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Gen. MacArthur Landing. Red Beach, Palo, Leyte. October 1944

Leyte Provincial Capitol Building. Erected MCMXVII

Aerial view of the San Juanico Bridge

 


LEYTE @ A GLANCE

Leyte is one of the country's most historic provinces. It is the site of uprising against the Spaniards and the famous landing of the U.S. Forces during World War II. This historic consciousness is reflected in Leyte's seal with stars symbolizing the towns of the province and an alphabet on cross argent representing the ancient letter "L". The white cross indicates the second phase of Leyte's development, when Magellan passed through en route Cebu, while the upper portion commemorates the landing of General Douglas MacArthur through a perspective of the National Freedom Park. The capital City of Tacloban is the most important seaport on the eastern coast, while Ormoc City and Baybay City are the outlets on the western coast.
 

Land Area

5,712.80 square kilometers or   571,280 hectares

Population

1.72 million (2007 census)

Average Annual Growth Rate

1.13%

Local Languages

Lineyte-Samarnon (Waray-waray) and Cebuano

Other Major Languages

English, Chinese and Filipino

Political Subdivisions

 

     -   Congressional  Districts

5

     -   Cities

3

     -   Municipalities

40

     -   Barangays

1,641

Governor

Carlos Jericho L. Petilla

Provincial Capital

Tacloban City

Literacy Rate

91.1%

Total Labor Force

1.022 million

     -  Employment Rate

87.8%

     -  Unemployment Rate

8.2%

     -  Underemployment Rate

11.1%

Income Derived in

 

     -  Trade & Services

53.44%

     -  Agriculture & Fisheries

19.84%

     -  Industry

11.32%

Climate


There are two types of climate in the province.  The eastern part has Type II climate characterized by a very pronounced rainfall from November to January.  The western portion has Type IV climate with a rainfall that is more or less distributed throughout the year.
 

Peace and Order


Peaceful    and   Safe      Environment  for  Investment.    
With a very low crime rate and the absence of armed conflicts, Leyte is among the safest and peaceful provinces in the country. Our police force was awarded  the "Best Police Provincial Office" and the “Best Regional  Law  Enforcement Coordinating Committee” for two consecutive years.
 

 

 



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