COMPILED BY THE EV MAIL TEAM
ORMOC CITY – 2017 was a year of many contrasts for the people of Ormoc and, perhaps, the entire Eastern Visayas.As your favorite weekly newspaper bids farewell to 2017, and as we welcome the Year of the Earth Dog, 2018, we compiled what we believe to be the Top 10 Stories of the year that came to pass. Here they are:
• 48 injured in Supercat crash – On the evening of Feb-ruary 18, 2017, a Supercat fast craft coming in from Ormoc col-lided into a San Miguel barge, just about 20 minutes before it could have docked in Cebu. There were no casualties but 48 passengers were injured, four of them quite severely.
• Lucy votes ‘yes’ to death – There were 10 “yes” votes from Eastern Visayas congressmen, 1 “no” and 2 “absent”. Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez defending her “yes” vote for the re-imposition of the death penalty said that, “I thought long and hard about it. Voting yes gave me the most peace. I like knowing that there is capital punishment for the evil ones.”
• For the alleged murder of the late Albuera Mayor… No bail set for 19 CIDG men – The 19 officers and members of the Criminal Investigation and De-tection Group (CIDG) in region 8, who have been accused for the alleged murder of the late Albuera Mayor Rolando Espi-nosa Jr. last November 5, 2016, were detained at the CIDG office in Tacloban City, following their surrender late March 2017; and no bail for their temporary liberty was recommended, as they faced murder charges .
• Ormoc makes instal-lation of water-harvesting fa-cilities mandatory – In what is viewed as a climate change resilience measure, Ormoc City made the installation of water-harvesting facilities mandatory for new buildings, even residen-tial ones, to be constructed after the “Rainwater Ordinance of Ormoc City” passed on second reading last May 18, 2017.
• Ormoc City first to implement speed limits using speed guns – The Local Government Unit of Ormoc City, headed by Mayor Richard Gomez, is the first LGU in Eastern Visayas to implement speed limits with the use of speed ray guns, a “gift” of the mayor to Ormocanons, which he turned over to the city police on his birthday last April 7, 2017.
• ’16,000 Blossoms’ opens – The city government of Baybay opened last June 2017, at nighttime, the “16,000 Blossoms” garden, now a major attraction at the city’s Lintaon Peak.
• 2 killed in Leyte quake – In the afternoon of July 6, 2017, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake badly affected Ormoc City and the town of Kananga, killing two people and injuring more than 100 people.
• Agri firm vows to make Leyte the rice capital – The “Rice Revolution” aimed at making Leyte as the “rice capital of the Philippines” was started in Alangalang town last August 2017, after an ambitious young company inked a loan agreement with Land Bank of the Philippines to help Leyte rice farmers become “rich as farmers in France”.
• Human Nature opens Ormoc branch – One of the
Country’s fastest growing networking stores of beauty and home care products, Human Nature, now has a branch in Ormoc City after it opened its doors to the public last September 18, 2017.
• FB post on alleged anomalies rock OCCCI – Ormoc’s homegrown cooperative, the Metro-Ormoc Multipurpose Credit Cooperative (OCCCI), which has become one of the biggest cooperative in Eastern Visayas, was rocked by allegations that some of its high ranking officers have abused their positions and earned hefty commissions from the sale of some of its properties. However, this was swiftly denied by the OCCCI board of directors through an official statement published in this newspaper. Our honorable mentions, meanwhile, include:
• Samar, Palompon bag PEARL tourism awards
• Palompon is Galing Pook Awardee again!
• OrCham is “Most Outstanding in the Visayas” • Palompon Eco-Park opens
• PDEA says Ormoc drug free
• Baybay City tops SGLG quest
• Ormoc gets Ombuds award
• 2 killed, 9 missing in Ormoc
• WHO issues revised findings on Dengue Vaccine