Leyte is one of the bigger islands of the country. The island counts only
two cities of moderate size. Tacloban, situated in the northeast, is
provincial capital of the island and far out the biggest city of Leyte.
Ormoc City in the western part of the island, is smaller and a more
typical regional town with a mixture of features of modern and
activities in Ormoc City
Ormoc City is always full of activity.
People are engaged in all kind of services. The daily fish- and meat
markets, vegetables & fruit markets are always full of people and are very nice to visit.
The streets in the inner core of the city are the area of many tricycles,
minibuses (multicabs) and jeepneys. In many different colors and
Employment for the locals
Ormoc City as a regional town, offers many jobs in two hospitals, the
local government offices, banks, schools and a few bigger hotels and
restaurants. Besides these formal (official) services, most people are
active in the smaller shops, restaurants, on the markets and especially
in the transportation of goods and persons.
Since years ago the sugarcane fabric near Ormoc was closed, the only
possibilities for paid jobs are in the public and private service sectors
of the economy.
Despite these opportunities for jobs in Ormoc City, there is a
growing demand for paid work and the unemployment is high and growing
every year. This problem of unemployment is all over the country.
and colorful means of transportation
few families have their own means of transportation. There are only few
private cars. Also you'll will hardly see bikes on the streets.
Most of the time Filipinos will pay some pesos to make use of one of the
cheap means of transportation. Even for short distances of a few
hundreds of meters, many Filipinos prefer to make use of a tricycle
in stead of walking. This 'tradition created possibilities for a well
developed transportation sector with many kinds of cheap transportation
means. That is the reason that in Ormoc City too traffic is present all over the place.
sometimes noisy, it's never irritating. On the contrary, its colorful,
original (tricycles, multicabs and jeepneys with all kind of flags, names and
attributes on the outside borders) and especially cheap. To see and experience a real
mixture of all means of transportation ( the tricycle, the multicab (small
minibus), the jeepneys, old busses with open windows (no glass) and modern busses
(with air co),
just go to Ormoc City!
Picture: © E.C. de Schoolmeester
Every day's fish
the Filipino people!
Filipinos are remarkable
friendly and gentle to foreigners. The people
seems to be smiling all the time. They like it (most of the time) when a foreigner, wants to take a
picture of them. On the market too, Filipinos seems to have an ever lasting smile.
And, as if they know the foreigner from before, more than once somebody
will call you (at least, when you are a man.) ......" Hey Joe!". Most of the time they know your nationality
Fredo, Ormoc City