Eastern Visayas, designated as Region 8, is situated in the middle of the Philippines along with two other regions (Reg. 6 and 7). It connects Luzon and Mindanao via National Maharlika Highway that runs across it and houses the longest and internationally acclaimed bridge in the Philippines, the San Juanico Bridge, as well as the tallest road channel, the Agas-agas Bridge. With a total land area of 2,323,140 ha, the region 8 is composed of three major islands: Leyte, Biliran and Samar with a total of six provinces namely the Eastern and Northern Samar, Biliran, Samar and Southern Leyte, and a highly urbanized city of Tacloban which serves as the Eastern Visayas Regional Center (EVRC).
The people of Eastern Visayas or the Warays sum up a total population of 4,440,150 based on the 2015 Census of Population (PopCen). The region 8 is rich in agri lands and other natural resources with a major production of rice, coconut, sugarcane, sweet potato, abaca, corn and banana. In fact, it is the 2nd largest producer of abaca and coconut in the Philippines. Aside from such, region 8 is also termed as the “Geothermal Capital of the Philippines” for its vast reserves of geothermal power.