Region VIII Western Samar
REGION VIII : EASTERN VISAYAS GEOGRAPHICAL
Eastern Visayas encompasses the two large islands of Leyte and
Samar, the province of Biliran and several minor islands. This
region is the eastern boundary of the Philippines.
The San Bernardino Strait separates Eastern Visayas from Luzon in
the southeast while the Surigao Strait separates the province of
Leyte from the northeastern part of Mindanao. The Visayan and
Camotes Seas separate the region from the rest of the Visayas. On
the east, the region faces the Pacific Ocean.
The San Juanico Strait separates the islands of Samar and Leyte.
The terrain of the two large islands is entirely different. Leyte has a
high peaked mountain mass in the interior while Samar has low
rugged hills interspersed with valleys
As of 2000, the total population of the region was
3,589,000. This increased by 6.02% from its population
of 3,366,917. In 1990, 52% or 1,558,826 of its total
population was male. 69% lived in the rural areas.
The eastern portion of the region is frequently visited by
storms from the Pacific Ocean. The region receives heavy
rainfall throughout the year with no pronounced dry
The region’s sea and inland waters are rich sources of salt
and fresh water fish and other marine products. It is one
of the fish exporting regions of the country.
There are substantial forest reserves in the interiors of
the islands. Its mineral deposits include chromite, nickel,
clay, coal, limestone, pyrite and sand and gravel.
It has abundant geothermal energy and water resources
to support the needs of medium and heavy industries.
The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (hereinafter
referred to at RDCC) shall be composed of the Regional
PNP Director as Chairman, and heads of regional offices
and field stations, national agencies and selected Non
Government Organizations (NGOs) at the regional level
as member.The Regional Governor of ARMM shall act as
the Chairman and PNP Regional Director as Vice-
Chairman and the OCD Regional Office shall be the
Executive arm and secretariat and as such, the Regional
Director shall serve as the Executive Officer.
Metro Manila Disaster Coordinating Council (MMDCC)
Contact Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte
ANGEL D. GAVIOLA
Director, OCD Region VIII
053-3235301 PCSUPT MARIO R. SANDIEGO
Philippine National Police
CREATED BY: KAREN IGNACIO VALENCIA
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