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List of Municipalities in the Western Samar province within Region VIII in the Republic of The Philippines
Almagro | Basey | Calbiga | Daram | Gandara | Hinabangan | Jiabong | Marabut | Matuguinao | Motiong | Pagsanghan | Paranas | Pinabacdao | San Jorge | San Jose De Buan | San Sebastian | Santa Margarita | Santa Rita | Santo Niño | Tagapul-An | Talalora | Tarangnan | Villareal | Zumarraga
Cities in the Province of Samar: Calbayog City | Catbalogan City (Capital)
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Province of Samar (Western), Philippines

  • The province of Western Samar is within Region VIII. As of 2007 the land area of Western Samar was 604,803 hectares, which is about 42% of the island's total land area

The Physical environment of Samar includes almost every kind of topography: mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, plains, coasts and islands. It has a much lower highland system compared to other provinces. The central upland core is formed from a broad plateau with local relief sight ranging from 700 to 1,000 feet. Numerous streams in the island have cut sharp valleys on the surface of this plateau and the overall landscape is hilly and rugged.

The province of Samar has 24 municipalities, 2 cities, and 949 barangays. Most of these municipalities are along the coast. The capital town of Samar province is Catbalogan which is also an important seaport facing the Maqueda Bay.

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Location of Samar, Philippines

There are three provinces located in the Island of Samar: Western Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.

Samar Province is 802 kilometers from Manila. It lies southeast of Luzon and occupies the westernmost section of the Samar Island in the visayas islands within Region VIII. To the north, it is bounded by the province of Northern Samar; on the east by the province of Eastern Samar; to the west by the Samar Sea and to the south by the Leyte Gulf.

Samar is connected with the province of Leyte thru Marcos Bridge on the southwest across the San Juanico strait.

History of Samar, Philippines

Prior to the approval of Republic Act No. 4221 on June 19, 1965, Samar province comprised the whole island of Samar. Under this act, the western portion was created as a separate province named Western Samar. A subsequent legislation (Republic Act No. 5650) however, changed the name of the province of Samar on June 21, 1969.

The Jesuit missionaries founded Samar in 1596. They introduced the Roman Catholic faith to the people of Samar. When the Jesuits left Samar in 1768, the Spanish Franciscans took over the administration.

The former names given to Samar were Zamal, Ibabao, Achan and Tandaya. Legend stated that when the Spaniards first set foot in Homonhon, they met a wounded native from whom they asked the name of the place. The wounded man did not understand Spanish. He thought they were asking what happened to him and he replied "samad" meaning wound in the local dialect. So, the navigators adopted the name for the island with a slight alteration of the last letter, from Samad to Samar.

During the early days of Spanish occupation in the Philippines, Samar was under the jurisdiction of Cebu. Later, it was declared a separate province, but in 1735, Samar and Leyte were united into one province with Carigara, in Leyte, as the capital. The union, however, did not prove satisfactory. So, in 1968, Samar has emerged as an independent political unit with Catbalogan as its capital.

On January 1900, the Americans captured the town of Catbalogan. Civil governments were established on June 17, 1902 and Julio Llorente was appointed as the first governor of Samar.

During the administration of Governor Baltazar Avelino, Samar was converted into a first class "A" province. Calbayog City became a chartered city on July 16 by virtue of Republic Act no. 328.

People of Samar, Philippines

  • Western Samar Population (as of Aug 1, 2007 Census) = 695,149
  • Western Samar Registered Voters (2009 COMELEC) = 442,662

Elected Government Officials of Samar, Philippines

Elected officials of Samar for the term of 2013-2016

Elected officials of Samar for the term of 2010-2013

Elected officials of Samar for the term of 2007-2010

Barangays Elected Officials of Western Samar

Businesses in Samar, Philippines

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Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in Samar, Philippines

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Schools in Samar, Philippines

School year 2013-2014 starts June 3 and ends March 31, 2014, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.

The multisectoral Brigada Eskwela to prepare schools for the students’ return will be on May 21-26. Oplan Balik Eskwela will be from May 28 to June 8 while orientation on K to 12 for parents and other stakeholders will be on June 9.

Although private schools may deviate from the Department of Education (DepEd) calendar, they are enjoined not to start before June 3 and later than Aug 31.


School Year 2013-2014 in public elementary and high schools will start on June 3 and end on March 31, 2014 The name of your school in Samar can be listed here. You can list it like this:

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Economy of Samar, Philippines

The Maharlika Highway links Samar to Luzon and Mindanao with barges available in Allen, Northern Samar crossing San Bernardino Strait to Bicol in going north. On the other hand, passage to Mindanao is through Tacloban City with a ferryboat ride in Liloan, Southern Leyte in crossing to Surigao.

The road network in the province is 903.137 kilometers long. Bridges connecting the national and provincial roads have a total length of 3,633 lineal meters made of steel, 1,425 lineal meters of concrete, 64 lineal meters of bailey and 97 lineal meters made of timber

Airport

The province has two existing airports namely, the Calbayog Airport and the Catbalogan Airport. The Calbayog Airport, which is considered a secondary airport, ha a concrete surface. It has a total runway length of 1,475 meters and a width of 30 meters. This airport can accommodate aircraft for general aviation (weighing 12,000 pounds and below). At present, this airport serves commercial flights of the Philippine Airlines. Flights from and to Manila are available five times a week using a fokker-50 aircraft.

On the other hand, there are no commercial flights available at the Catbalogan Airport. Classified as a feeder airport, its runway has a length of 1,200 meters and width of 30 meters. It can only accommodate aircraft's for general aviation. At present, construction of the airport is being undertaken.

ROADS AND BRIDGES

The Maharlika Highway links Samar to Luzon and Mindanao with barges available in Allen, Northern Samar crossing San Bernardino Strait to Bicol in going north. On the other hand, passage to Mindanao is through Tacloban City with a ferryboat ride in Liloan, Southern Leyte in crossing to Surigao.

The road network in the province is 903.137 kilometers long. Bridges connecting the national and provincial roads have a total length of 3,633 lineal meters made of steel, 1,425 lineal meters of concrete, 64 lineal meters of bailey and 97 lineal meters made of timber.

SEAPORT

Almost all of the coastal municipalities of the province has its own port. However, only the ports in Catbalogan and Calbayog City are classified as national ports. These ports serve inter-island vessels plying Manila, Cebu and other neighboring cities.

POWER

The power needs of the province is supplied by the National Power Corporation (NPC) Tongonan geothermal Plant through the Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Calbayog City is serviced by SAMELCO I. It operates the Capoocan Diesel Power which has a capacity of 250 kilowatts aside from the Ton-ok Mini-Hydro Plant with a capacity of 500 kW per day. Another potential for hydro-generated electricity with an estimated capacity four times more powerful than that generated by Ton-ok falls is the Bugtong Falls in Tinambacan in the same City.

SAMELCO II servicing the District of Samar has attained a total energization of its 15 municipalities including Marabut and the Island municipalities of Daram and Zumarraga. It has the most reliable power in Samar and Leyte since it is the only electric cooperative within the region and of the whole Philippines that has a standby generating unit with a total capacity of 2.5 MW. Aside from this, it is charging a rate lower than the authorized rates approved by the Energy Regulatory Board.

In terms of power stability, SAMELCO II ha two 5 MVA sub-stations located in Paranas and Catbalogan fully equipped with the different electric line materials and accessories needed in servicing a lot more of consumers especially the industrial and commercial ones.

COMMUNICATION

Public and Private companies service the telecommunication needs of Samar. The province has five (5) radio stations, eight (8) cable TV firms, one TV station and one local newspaper, three telephone exchanges-one operated by the government and 2 by the private, 29 public telegraph stations, 2 private telegraph companies, 3 fax stations and 5 forwarders.

The Telecommunications Office (TELOF), a government-owned communication has uplifted its telephone system by installing direct-distance dialing lines with a capacity of 500 domestic and international calls. The government program to install a public calling office in all municpalities is an on-going project under RA 6849. The Eastern Visayas Telephone Company (EVTELCO) operates one of its six- (6) telephone exchanges in Catbalogan equipped with direct dial facilities for local and international long distance calls.

Jobs in Samar Philippines

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Natural Resources of Samar, Philippines

The source of water in the province comes primarily from artesian wells, jetmatic pumps, springs and communal faucets. The urban center, however, area served by formal water supply systems with potable water through the Local Water District.

Protect the environment

It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!


Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.

The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More


We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.

Contact:

  • Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626
  • osec@denr.gov.ph

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.


Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions of Samar, Philippines

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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Samar, Philippines

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Philippine News

  • PH furniture industry taps ASEAN market
  • Friday, April 25, 2014
MANILA, April 25 -- Through persistent trade promotion efforts, the Philippine furniture industry continues to strengthen its position as a steady supplier of innovative products for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market, a statement said.
“We are continuously advancing Philippine design for the thriving ASEAN market not just through our signature design event, the Manila FAME, but also by participating in prominent events in the region like the Maison&Objet Asia,” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr. said ....................... Full Story»

  • IFC, Phl to ramp up green buildings project
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:15 pm
MANILA, Philippines — International Finance Corp., a member of the World Bank Group, is stepping up its work with the Philippine government to expand the development of green buildings.
IFC is also conducting technical studies that will be used in drafting laws requiring new buildings to reduce electricity use. These measures will help the country cut the greenhouse-gas emissions of new buildings by 20 percent annually. ....................... Full Story»

  • Int’l dragonboat fest under way in Boracay
  • Friday, April 25, 2014 12:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - A record field of 1,085 paddlers from 32 teams, including eight international squads, vie in the eighth Boracay International Dragonboat Festival set April 24-26 at Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa.
Organized by the Boracay Island Paddlers Association (BIPA), the event is supported by AXN, Coca-Cola, Headware, Jack Daniels, The Boracay Beach Resort, Knot Just Weddings, Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort, Nami Resort, Novuhair, Fairways and Bluewater, Boracay Foundation Inc., Escondido Boracay Beach Resort, Boracay Island Water Company, and the Municipal Government of Malay ....................... Full Story»

Western Samar Zip Codes

Source: Philippine Postal Corporation
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6700 Catbalogan Western Samar
6701 Jiabong Western Samar
6702 Motiong Western Samar
6703 Wright Western Samar
6704 Tarangnan Western Samar
6705 Pagsanjan Western Samar
6706 Gandara Western Samar
6707 San Jorge Western Samar
6708 Matuguinao Western Samar
6709 Sta. Margarita Western Samar
6710 Calbayog City Western Samar
6711 Sto. Nino Western Samar
6712 Tagapulan Western Samar
6713 Hinbangan Western Samar
6714 San Sebastian Western Samar
6715 Calbiga Western Samar
6716 Pinabacdao Western Samar
6717 Villareal Western Samar
6718 Sta. Rita Western Samar
6719 Talarora Western Samar
6720 Basey Western Samar
6721 Marabut Western Samar
6722 Daram Western Samar
6723 San Jose de Bauan Western Samar
6724 Almagro Western Samar
6725 Zumarraga Western Samar

Samar News

USNS MERCY on its Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) run goes to Western Samar June 18 to July 1, 2012.

Its Mission Statement: "Preparing In Calm To Help in Crisis"

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- One World Institute Inc. President Yolanda "Mg. YO" Stern has announced that the USNS MERCY will visit Western Samar in the Philippines from June 18 to July 1, 2012. It will be anchored in Calbayog bringing with it hospital as well as land-based misssions.

In Indonesia, the MERCY team ran a veterinary, construction, as well as surgical mission and even threw in the TPP band for entertainment.

Per Ms. Stern, the MERCY expects to promote goodwill while serving hundreds of Samaranons.

S. Maria Lohmeyer, Lt. Commander of USN Pacific Partnership 2012 is the Public Affairs Officer of the MERCY.

  • For further information, please contact Ms. Yolanda O. Stern,
  • President of One World Institute
  • (510) 541-0964
  • YolandaOStern@aol.com

Army condemns use of land mines

by (PIA8 Samar with LTC. Alvin Lagamon)


CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, May 11 (PIA) -- The Eighth Infantry Division (8th ID) is calling on the public to join them in condemning the continued use of landmines by the New People’s Army (NPA).

BGen. Gerardo T. Layug, commanding general of the 8th ID of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the use of landmines is a violation of Republic Act 9851 (Crime Against International Law).

This is also a clear violation of the paragraph 15, article II of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHIHL). It is prohibited because such attack will cause incidental loss of life or injury to civilians.

“I call on everyone to condemn this senseless act of violence against our troops and our people,” Layug said.

On December 14, 2010, local NPAs launched a landmine attack at the vicinity of Barangay Sta. Fe and Barangay Perez, Catubig, Northern Samar against the elements of 63rd Infantry Battalion (63rd IB) which resulted to the death of military troops and a nine-year-old boy.

Recently, the NPA have also used landmines against government troops in Barangay Antipolo, Llorente, Eastern Samar and Barangay Nago-Ocan, Catubig, Northern Samar.

In other areas, the rebels also employed landmines during an attack against the operating elements of the 71st Infantry Battalion (71st IB) at Sitio Linaw, Brgy Panamin, Mabini town, Compostella Valley on April 28, 2012, killing a soldier and wounding seven civilians. A similar incident also happened on February 27, 2012 in another undisclosed area. Early this year an elderly woman died during a landmine explosion in CARAGA region and the previous year another civilian was killed due to a landmine explosion at Maco, Compostella Valley.

It may also be recalled that in the early morning of March 5, 2012, the 8th ID troops seized forty-four (44) improvised landmines and production paraphernalia in an NPA explosive factory in the hinterlands of the Municipality of Paranas, Samar.

“All of these only prove the NPA’s tenacity to use landmines in complete disregard of the safety of the innocent civilians. The Human Rights Office is already preparing to file criminal charges against the NPA rebels for these blatant violations of IHL provisions,” according to a statement from the 8th ID in a press release.

Samar, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling

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