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By Justin Paul D. Marbella, PITO La Union

The people of La Union are set for vibrant local tourism, as a more inclusive and dynamic celebration of the National Tourism Month takes place this week.

The third La Union Tourism and Travel Expo (LUTTE) is set on September 25-27, 2014 at the CSI The City Mall Event Atrium, City of San Fernando, La Union, and exciting shows and activities will come in flurry.

The LUTTE 2014 features an all-in tourism event that enjoins local government units, tourism councils, hotels, resorts, restaurants, travel management companies and tour operators, the academe, and other interest organizations.

Burst of colors and excitement is on the way as 27 booth exhibitors will display and offer sample services, company treats and freebies, and surprise sorts.

Meanwhile, schools will battle it out in various competitions that will test their knowledge in travel and tourism, such as the essay writing contest and tourism quiz bee.

This year’s three-day event will also be a celebration of the local culture and arts. Various cultural presentations and art exhibits will give every spectator a total visual extravaganza.

Everybody is hence invited to take part in this colorful welcome for the undeniably growing travel and tourism industry of La Union. The LUTTE 2014 will open on September 25, 2014, 2pm at CSI Event Atrium.
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By: Joanna C. Guerrero, PITO-LU

The province of La Union was not spared from the srong winds and heavy rains during the onslaught of typhoon “Luis”, with international code name Kalmaegi on September 15, 2014. Nevertheless, the province recorded a zero-casualty despite being under signal number 2. This is an attestation of the commitment of the Provincial Government of La Union headed by Governor Manuel C. Ortega to protect the people especially during disasters through its Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center (PDRRMC) and other agencies.

The PDRRMC reported that on September 15 at 11:00pm, a total of 1,693 families were evacuated from their homes during the peak of typhoon Luis. A total of 30 areas in the municipalities of Sto. Tomas, Agoo, Aringay and San Fernando City were flooded and 2 areas were eroded. 15 houses were also partially damaged and 1 was totally damaged because of the strong winds brought by the typhoon. Some areas also experienced power interruptions but were then restored after all broken lines were repaired. Damages amounting to Php 13,075,519.50 in agriculture and fisheries and 5,050,000.00 Php to infrastructures were incurred by typhoon Luis.

Prior to its onslaught on the afternoon of September 14 in the province, the disaster operation centers already laid various preparedness measures and monitoring activities to ensure safety of the people. Rescue vehicles and evacuation centers had been prepared and monitoring and roving team had been activated. According to Mr. Bobby Valdriz, Head of PDRRMC Response Team, the zero casualty record had been attained due to quick response and preparation. Families who were evacuated already returned to their homes the following day and affected families were given due assistance by their respective LGUs and by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
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By: Abigail A. Cabilin, PITO-LU

More or less 600 Barangay Health Workers (BHW)s, visitors and guests attended the La Union Barangay Health Workers’ Congress with the theme, “Health and Wellness for all in 2014-2020” held on August 28, 2014 at the Don Pacoy Ortega Sports Center, City of San Fernando, La Union. This year’s gathering was focused on the Philhealth’s vision on providing accessible and affordable health care needs to the people.

In his welcome remarks, Dr. Hector T. Benas, Provincial Health Officer II emphasized the importance of being a Philhealth Member and the vital role of BHWs to the health insurance program of the government. According to Dr. Benas, BHW serves as a link of what is happening down the grassroots, for they are the initial health provider who would know what the people need.

Meanwhile, Vice Gov. Aureo Augusto Q. Nisce in his inspirational message applauded the BHWsof La Union for garnering the Regional Award as the Best Performing BHW Federation for 2013. He compared the BHW as the front liner in a warzone and that they should be compelled to be Philhealth members. “Don’t look up at stress as to put you down but look beyond the stress and think positively”, he concluded.

Serving as the Guest of Honor and Speaker, ABONO Party-list Representative Cong. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III in his speech shared the good deeds and exemplary accomplishments of his father, Gov. Manuel C. Ortega whom he considers his idol, mentor, friend and leader. He personally thanked the BHWs for their volunteerism and dedication to duty in the effective delivery of basic health services in the areas of nutrition, health and childcare.

The BHWs meanwhile expressed their support to the health and social services programs of the ABONO Party-list. The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) continues to be supportive to the programs of the BHWs as they play a vital role in the community and a strong foundation and partner of the province in the delivery of health, nutrition and child care especially to the needy.
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