La Union Province, Philippines
List of Municipalities in the La Union province of the Philippines
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Cities in the Province of La Union: San Fernando City (Capital)
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Map of La Union Province in the Island of Luzon
La Union Province, Philippines
- La Union is a First Class Province
- San Fernando City is the capital city.
- 19 Municipalities, one City, 576 barangays
Location of La Union, Philippines
- The province of La Union is within Region I - Ilocos Region
- In the North western central part of the Island of luzon.
History of La Union, Philippines
The province of La Union was formed in 1850 when the Spanish colonial government of Governor-General Antonio Maria Blanco merged the southern towns of Ilocos Sur, the northern towns of Pangasinan, and the western towns of Benguet to the east.
- Source: PIA
People of La Union, Philippines
- Over ninety percent of the population of La Union is Ilocano and is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.
- Registered Voters (2010): 361,498
- Population (as of Aug 1, 2007): 720,972
- Elected officials of La Union for the term of 2010-2013
- Provincial Governor: Manuel Campos Ortega
- Provincial Vice-Governor: Aureo Augusto Querol Nisce
- House Representatives:
- Provincial Board Members:
- Francisco Campos Ortega Jr.
- Jose Maria Campos Ortega
- Joaquin Concepcion Ostrea Jr.
- Reynaldo Miña Mosuela
- Victoria Lucina Aragon
- Henry Boado Balbin
- Rolando Vasadre Rivera
- Robert Bollido Madarang Jr.
- Henry Anden Bacurnay Jr.
- Ruperto Abenoja Rillera Jr.
- Alfredo Pablo Ramos Ortega
- Manuel Victor R. Ortega Jr.
- Kenneth Paolo C. Tereng
- Elected officials of La Union for the term of 2007-2010
- Governor of La Union Province for the term of 2007-2010
- Member(s) of the House of Representatives of La Union Province for the term of 2007-2010
Barangay Elected Officials of La Union Province
Businesses in La Union, Philippines
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Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in La Union, Philippines
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The oldest man or woman in La Union, Philippines
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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in La Union, Philippines
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Schools in La Union, Philippines
School year 2013-2014 starts June 3 and ends March 31, 2014, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.
The multisectoral Brigada Eskwela to prepare schools for the students’ return will be on May 21-26. Oplan Balik Eskwela will be from May 28 to June 8 while orientation on K to 12 for parents and other stakeholders will be on June 9.
Although private schools may deviate from the Department of Education (DepEd) calendar, they are enjoined not to start before June 3 and later than Aug 31.
School Year 2013-2014 in public elementary and high schools will start on June 3 and end on March 31, 2014 The name of your school in La Union can be listed here. You can list it like this:
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Economy of La Union, Philippines
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Natural Resources of La Union, Philippines
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions of La Union, Philippines
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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of La Union, Philippines
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La Union Zip Codes
- Source: Philippine Postal Corporation
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|2500||San Fernando||La Union|
|2505||Santo Tomas||La Union|
|2513||San Gabriel||La Union|
|2514||San Juan||La Union|
- Gov’t works on branding for Phl food products
- Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - The government plans to launch this year a branding for Philippine food products for export, as it seeks to actively promote local goods overseas, a trade official said.
- “We want to create a Philippine brand (to be used) for packaging (of products) this year,” Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) executive director Rosario Virginia Gaetos told reporters at the sidelines of the 9th International Food Exhibition Philippines..........Full Story
- Public ownership of stocks rises
- Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - Public ownership of companies listed in the local bourse is increasing, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) said.
- In a recent study, the operator of the country’s only stock exchange said the free float level hit 33.4 percent as of end-March..........Full Story
- Phl-Smart jins bag 12 golds, 28 other medals in ASEAN meet
- Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines-Smart taekwondo team romped off with a haul of 12 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals in the recent 11th ASEAN champions (ATF) tournament in Nay Pyl Taw, Myanmar.
- Many-time internationalist Kirstie Elaine Alora and Anjelay Pelaez showed the way with a gold each in the senior women’s kyorugi (free sparring) competition..........Full Story »
La Union, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
Cycling Activity to Participate In
Tour de Zamboanga 2013: From the 11th of July, 2013 to the 14th of July, 2013. A four day 540 kilometer bicycle race for Charity!
- Due to the road constructions going on in the route of the Tour, we are eliminating the road bikes from this race.
- This is a (Non-Roadbike) individual bicycle race. Everybody is welcome in this race. The more the merrier. Racers who skip a stage will not be allowed to continue. Everybody who finishes the race and does not skip a stage is a winner.
The race starts at the port municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte and rests in the historical city of Zamboanga del Norte, Dapitan City to end the first stage. The following day the race will continue from Dapitan City to Pagadian City to end the second stage. The 3rd stage will be from Pagadian to Ipil. And finally culminate with the final stage from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Zamboanga City.
Prizes for the Winners and Participants of Tour de Zamboanga
- 80 PRIZES in all to be Given Away. OVER ₱ 782,000.00 pesos in Prizes
- Grand Prize: The overall (liloy, dapitan, pagadian, ipil, zamboanga) first 15 finishers will be based on the overall accumulated time it took to finish the 4 stage race. The racer must finish all stages to qualify for the grand prize.
- The racer with the best accumulated time wins the championship. 1st:50K, 2nd:30K, 3rd:20K, 4th:15K, 5th:10K, 6th:9.5K, 7th:9K, 8th:8.5K, 9th:8K, 10th:7.5K, 11th:7K, 12th:6.5, 13th:6K, 14th:5.5K, 15th:5K
- Every stage has a winner. Prizes will be presented to the first 3 racers to win each stage. 1st:20K, 2nd:15K, 3rd:10K, 4th:6.5K, 5th:6K, 6th:5.5K, 7th:5K, 8th:4.5K, 9th:4K, 10th:3.5K, 11th:3K, 12th:2.5K, 13th:2K, 14th:1.5K, 15th:1K
- The winner of each stage keeps the prize money even if he/she can't continue with the race because of injury or other reasons. But because the racer skipped a stage he/she will not be allowed to continue with the race.
- Besides the Open Category, There are three (3) other competitive categories: (Women; Under 16 years old; 50 years old and over. Prizes for these categories are as follows: 25K 1st, 20K 2nd, 15K 3rd, 10K 4th, 5K 5th. Each Category gets a prize. Prizes given only to finishers of all 4 stages for these 3 categories.
- Finishers of all the 4 stages get a certificate of completion and a refund of their 1,000.00 peso registration fee. If a racer skips a stage he or she is will not be allowed to continue the race. Every finisher of the Tour de Zamboanga is a WINNER!
First Bicycle Race to cover the entire Zamboanga Peninsula
- Due to the election complications in the Zamboanga peninsula, the tour has been postponed to July 11 - July 14 of 2013.
Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City.
- First Stage - July 11, 2013 (Thursday): Liloy to Dapitan City
- 143 Kilometers: This stage of the race does not have many hilly terrains. It will be mostly flat. The roads are cemented.
- Second Stage - July 12, 2013(Friday): Dapitan City to Pagadian City
- 128 Kilometers: The second stage will be more challenging as there will be more hills to climb. About 40% of the terrain will be hilly. It will be on the Osmena Hwy which is almost completely cemented. There are only a few kilometers that are still under construction.
- Third Stage - July 13, 2013 (Saturday): Pagadian City to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
- 139 Kilometers: The race from pagadian to Ipil will prove to be a grueling race specially the first 35 kilometers. The first 35 kilometers is about 80% uphill battle.
- Fourth Stage - July 14, 2013 (Sunday): Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Divisoria, Zamboanga City
- 130 Kilometers: There are three challenging parts to this section of the race. First challenge is the uphill climb from the border of zamboanga sibugay to the border of zamboanga city (barangay of licomo). After that is the twisty uphill in the barangay of Tigbalabag and finally the quiniput tuktukalaw climb. Then it will be a downhill race to the finish at the barangay of Divisoria.
All Philippine Cyclers are invited to participate in the open bicycle race. It is for a great charitable cause: Project BOSS - Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
- Total Distance to be traveled: 540 kilometers or 338 miles - Visit our WebPage
PIA of La Union, Philippines
- PIA Press Release
- Thursday, March 31, 2011
- Feature: Unity and peace, major component to La Union’s progress
- by Jennilyne C. Role
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, March 31 (PIA) --- True to its name “La Union”, which means ‘The Union’ or ‘The Unity’, the province of La Union was formed in 1850 when the Spanish colonial government of Governor-General Antonio Maria Blanco merged the southern towns of Ilocos Sur, the northern towns of Pangasinan, and the western towns of Benguet to the east.
Over the years, the province of La Union battled for peace and unity. Divided politically, the people of La Union supported two political leaderships and conflicting directions for several years.
Crimes were rampant, fear among the people hindered their motivation to participate in governance and development, and progress was on hold.
Rica Palabay, an ordinary citizen of the City of San Fernando said, “I remember the days when bombing in the city, and some areas in the first and second districts of the province were rampant. I was so scared thinking that it may be the end of my life.”
Jonathan Cruz, likewise recalls that suspicious boxes or luggage were scattered everywhere sowing fear to everyone. “Killings were all over and then and you really don’t know where the safest place to go was.”
Then came the May 2010 provincial and local elections where the majority of the political candidates under the leadership of Governor Manuel C. Ortega won. This election results could very well be interpreted to mean that the people of La Union have believed and clearly understood the efficiency and effectiveness of the administration in terms of the actual delivery of programs, projects and other public services.
These services have made a difference in the lives of the people and the environment as well, creating a better quality of life. Ortega then stood firm on its mandate for a sustainable peace, progress and prosperity for its constituents.
In his recent State of the Province Address (SOPA), Governor Ortega identified the major factors which contributed to the progress of the province. “The strong partnership, the commitment and the support of our local officials, provincial officials and employees, and the people are the factors that led us to attain the vision of making La Union the haven of peace and progress, as highlighted in the theme of the celebration of our 161st Foundation anniversary, “Tinnulong para iti Natalged nga Urnos, Talna ken Panagdur-as ti Sapasap” (Working for Sustainable Peace, Order and Progress for All).
People and community development would be difficult, and may even be impossible without peace, order and security at all times. It will be noted that Governor Ortega started his mission of providing a safe and secure environment right on the first day of his administration as provincial governor.
Ortega identified the full support of the La Union Provincial Office and other law enforcement agencies where they reinvigorated strategies in conducting police and protective beats, night-watch operations, police visibility, and checkpoints and chokepoints.
Motorcycle cops and tourist bike patrols were deployed and curfew hours for minors pursuant to Sangguniang Panlalawigan ordinance was strictly implemented.
Community support in crime detection, protection and control was elicited through the re-organized Peace and Order Council, Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and the Provincial Council of the 5 Pillars of the Criminal Justice System.
Our goal is “to make La Union the most peaceful and beautiful province in the country,” Ortega said.
Anti-drug abuse campaign was also sustained leading to the 84 successful operations of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Around 24.40 grams of shabu, 280,422.9 grams of marijuana (MJ), 136,000 MJ plants, 88,500 MJ seedlings, 79 bricks of 1 and 2 kilograms of MJ and others were collected and burned with an estimated value of Php 58,184,080.20.
Likewise, 80 drug-related cases were filed in court during the year 2010.
In terms of insurgency, the PNP and the Philippine Army declared the Province of La Union as cleared or free of New People’s Army and Rebolusyonaryong Hukbo ng Bayan. Agreements were made to further strengthen internal security operations to preempt the resurgence of the communist terrorists in the province.
These peace and order efforts yielded a booming tourism industry for the province with the entry of surfing in the national sports scene thus realizing the governor’s vision of making La Union the “Surfing Capital of the North”.
Jobs, local and foreign were made available, in partnership with employment agencies. Entrepreneurships, focusing on the One Town One Product were strengthened and supported. Educational scholarship assistance to poor but deserving youth were provided keeping in mind that education is the best strategy to alleviate the people from poverty and lack of opportunity.
“Now that peace, unity and progress are at hand, I cannot allow anyone to destroy it, even if it costs my life,” Ortega said emotionally and teary-eyed during his SOPA. (JCR/PIA1-La Union)
Homing in on Poro Point
- Source: http://news.manilastandardtoday.com/2012/05/12/homing-in-on-poro-point/
- Saturday, May 12, 2012
- by Dexter A. See
SAN FERNANDO CITY—-Fishermen lost in the West Philippine Sea who can paddle toward the shore can count on Poro Point’s powerful signal to keep them on course.
To Mayor Pablo Ortega, the same aid for navigation attracts foreign and local visitors to the Northern Luzon growth quadrangle formed by the Ilocos, La Union Cordilleras and Pangasinan.
“We are happy about the declaration of the Poro Point lighthouse as a national historical landmark since La Union province will now be in the list of places that hosting heritage sites,” he told Manila Standard.
Poro Point Management Corp., a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, will undertake rehabilitation work under a memorandum of agreement of the Coast Guard.
“The lighthouse is a celebrated historical landmark,” BCDA chairman Felicito Payumo said in a statement. “Just as the lighthouse serves as a beacon to guide boats safely to shore, the Poro Point Special Economic Zone serves as a beacon for development, a guiding light that brings increased tourism and investment to the shores of North Luzon.”
Poro Point is part of the Coast Guard’s “Adopt-a-Lighthouse” program that encourages preservation and maintenance of culturally valuable structures which are protected by the National Heritage Commission.
Yves Nice, PPMC chairman, said two lighthouses are found at the Poro Point Freeport.
He said the old tower was among the “luces” (lights) made in France and installed here by the colonial government in 1885 while its counterpart was erected in 1979.
Arnel Paciano Casanova, BCDA president and chief executive, commended the adoption of the lighthouses.
“The BCDA group is happy to participate in preserving our national heritage,” he said.
Florante Gerdan, PPMC president and chief executive, the adjoining “shotgun house” will be turned into a museum.
“We also plan to convert the vicinity of the lighthouses into a rest and recreation center,” he told Manila Standard.
Vice Admiral Edmond Tan, Coast Guard commanding general, welcomed the interagency and local government teamwork.
“To date, we have 15 to 20 lighthouses around the country that have historical value, thus, we are also looking for partners from other places who could help us maintain the lighthouses as a tourist attraction and for navigational purposes,” he said, noting the upkeep of more than 500 others around the archipelago. With July Rada
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