|Regional center||Tacloban City, Leyte|
|– Density||168.5 per km²|
|– Cong. districts||12|
Eastern Visayas is one of the regions of the Philippines and is designated as Region VIII. It consists of six provinces, namely, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar and Southern Leyte. These provinces occupy the easternmost islands of Visayas: Leyte, Samar and Biliran. The regional commercial and trade center is Tacloban City while government center is Palo, Leyte.
Region VIII is inhabited by the Warai, the country’s fourth largest cultural linguistic group. But Cebuanos, from the nearby island of Cebu live in Ormoc City.
The region receives heavy rainfall throughout the year with no pronounced dry season.
Eastern Visayas is primarily an agricultural region with rice, corn, coconut, sugarcane and banana as major crops. Its total land area is 21,431.7 sq. kms. 52% of its total land area are classified as forestland and 48% as alienable and disposable land.
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.
Primary sources of revenue are manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade and services. Mining, farming, fishing and tourism contribute significantly to the economy Manufacturing firms include mining companies, fertilizer plants, sugar central, rice and corn mills and other food processing plants. Cebu is the hub of investment, trade and development in the region.
Other industries include mining, rice, corn and sugar milling, coconut oil extraction, alcohol distilling, beverage manufacture and forest products. Home industries include hat and basket weaving, metal craft, needlecraft, pottery, ceramics, woodcraft, shell craft and bamboo craft.
| Pop. density|
|Eastern Samar||Borongan City||375,822||4,339.6||86.6|
|Southern Leyte||Maasin City||360,160||1,734.8||207.6|
Capital Cities and Towns in Eastern Visayas
- Tacloban City, Province of Leyte
- Maasin City, Province of Southern Leyte
- Borongan, Province of Eastern Samar
- Catbalogan, Province of Samar
- Catarman, Province of Northern Samar
- Naval, Province of Biliran