|Region||Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)|
|Governor||Rosette Y. Lerias|
|Area|| 1,734.8 km²|
|Total (2000)|| 360,160|
People and culture
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.
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.
- Official Website of Southern Leyte
- Philippine Information Agency webpage about Southern Leyte
- Sogodbay Tales & Images