2,560,000 (2000 census).
Eastern Visayas, all of Samar island, and associated islands, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar provinces; eastern half, Biliran Province; Leyte Province, Leyte town east, Carigara bay, south to Tacloban, continuing along Leyte gulf shore south, inland area west to highlands.
3 (Wider communication). Statutory language of provincial identity in Samar, Leyte islands (1991, ACFLC Section 3(f)).
Northern Samar, Samar-Leyte, Waray.