A seal is a device to authenticate written matter purportedly emanating from an individual or organization. In its earliest usage, it was a device used not only to identify but also to replace the signature of an individual or organization. Thus, from its earliest appearance up to the present, a seal has always been used to purposes of identification or authenticate identification.
The province seal is as much an identification of the province as the flag. The official seal contains the following symbol:
1. Two hands in a handclasp – one hand obviously belongs to a native while the other belongs to a foreigner. Viewed within the context of the Philippine history, the foreigner must be Spanish. The handclasp generally connotes friendship and hospitality. In its broader sense, it could mean the proverbial meeting of the East and the West.
2. The Cross and the Spanish. galleons are allusion to its historical past; the discovery of the Philippines by Magellan in the service of the Spanish Crown and the First Christian Mass on the Philippine soil on Easter Sunday, March 31. 1521.
3. The abaca and coconut leaves represent the two major products of the province.
4. Southern Leyte became a separate province on July 1, 1960, the date of the affectivity of the law, R.A. 2227 which created the province.