Southern Leyte

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Southern Leyte is a province of the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region.

Province of Southern Leyte
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Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Governor Rosette Y. Lerias
Barangays 500
Physical characteristics
Area 1,734.8 km²
(16th smallest)
Total (2000) 360,160
(18th smallest)
Density 208/km²
(42nd highest)

Southern Leyte forms an important part of the inter-island transportation system of the country, with ferries transporting people and goods between Liloan and Surigao del Norte in Mindanao.

Limasawa, an island municipality to the south is believed to be the site of the first Christian mass (Liturgy)|mass in the far east, when Ferdinand Magellan landed there in 1521.


People and culture

The native language is Cebuano. English, Tagalog, and Waray are widely understood as second languages.




Southern Leyte is subdivided into 18 municipalities and 1 city.




Southern Leyte occupies the southern one-fourth of the island of Leyte. Southern Leyte is bounded by the province of Leyte to the north, by Surigao Strait to the east, Bohol Sea to the south, and Canigao Channel, across from Bohol, to the west. Its capital is Maasin City.


For a time, Southern Leyte was a part of Leyte province. The difficulty of managing the entire island from Tacloban, the capital of Leyte, suggested the need to separate the island into two provinces. A law, Republic Act 2227, was passed forming the province of Southern Leyte in 1959 and the province was inaugurated in 1960.

In December 2003, a landslide in San Francisco, Southern Leyte destroyed most of the town, killing 200 people. [1]

2006 Southern Leyte mudslide

On February 17, 2006, several mudslides caused by heavy rains, amounting over 200cm (79 inches), and a minor earthquake destroyed at least one town and many buildings, leaving hundreds dead. Rescue efforts were greatly hampered by poor road conditions and lack of heavy equipment. Unfortunately. The barangay of Guinsaugon was completely leveled and everything from trees to homes destroyed.

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