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By: Joanna C. Guerrero, PITO-LU


To provide better quality service to tourists and further boost the tourism industry in the province, the Association of Tour Guides in La Union (ASTG-LU) was reorganized on September 18, 2014 at the new PGLU Training Center (Former ORT Multipurpose Hall), Guerrero Rd., San Fernando City of La Union.

The assembly was graced by trained and accredited tour guides in the province, both the old and new. Trained guides came from various LGUs; schools; travel and tour agencies; restaurants; resorts; and hotels in the entire province.

Provincial Information and Tourism Officer (PITO) Adamor L. Dagang and DOT-RO1 Asst. Dir. Modesto Baloloy encouraged the tour guides to work hand in hand with Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) and Department of Tourism (DOT) in promoting the beauty of the Province of La Union through dedicated service since they serve as front liners of the tourism industry. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Dir. Daria Mingaracal and Business Development Chief Lilian Difontorum were also present. Dir. Mingaracal undercovered the vital role of tour guides in the promotion of the One Town One Product (OTOP) of La Union.

Re-election of the new set of ASTG-LU officers highlighted the said event. The elected officers are Ms. Geremy Cacanindin of DMMMSU-MLUC as president; Ms. Crestine Lucman from Royal AGL Travel and Tours as Vice-President; Justin Paul Marbella of PGLU-PITO as Secretary.; Gerardo Cacanindin of PGLU-Budget Office as Treasurer; Celean Ortega of Thunderbird Resort as Auditor; Xavier Mercado of Halo-halo de Iloko as District 1 P.R.O; and Ms. Joan Diaz of LGU Bauang as District 2 P.R.O.

ASTG-LU was founded after the first batch of tour guide training was conducted by DOT in cooperation with PGLU headed by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega on May 31, 2013.
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By: Julius A. Manabat

Despite the preparations made by the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) during Tropical Storm “Mario” (international name Fung Wong), the Province of La Union incurred several damages in infrastructure, livestock and agriculture. Mr. Bobby B. Valdriz, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, reported that although Tropical Storm “Mario” was only raised to Storm Warning Signal No. 1 in the province, it intensified the effects of southwest monsoon bringing about damages amounting to P 105,121,390.00.

This report from the PDRRMO was taken up during the 65th Regular Session of the 20th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of La Union on September 25, 2014 at the Speaker Pro Tempore Francisco I. Ortega Legislative Building. Upon the request of Gov. Manuel C. Ortega to the Provincial Board to pass a Resolution Declaring the Entire Province under “State of Calamity”, Board Member Joaquin C. Ostrea, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture moved the request to be approved based on the extent of damages reported. He further said that TS “Mario” came in a time when farmers were just about to make their harvest. The Provincial Board unanimously passed the resolution.

Governor Ortega said that with the declaration of State of Calamity the Provincial Government, Local Government Units and other agencies will be able to access their Calamity Funds to be used to mitigate the damages incurred during “TS Mario” especially on agriculture. He further said that for Provincial Government of La Union, the fund will also be used to assist the different affected municipalities and extend help to the displaced communities. Governor Ortega also instructed the PDRRMO to continue its ocular inspections to further identify other affected areas and also enjoined the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist to give assistance to the affected agricultural stakeholders.
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By: Abigail A. Cabilin, PITO-LU

The month of October has been designated as National Cooperative Month in the country. This year, the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) and the La Union Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) are ready for the La Union Provincial Cooperative Month Celebration with the theme, “Kooperatiba: Maaasahan sa Pagsulong ng Kabuhayan at Kapayapaan.”

Series of activities are lined-up to disseminate significant information and updates on cooperatives. Activities include Walk For A Cause and Coop-Tiangge on October 3 from 7:00-10:00 AM around San Fernando City Proper. Livelihood trainings such as Dishwashing Liquid/Fabric Conditioner Making and Bangus, Tocino, Nuggets and Siomai Making are also scheduled on October 13-20 at the Diego Silang Hall (DSH), Provincial Capitol and LU Technology and Livelihood Development Center (formerly ORT). Culminating Program is set on October 29 at DSH, Provincial Capitol Building.

Gov. Manuel C. Ortega’s administration assures continued support to the LU Cooperatives as they play a significant role in contributing to the economic development of the province, especially in rural areas. PGLU and PCDC also maintain strong links with the farmer and fishing cooperatives to improve productivity in agriculture and augment the income of the farmer members as well.
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