"Manoling" celebrates bday with poor
By Jennilyne C. Role
San Fernando City, La Union (06 August) -- La Union Governor Manuel "Manoling" C. Ortega opted to celebrate his 64th birth anniversary with the poor as manifested by the different pro-poor programs/activities that were lined-up for the week-long celebration that started from August 3 to August 7 with the theme, "Alay Pasasalamat sa Diyos: Para sa Tao".
"The good Governor decided to instill in the minds of the people that the government is here, willing to help and support at all times through various reach out activities in celebration of his 64th birthday that actually falls tomorrow, August 7," La Union Provincial Information and Tourism Officer Adamor Dagang said during the PIA "Ammuentayo" radio program aired live over DZNL-Aksyon Radyo today.
Among the activities include the first monday flag raising held infront of the Capitol Building, this city on August 3, followed by a media salo-salo that coincides with the launching of the "TXT-MATE KO SI GOV" that draws positive reactions from the people.
According to Dagang, "TXT-MATE KO SI GOV" is a one-year in the making program that aims to entertain messages, comments, querries or immediate concerns that can be addressed by the Governor without personally seeing him or going to the provincial capitol.
To text the governor, just type PGLU (space) MSG (space) message/name/address and send it to 0915-4495689 for Globe and Touch Mobile and its 0919-9431908 for Smart and Talk and Text subscribers.
Employment and special jobs fair was held whole day of August 4 at Lorma Colleges, this city, and a ceremonial launching of the Environmental Sanitation Infra Assistance (Sanitasyon Para Kadatayo Amin Program) at Diego Silang Hall, Capitol Building.
Despite proclamation of a holiday yesterday, August 5, the Governor pursued with the "Operation Rang-ay ti Barangay (ORB)", as earlier planned at Bawanta, Bauang, La Union
ORB is a social medical-dental cum information caravan program of the Provincial Government of La Union where various regional line agencies deliver their respective services to the people, along with a free medical-dental check up with free medicines and other vital assistance.
Such program is cognizant with the President's directive to reduce poverty incidence by 2015 as stated in the Millennium Development Goals.
A mass wedding with a sumptuous reception was prepared by the provincial government to cater to the financial constraints of the constituents to have a decent spiritual marriage.
This morning, the "OLAN MANUEL", a supplemental feeding program was launched at Barangay Poro, this city.
As an innovation, two vital infrastructure projects was also blessed and inaugurated that include the provincial jail library to address the needs of information through self study to ease boredom of the prisoners at the jail and the improved female detention cell/perimeter fence to cater to a decent and safe housing of female prisoners in the province.
In response, local officials and residents planted 64 trees coined as "Alay Kay Governor" Tree Planting Program at Barangay Masicong, this city.
"Tomorrow, there will be a sports and physical fitness for Provincial Employees followed by the ground breaking of Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center that was put up near Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center and Police Regional Office I in Parian, this city," Dagaing said.
Right after, a thanksgiving mass and a fellowship lunch will be held and a birthday program follows.
"The governor extends his invitation to all constituents to his 64th birthday celebration tomorrow," Dagang closes. (PIA RO1/La Union) [top]