Tourists are warmly welcomed by the locals who have prepared an arch for them.
TACLOBAN CITY – Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes of the Department of Tourism here is beside herself after 75 foreign tourists and 12 escorts of the classy, 100-suite Caledonian Sky operated by Zegrahm Expeditions, set foot in historical and charming island of Capul in Northern Samar on February 18.
The same tourists, it was learned, will be landing on Limasawa Island on February 23, in what is a virgin cruise of the liner for “historical Philippine islands.”
Ms Tiopes described the tourists’ visit to Capul as a “success”, as locals came in full force to welcome their guests. [click to continue…]
The two victims of salvaging found at a barangay in Kananga. An onlooker could have thrown a rosary at the back of one of the victims, in a gesture of pity for their souls.
ORMOC CITY – Three men are believed to be victims of more unsolved summary executions that have been happening hereabouts, and all of them were found Friday (February 20). One beheaded body was found here in Ormoc City, while two others were found in Kananga, Leyte.
At around 6:00 in the morning of Friday, SPO3 Leo Inalisan, investigator of the police station 2 at Brgy. Valencia, this city, received information that a decapitated body was found at an unpopulated portion of Brgy. Cabulihan, near the road going to Brgy. Hibunawon. The head of the body was found around 10 meters away.
Police estimate the victim to be around 5”2 in height, had a beard and around 30 years old. When found, he was wearing a striped black and white pants. They also noted the victim had long hair. He had not identification cards with him, and police said he must have irked his killers that he was beheaded. [click to continue…]
ORMOC CITY – Duha ka babaye ang biktima sa kawat, usa ang gihold-up ug lain ang gikuotan niadtong Pebrero 16, apan managlahi nga oras ug dapit.
Ang unang biktima mao si Myrna Dilao, 64, retiradong empleyada sa kanhi PNOC ug karon EDC na ug asawa usab ni Menelo Dilao, kanhi manager sa PNOC. Ang sunod nga biktima mao si Elizabeth Padayao, 55, taga Camella Homes sa Tambulilid.
Si Dilao nitug-an nga nakuha gikan kaniya ang iyang wedding ring balor P35,000, pulseras, ug kuwentas. May kuarta siya kay gikan siya sa banko nag-withdraw pero way kuartang nakuha gikan kaniya. [click to continue…]
Tabulated data of LGU’s with ready-to-release ESA and those that have been released. No. 1 is Kananga with P 207,280,000 with check dated Dec. 29, 2014 yet. Releases have also been made to Tanauan, Tolosa, and Tacloban City on 2014, but the money came from DSWD “savings”. Palompon and Guiuan were released the funds this year, this time funded by the GAA.
ORMOC CITY – Nestor Ramos, regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said that he could not exactly say when the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for Ormoc would be released, considering that the city social welfare office submitted documentation that does not conform to their guidelines. Ramos said he gave city social welfare officer Marietta Legazpi up to Friday (February 13) to submit the correct documents and listing.
Compounding the problem of the ESA’s release is the city social welfare office’s not yet being able to liquidate the P 40-million it got from DSWD for its “cash-for-work” program, he said. Unless the cash-for-work funds are liquidated, the ESA funds cannot be accessed.
The regional director made this report in a meeting with Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, after the congresswoman expressed her concern why only Palompon has yet received the ESA of the six towns and one city in her district.
Rep. Gomez said funds for the purpose are already in this year’s General Appropriation Act, which they passed in Congress. [click to continue…]
PALO, LEYTE – A total of 255 prefab housing units were turned over Saturday to typhoon Yolanda survivors by Tzu Chi Foundation in Brgy. San Jose, Palo, Leyte, in a resettlement area named as “Great Love Village”. The inauguration and turnover ceremonies coincided with the celebration of Valentine’s Day.
In the blessing and inauguration program, Palo Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla signed the acceptance of the housing units in behalf of the grateful beneficiaries who were awarded the houses for free.
Mayor Petilla expressed her profuse thanks to the Tzu Chi leaders and other volunteers who worked tirelessly to finish the project in such a short time. The land area for the resettlement project was purchased by the Palo municipal government to start the project. [click to continue…]