented.

“The figure we gave is just a figure per se because we believe that it is under declared,” she said, citing that in the Philippines, one person is estimated to be infected every hour. [click to continue…]

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“Each boat has a story” -Rep. Lucy T. Gomez

by EVMail News on July 13, 2014

GWAPA NA, MUTRABAHO PA! Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez may not have PDAF anymore but she continues to deliver good tidings to constituents. Here she is seen with members of ORFESFA and Brgy. Chairman Rafael Taneo during her recent distribution of fishing boats.

GWAPA NA, MUTRABAHO PA! Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez may not have PDAF anymore but she continues to deliver good tidings to constituents. Here she is seen with members of ORFESFA and Brgy. Chairman Rafael Taneo during her recent distribution of fishing boats.

ORMOC CITY – “Each boat has a story”, 4th district of Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez told members of the Ormoc Federation of Small Fishermen Association, when she distributed 23 motorized fishing boats to them during the city’s feast day on June 29 (Sunday). “A story of generosity, care and kindness that cut across the globe, from all creed, colors and nationality”, she said in the dialect. 

Pointing to 10 red and white boats with the mark “Chippy” on its side, she said the boats were a personal donation by Robinsons’ heiress Liza Gokongwei to her “6200: Mission Possible” campaign for boat donations. She also said that Chippy is her favorite snack food and urged those listening to try eating it like chicharon or pork rind crackling, pairing it with vinegar.

Another 11 boats, she added, were the donations of one “Betty Lim”. They only bore the numbers 1 to 10 and 88 on its sides. “I do not know Betty Lim personally but I opened up my email one morning and saw her intent to donate 11 boats. Thank you, Ms Betty Lim”, she said. [click to continue…]

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Robinsons Place in Tacloban re-opens

July 13, 2014

TACLOBAN CITY – Robinsons Place in this city re-opened lunchtime of Saturday, June 28, to the cheers of an estimated 5,000 people from all walks of life. Robina Gokongwei herself graced the occasion, which Mayor Alfred Romualdez said was an honor for Tacloban. “I was supposed to welcome (their opening). But how do I welcome […]

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SPC marks 100 years with Parade of Fantasy & Lights (story on Page 3 of Eastern Visayas Mail June 30-July 6, 2014)

July 13, 2014

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HIV-AIDS cases on the rise in EV, rest of the country

July 13, 2014

PALO, LEYTE (PNA) – The Department of Health (DOH) here cited the need to strengthen information dissemination about human immunovirus-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS), as Eastern Visayas is not exempted when it comes to regions with high infection cases. DOH Undersecretary for Women, Children and Family cluster Janette L. Garin, who was here this week […]

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Turkish Fdn. repairs mosques, gives relief in Cebu and Leyte

July 13, 2014

ORMOC CITY – The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation, in cooperation with the Ormoc Supreme and Ormoc Ultimate Lions, are repairing Yolanda-damaged mosques here and in Baybay City. They also distributed relief packs to Muslims and Christians alike, at pre-identified recipient communities last July 2 (Wednesday). Yousuf of the Turkish Foundation said the distribution of relief packs […]

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OCCCI members get P 189-M calamity insurance

July 7, 2014

ORMOC CITY – Some called it Divine Providence, but Jose Mosquite, Chief Executive Officer of Ormoc’s homegrown Metro Ormoc Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (OCCCI), says it’s because the cooperative genuinely cares for its members.  Mosquite said this is the reason why members of OCCCI living in Yolanda battered areas are the only cooperative members who received […]

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