Read/Post Comment: 0 Posted by Administrator /  04.07.2008
by : Israel O. Rudio, PITO-LU

Combined elements of the Provincial Government of La Union led by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega, La Union Provincial Police Office headed by P/Sr. Supt. Noli G. Taliño, Municipal Government of Agoo, La Union led by Mayor Sandra Y. Eriguel, Phil. National Red Cross-La Union and other concerned organizations, retrieved from Sta. Cruz and San Vicente, Ilocos Sur, all the 23 missing fishermen from Agoo, La Union who were declared missing in the evening of June 21 after being caught by typhoon "Frank" in the high seas.

Led by Board Member Victoria L. Aragon, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee Chair on Disaster Preparedness and Management and Relief Services and Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council Executive Offficer; BM Joaquin C. Ostrea, SP Committee Chair on Peace and Order and Public Safety; Col. Taliño; and Dr. Eufranio C. Eriguel, PGLU Consultant for Local Government Affairs for 2nd District, the party fetched the victims in two different batches.

The first group was found by the Search and Rescue Team led by the Philippine Air Force along the coastal area of Brgy. Pinipin, Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur on June 24, 2008. The survivors were rushed at the Sta. Lucia District Hospital. The incident was reported to Governor Ortega and Mayor Eriguel and immediately, a party was formed to take home the victims. After proper coordination, the fishermen were fetched and flown home by two Huey Helicopters of the Philippine Air Force. After landing at the quadrangle of the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-Southern La Union Campus, the survivors were whisked at the nearby La Union Medical Center for confinement and observation.
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Posted by Administrator /  09.05.2008
(Article by: Victor B. Dacanay, PITO-LU)

By the authority of Gov. Manuel C. Ortega, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Victoria L. Aragon, Executive Officer of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, presided over the 2nd Quarter Meeting of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council last April 30 at the Diego Silang Hall of the Capitol Building, San Fernando City, La Union.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Robert Ortega, Provincial Consultant on Intelligence and Security Affairs, gave emphasis on earthquake drills, as La Union is located along the earthquake belt and earthquakes are unpredictable. “As part of our disaster preparedness, evacuation drills should be conducted regularly in schools.”

For her part, SPM Aragon suggested that trainings should also be conducted in the municipalities down to the barangays. She further proposed that the PDCC should create a composite team to ensure that trainings will be conducted in these levels. The lady from Bangar also discussed the provisions of Sangguniang Panlalawigan Ordinance No. 273-2007 which she authored. It provides for the identification, organization, registration and training of Provincial, Municipal and Barangay Disaster Coordinating Councils for a more effective and efficient Disaster Management. Each member will be provided with identification cards and uniforms to be issued by the PDCC.
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Read/Post Comment: 0 Posted by Administrator /  09.05.2008
Speaking as Guest of Honor and Speaker during the 1st Monday Flag-Raising Ceremony last May 5 at the Capitol Grounds, Board Member Pablo M. Olarte stressed that enssuring a decent food to every family is both part of public service and Christian duty.

Basing on the teachings of Jesus Christ, he explained the similarity of our Christian duties to public service. “You feed the hungry, you give water to the thirsty, you cloth the naked, you heal the sick and you visit the prisoners. These are the very teachings of Christ. Instead of giving them alms and food, we should teach them how to produce food, how to plant rice, how to plant cash crops or anything that would improve their livelihood, that’s how we bring in food to the table.”

In clothing the naked, he made example of the children who were born without clothing and whom we should take care for being the catalysts of change in the province and society. For healing the sick, he congratulated the hospitals of the province for competent medical service. Lastly, in visiting the prisoners, he made use of the marginalized poor as examples who are imprisoned under poverty.
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