La Union officials unite to strengthen reform agendas
By Jennilyne C. Role
San Fernando City, La Union (5 July) -- The re-elected and newly-elected national, provincial, city and municipal officials of the province of La Union pledged to work harder for various reform agendas to provide better, if not, best services to the constituents.
"As one, all the local officials of the province joined hands today to work together so that our progress will keep its bound. Our unity, despite party affiliation, will be our front against poverty, ignorance that we do not want our province to be. We will maintain and sustain that unity in all forms with God and good governance as our shield," re-elected Congressman Victor F. Ortega of the 1st district of La Union said in his inaugural speech during the Joint Inauguration and Oath-taking ceremonies of the national, provincial, city and municipal officials at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, this city, last Wednesday.
The unbeatable newly-elected Congressman Eufrancio C. Eriguel of the second district, formerly the multi-awarded mayor of the municipality of Agoo, likewise emphasized partnership to make La Union united, peaceful and progressive.
"This day is a remarkable celebration of our great victory on the first automated election-ever in the history of the Philippines. We deed dream which was first seen impossible but soon become inevitable," ABONO Party-list representative Francisco Emmanuel "Pacoy" Ortega III said.
In his inaugural speech, Pacoy stressed that their inauguration day marks the day with hope to build a better partnership, establish unity and progress geared towards their mission for a prosperous La Union.
It is good to note that during the 2007 election, Abono Party-list only garnered 87,541 votes nationwide. This time, it garnered 766,615 votes nationwide that makes it number 8th from among the 187 party-list groups.
Four of the provinces that made ABONO number one include La Union, Kalinga Apayao, Tarlac and Pangasinan.
All the municipal officials, including the officials of the lone city of San Fernando pledged commitment of support to the call of better La Union for the next three years of their services to their provincemates. (PIA R1/La Union) [top]