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25th July 2014
More damages were reported in Hinundayan, St. Bernard
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 25, 2014, 12:14 am

UPDATE ON EARTHQUAKE
By Jani Arnaiz

July 25, 2014

MAASIN CITY -- Gov. Roger Mercado has ordered the suspension of all classes in the six towns heavily hit by the quake pending the assessment on the extent of the damages caused by the temblor. The municipalities are St. Bernard, Hinundayan, Hinunangan, Sab Juan, Anahawan and Silago.

The OCD in-charge in the province said at least one school building and four houses were partially damaged in Bugho village, Hinundayan, while the town ‘s gym was partially damaged with its wall collapsed and the beam cracked.

Tan also said that the flooring and beam of the Red Cross bldg. in St. Bernard cracked. Cracks were also seen on the wall of a school bldg, principal’s office, LGU/ Municipal Compound, Tourism Office has  long, big crack in wall.  Brgy. Himatagon Town Cevillage centerbldg. has cracks in walls near stairway, and near beam.

In the Guinsaugon relocation center’s school, one teacher and two students lost consciousness, while another student was lacerated in the leg. All the victims were brought to the Anahawan district hospital.

Earlier, initial report from the Office of Civil Defense in Southern Leyte showed that minor damages were caused by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that hit 8km southwest of Hinundayan, Southern Leyte at around 8:00 Friday morning.

Marichu Tan of the OCD said that the beam of the isolation ward of the Anahawan district hospital cracked. No one was injured among the patients who were evacuated outside the hospital.

In St. Bernard town, all classes were suspended. Tan also reported that several residents were injured. She said all MDRRMOs in the towns hit by the earthquake were still conducting rapid assessments regarding damages or needs.

According to Betty Martinez of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, there was no damage to NGCP electric posts. “The Leyte-Samar sub grid remains intact as there has been no reported cases of power interruptions and damaged transmission facilities in the said area,” said Martinez.

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24th July 2014
Intensity 6 earthquake hits Hinundayan, St Bernard, minor damages reported
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 24, 2014, 10:07 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

July 25, 2014

MAASIN CITY --  Initial report from the Office of Civil Defense in Southern Leyte showed that minor damages were caused by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that hit 8km southwest of Hinundayan, Southern Leyte at around 8:00 Friday morning.

Marichu Tan of the OCD said that the beam of the isolation ward of the Anahawan district hospital cracked. No one was injured among the patients who were evacuated outside the hospital.

In St. Bernard town, all classes were suspended. Tan also reported that several residents were injured. She said all MDRRMOs in the towns hit by the earthquake were still conducting rapid assessments regarding damages or needs.

According to Betty Martinez of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, there was no damage to NGCP electric posts. “The Leyte-Samar sub grid remains intact as there has been no reported cases of power interruptions and damaged transmission facilities in the said area,” said Martinez.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was also felt in nearby areas:

Intensity VI – Hinunangan and St. Bernard, Southern Leyte
Intensity IV – Tacloban City
Intensity III – Palo, Leyte
Intensity II – Cebu City and Talisay City; Surigao City
Intensity I – Lapu Lapu City

The tectonic quake was likely to come from the Philippine Fault Zone Leyte Segment.

 

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3rd July 2014
So. Leyte key role for post-Yolanda recovery pushed
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 3, 2014, 1:46 am

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

CAPITOL SUNKEN GARDEN, MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 2 (PIA)  --  Two guest speakers invited for the 54th founding anniversary of this province July 1 spoke about the potential vital role of the province in the rehabilitation phase of the places worst hit by the world’s strongest typhoon eight months ago.

“I hope and trust that Southern Leyte would lead Region 8, for betterment of Eastern Visayas, after Yolanda,” said Pedro Noval, Jr., Regional Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in his message here during the anniversary program.

Another guest of honor and speaker, Senator Cynthia Villar, admired the unity, strength, and courage of the people of the province, and the fast action done for the search, rescue, and other assistance extended to the distressed communities.

“Ang Southern Leyte ay tumulong sa mga lugar na nasalanta ng Yolanda,” the Senator said in an apparent tribute to the efforts mobilized by the province led by Gov. Roger Mercado at the height of the disaster.

That the neighboring province will be able to recover sooner will also be good for Southern Leyte, as the economy of the island has been inter-related, Sen. Villar also said.

Both speakers noted that the province was blessed as it was spared by the wrath and fury of the storm.

DILG Director Noval went on to report that the province had passed the Seal of Good Housekeeping last year, even as he prodded its officials to “work harder to get the seal of good governance, which is an upgrade on the seal of good housekeeping,” and enjoy the monetary reward that goes along with the citation.

For her part, Sen. Villar also reported how she and her husband helped the Yolanda victims by giving roofing materials so they can build immediate shelters.

In an “ambush interview” after the anniversary dinner, Villar said she is working closely with Gov. Mercado for Tesda scholarship for 150 qualified students.

Cong. Damian Mercado earlier introduced Villar as the day’s second guest speaker.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)

 

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15th June 2014
NGCP gives water system to Maasin City barangay
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 15, 2014, 7:05 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

BRGY. TAM-IS, MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, June 11 (PIA)  --  The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) located here provided a lasting solution to the water problem in their host barangay by constructing a reservoir big enough to hold 27 cubic meters of drinking water.

In a turn-over ceremony Tuesday, June 10, Lope Canete, NGCP head for Leyte-Samar area, said the water system project was part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of the company.

Shortly before the turn-over, green school bags with ten notebooks and three pencils inside were distributed to 205 children of barangay Tam-is elementary school, from grades one to six, assisted by teachers and parents.

The distribution of school supplies was also part of the company’s CSR, Canete said, adding that a similar activity was held earlier in the day for the school children of neighboring barangay Guadalupe.

Tam-is Punong Barangay Monina Galos expressed her heartfelt thanks to NGCP for turning the dream project into reality for the more than 300 households living in the barangay.

The source of water which is about 60 meters away from the reservoir is an artesian well and it is pumped to the concrete tank by means of electricity, the monthly costs to be shouldered by the barangay LGU as their counterpart.

For now, ten communal faucets were already installed in key points around the barangay, and several more are set to be put up to reach all the households, Galos said.

Galos also thanked members of their family who owned the lot in which the tall reservoir now stands, approximately 20 square meters in area, saying the donation paved the way for the success of the NGCP-backed water system project.

City Councilor Pepito Generan represented City Mayor Samaco during the ribbon-cutting and unveiling of marker.  (mmp, PIA9-Southern Leyte)

 

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9th June 2014
Ex village chief arrested for rifle
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 9, 2014, 3:33 am

By JANI ARNAIZ

June 9, 2014

MAASIN CITY – Operatives from Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested a former village chief whose house yielded an improvised rifle in a raid in Malapoc Sur village this city on Sunday afternoon.

Drug paraphernalia were also seized from the house of Antonio 'Dondon' Parilla CIDG provincial head Police Senior Inspector Norman Ala.

CIDG operatives search rooms inside the residence of Jason Go. Photo by JANI ARNAIZ

A search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Ephrem S. Abando of RTC Branch 18 based in Hilongos, Leyte was used in the raid conducted by CIDG operatives from Sogod town.

Parilla, former Malapoc Sur barnagay captain, was brought to the CIDG provincial office in Sogod, Southern Leyte.

Earlier on Sunday morning, the same CIDG operatives raided the house of Jason Go but yielded negative of firearms.

Drug paraphernalia though were seized from a vacant room in the house located at Tagnipa village in downtown Maasin city.

A search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Ephrem S. Abando of RTC Branch 18 based in Hilongos, Leyte was used in the raid conducted by CIDG operatives from Sogod town for firearms.

CIDG head PSI Ala told Maasinreporter.com that Go was not arrested because there was no gun found in his house. The search warrant identified the hand guns as .45 and .38 caliber and a rifle.

According to Ala, Go, will be charged in a regular case of illegal drug use.

 

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13th May 2014
PDEA agent, step pa shot near their house
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 13, 2014, 1:17 am

By JANI ARNAIZ

May 13, 2014

MAASIN CITY – A PDEA agent and his step-father were shot at near their house by two unidentified men riding in tandem in Mambajao village at around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

The PDEA agent was identified as Manuel Zabate Jr., and his step-father as Marcelo Prieto, who died instantly from a bullet wound in the head. Zabate was brought to the hospita wounded

.

Marcelo Prieto lifeless body in his blood. Photo by Jani Arnaiz

A witness said that when he heard two gunshots, he went out from a house across a national highway where the shooting took place and saw two men fleeing from the scene towards city proper.

The witness, who wish not to be identified, told the Inquirer that he saw two men fleeing in a motorcycle without a helmet.

“When I went out, I saw the two fleeing in a motorcycle from the scene while the gunman was tacking a gun believed to be .45 caliber pistol,” he said.

Police has yet to establish the motive of the killing. Photo by Jani Arnaiz

e believed that the victims, who were also riding in a motorcycle were being followed by the suspects.

The fatality was reportedly back-riding since he fell and Zabate was able to drive the motorcycle about 15 meters away.

Two slugs of .45 caliber were seen 8 meters from where Prieto’s lifeless body could be seen.

Police authority has yet to establish the motive of the killing.

 

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11th May 2014
First call center opens in Maasin
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 11, 2014, 4:17 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

May 11, 2014

MAASIN CITY – It’s a call center alright and it’s called Call Center 101.

The first ever business process outsourcing company or call center opened in the city on Sunday making the city and the province out in the technology map in the country.

Why the first call center in Maasin called Call Center 101.

Call Center 101 interior

According Ryan Ng, the operations manager of the new BPO, ”The call center is so called because it’s a fresh start or a beginning of new era in technology that comes in Maasin.”

He said that it’s like when you first enrolled in college all your subjects starts with numeric 101, like English 101 or Math 101.

“It’s really a start of a new beginning in technology that comes to the city,” Ng told the Inquirer.

The pioneering call center 101 pioneers. photo by Jani Arnaiz

“Actually Call Center 101 started as a training hub for would be call center agents in Cebu City. But when we saw the opportunity that we can operate as business outsourcing company at the same time so we go for it,’ Ng said adding that they still remain as a training center for call agents.

With 54 seats, the operations manager is optimistic that they will expand in due time because they are the pioneering call center in the city. “Like in Cebu, BPO agents are parachuting because there are many call centers there. But here because we are the first, agents need not go to other call center or to Cebu to apply.”

 

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8th May 2014
DTI promotes 'diskuento caravan'
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 8, 2014, 9:51 am

By JANI ARNAIZ

May 8, 2014

MAASIN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry will promote anew a discount caravan of prime commodities targeting less fortunate in Sogod town and this city respectively on May 14 and 13.

AMSL-PIA press briefing. Bong Pedalino, Mike Nunez, Erna Sy-Gorne, Jani Arnaiz, Quirico Gorpido, Jr. and Jake Nombrado at launching of weekly regular press briefing.

Mike Nunez, DTI provincial head, said that the discount caravan will be participated in by well known multi-national companies.  

Rice though will not be included in the caravan that will sell canned goods, toiletries and bread at a discounted rate of ten percent, said the provincial head of DTI.

Nunez said during the first ever AMSL-PIA press briefing that the second caravan is not a post “Yolanda” activity. “This will be a regular undertaking of DTI to help the less fortunate avail of commodities that could be had for ten percent less of its regular prices.”

The press briefing will be a regular weekly feature of private media group AMSL (Associated Media of Southern Leyte) and PIA, the communication arm of the government.

Nunez assured that they will correct the flaws that beset the post “Yolanda” caravan where consumers bought commodities well above their needs.

“Let me assure the public that we will be monitoring buyers who would avail of the discounted rates and see to it that they will not buy beyond their needs to quell the allegation that they are buying in bulk to resell it.” 

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26th April 2014
Belgian donates hospital beds, other items to So. Leyte hospital
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 26, 2014, 8:24 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

April 26, 2014

MAASIN CITY – The operation of the new state-of-the-art Southern Leyte hospital, which is as huge as it is, one hectare in floor area, may ease-up a bit with a large donation of medical implements from a Belgian national.

Patrick Haghedooren, who claimed to be an ordinary employee in a government telephone company in Belgium, donated 90 brand new roll-up hospital beds, 100 mattress, 300 blankets, 200 bed sheets and 40 operations clothes.

Gov. Roger Mercado, Patrick Haghedooren and Rep. Damian Mercado pose with the donated medical implements.

The good Samaritan also donated 10 units wheelchairs, 10 walker and 5 crutches.

"Actually I brought in from Belgium eight 40-footer container vans fully loaded with medical and hospital equipment,” said Haghedooren adding that he’s been in Southern Leyte many times in seven years. He married a Southern Leytena, Sandra Peruso, from Buscayan, Macrohon 13 km from the city.

“I’ve seen a lot of improvement in the province. The roads are well maintained and the environment is clean. I just thought it best to help the province.”

He said he hope that the donations will be taken care of.

The Belgian is also set to donate hospital equipment to San Francisco in Camotes, Cebu, Carigara in Leyte and in Samar.

Donated hiospital beds and other items.

Last year he donated wheelchairs to Salvacion Oppus Yniguez memorial hospital and in Limasawa and St. Bernard hospitals in Southern Leyte.

Haghedooren disclosed that there is no foundation behind in his endeavor. “I know a lot of people in our country who also have a heart for the poor people.

In their response, siblings Gov. Roger Mercado and Rep. Damian Mercado could only say God bless to people like Haghedooren.

Gov. Mercado said the donations is a lot of savings for the province since the funds intended for the same items could be channeled to other purposes for the full operation of the hospital which is set to open on August this year. “The timing was just perfect. Thank you Patrick.

For his part, Rep. Mercado told hospital workers to take care of just like their own.

On March 31, the hospital which sits in a three hectare land area, had its soft opening with Health secretary Enrique Ona as the guest speaker.

Ona assured that the hospital will be viable since the new program of the Philhealth which hope to enroll at least half of the nation’s population particularly the indigents.

“With the program, the Philhealth will be the one paying for the indigent patients.”

 

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2nd April 2014
PhilHealth to help make government hospitals self-sustaining - Ona
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 2, 2014, 8:30 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

Inquirer Visayas

MAASIN CITY, Philippines—Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona has expressed optimism that government hospitals would become self-sustaining as the Aquino administration was pushing for more PhilHealth enrollment, particularly among the poorest of the poor.

Ona, who was here to speak at the “soft opening” of the newly constructed Southern Leyte Provincial Hospital, told journalists  he saw  no problem in the operation of the new facility, or any other government hospital, as the government was increasing the number of PhilHealth beneficiaries. The hospital is not completely finished yet.

“By July of this year the DSWD will be evaluating the new list of indigents, targeting at least half of the population in the country through the Pangkalahatang Kalusugan program of the Aquino administration,” he said.

Ona said that under the program the government would pay for the yearly PhilHealth premium of poor families, many of whose members die  without seeing doctors or going to hospitals.

“With this, the PhilHealth will now be paying hospitals for the hospitalization of sick members of poor families. They will leave the hospital without paying a single centavo.”

By this alone, he said, hospital operations could be sustained.

Ona said close coordination between LGUs and the Department of Health was essential for the success of the Pangkahalatan Kalusugan program.

“The DOH could not… (provide) health service for the people without the help of the LGUs, which will be in charge of identifying the PhilHealth beneficiaries whose premiums will be funded by sin taxes,” Ona said.

Noting its modern structure, Ona predicted the new hospital, touted to be the biggest in Eastern Visayas, would become a premier hospital in the region, serving not only Southern Leyte’s 500,000 population but also residents of towns in Leyte province.

He said the hospital will have CT scan and state-of-the- art laboratory facilities so that patients will not need to go to Ormoc or Tacloban for these tests.

The new hospital, which cost around P300 million, has about one hectare of floor area with 87 private rooms sitting on 3.17 hectares of land  in the village of Dongon, five kilometers from the center of Maasin.

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