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BM Nancy Bacurnay closely monitors the Medical-Dental Mission during the Operation Rang-ay iti Barangay (ORB) at Barangay San Francisco Norte, Sudipen, La Union on January 27, 2014.

Photo by: Alfredo R. Buenaventura Jr., PITO-LU
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By: Julius A. Manabat

The Urdaneta Exit of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) has been opened to motorist on December 20, 2014. This is the 2nd of the 3-part sections of the new expressway and the La Union section is expected to be opened in the year 2016.

This update was the root point of Board Member Bellarmin Flores II’s privilege speech on their first legislative session for the year 2015. In his speech, he pointed out that in the event that TPLEX will be fully operational, La Union would experience a sudden influx of vehicles travelling to and from northern Philippines. This would cause moderate to heavy traffic in the main roads of the province from Rosario to Sudipen. BM Flores proposed to the provincial legislative body the formation of a Provincial Traffic Management Council that will formulate and implement traffic management plans in preparation to the upcoming opening of the TPLEX in La Union.

BM Flores enjoined his colleagues to come up with bright ideas which could help him in coming up with a draft proposal for the creation of the Traffic Management Council. The Members of the SangguniangPanlalawigan responded affirmatively on BM Flores’ proposal.

BM Flores shall present the first draft of the proposal once all opinions and ideas of the Board Members will be received.
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By: Julius A. Manabat

Arts, culture and heritage is considered the heart and soul of any place and community. It defines the unique identity shared by its people. It distinguishes their sharing of distinct way of life, rules of behavior, language, art, music, literature/history, technology, belief, political and economic system including various forms of social organization. However, in the age of modernization, arts, culture and heritage comes to a drain and has been slowly fading through time.

With this, the SangguniangPanlalawigan of La Union has come up with ORDINANCE NO. 066-2015, “Creating the La Union Arts, Culture and Heritage Commission (LUACHC) and Provincial Arts, Culture and Heritage Affairs Office (PACHAO) of the Province of La Union; Defining its Composition and Functions.” The said ordinance recognizes the need to embark on a holistic development program to awaken the consciousness of the people of La Union of their socio-cultural and historic past, thereby giving them the opportunity to fully understand their identity as a people and move towards the future without necessarily rejecting the whole of their cultural past.
The Ordinance creates the LUACHC under the Office of the Governor which is tasked to: formulate and coordinate the planning and implementation of a Long Term, Medium Term and Short Term Arts, Culture and Heritage Plans of the Province of La Union. It includes but not limited to a Cultural Mapping Project and Provide direction and parameters, promote and advocate, set trends, and define issues and controversies pertaining to the arts, culture and heritage of the Province of La Union; recommend measures and policies to the SangguniangPanlalawigan and the Office of the Governor geared towards the preservation of cultural property, tangible and intangible heritage and enrichment of La Union arts, culture and heritage as part of the Iloko/Ilokano ethnicity; and effectively manage and operate the “SilidtiAdal ken Laing ti La Union” (Arts and Gallery of La Union) for sustainability and development.

The PACHAO on the other hand, has the following functions, duties and responsibilities: implement national and local legislations, programs, orders and memoranda pertaining to arts, culture and history; undertake liaison and alliance work with government agencies, other local government units, private groups, non-government organizations and other institutions for the implementation, research and development of arts and cultural heritage initiatives; among others.

Gov. Manuel C. Ortega is confident that with the full implementation of the ordinance, it is seen that Arts, Culture and Heritage will be aptly preserved in the province. He said that this ordinance will also help boost Tourism in La Union. He said that the best thing to offer to any tourist is to introduce them to the unique way of life of the people in the province manifested through a well-defined and promoted culture.
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