In this photo (L-R) are City of San Fernando Councilor Ramon Ortega, Cong.VFO, Cong.VFO’s Chief of Staff Ma. Veronica O. Regala, Senator Guingona, former City of San Fernando Mayor Mary Jane Ortega, La Union Governor Manuel Ortega, Rotary Club of San Fernando (LU), Inc. Past President Eduardo Regala, Executive Assistant V to the Governor Mario Eduardo Ortega, former SK Federation President of the City of San Fernando Ramon Guio Ortega, and ABONO Party-List Representative Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III.
October 17, 2014 – Senator Teofisto Guingona III visits La Union. Congressman Victor F. Ortega and family host a luncheon for him at the Ortega ancestral home in San Fernando City.
In the photo are (standing, L-R) former Cebu Cong. Rachel Marguerite del Mar, Cong. Raul V. del Mar of the 1st District of Cebu, Cong. Victor F. Ortega of the 1st District of La Union, Head of Delegation Deputy Speaker Giorgidi B. Aggabao of the 4th District of Isabela, Cong. Susan Yap-Sulit of Tarlac; (seated) Cong. Cheryl P. Deloso-Montalla of the 2nd District of Zambales and Cong. Maria Zenaida Benedicto-Angping of the 3rd District of Manila. Not in photo but also part of the Philippine delegation is Cong. Nicasio M. Aliping, Jr. of the lone district of Baguio.
September 2014 - The 35th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-35) was held in Laos, with the theme “Strengthening parliamentary cooperation in ASEAN community building.” Lao People’s Democratic Republic hosted the event from September 14 to 20 at the Don Chan Palace Hotel in Vientiane. The four-day assemblage was attended by 400 delegates from the 10 ASEAN member nations along with the observer countries of Australia, Belarus, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, and Timor Leste. In her opening speech, AIPA-35 Chairperson and President of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathortou underlined the significance of the event for the member legislative bodies in the face of regional and global situations challenged by continuous complicated developments.
The predecessor of the AIPA was AIPO, the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization, founded in 1977. This is a forum for ASEAN legislators to discuss and find solutions for regional issues, to promote cooperation, to share information and legislative experience, and to help members achieve common goals. Over the past 30 years, AIPA’s 10 members and 12 observers have contributed to making Southeast Asia a region of peace, stability, cooperation and sustainable development. AIPA has become an important support mechanism of ASEAN at all levels and for its 3 pillars of Security-Politics, Economics, and Culture-Society. (Source: http://vovworld.vn)
Malaysia will be the host of the 36th General Assembly of the AIPA from September 6-12, 2015. (For more photos, please visit the Multimedia Gallery.)
August 15, 2014 - Congressman Victor F. Ortega handed to PSupt. Jovencio Badua, Jr., Deputy Provincial Director for Administration of the La Union Police Provincial Office (LUPPO), the key and pertinent documents for registration of the motorcycle unit which the former donated to the LUPPO in a simple turnover ceremony at the Camp Diego Silang. With him are PSupt. Godfrey Buslotan, Deputy Provincial Director for Operations, and SPO3 Beverly T. Salvador, Secretary of the Provincial Director, who is holding a helmet as part of the motorcycle package.
August 13, 2014 – Students from St. Louis College La Union visited the office of Cong. Victor F. Ortega in the House of Representatives in Quezon City. Cong. VFO and his wife, former San Fernando City Mayor Mary Jane Ortega warmly received the undergraduates taking up Business Administration, major in Human Resource Development Management. Class instructor, Ms. Elvira Quinagoran, headed the group.
In the photo are (from left) Cong.VFO, Ms. Cristina Cortez with son Ruben, Cabaroan Brgy. Captain Romulo Ancheta, and DZNL Manager Ruben Ballesteros
July 28, 2014 - Senator Pia Cayetano visited the office of Congressman Victor F. Ortega of the First District of La Union with her Portuguese guests, Raquel Cristina Baptista Leite and Nuno Gonçalo Esteves da Cruz. They were given a virtual tour of the different towns in the First District of La Union through the photo collection of products displayed in the wall panels, such as the honey and silk of Bacnotan, the tobacco plants of Balaoan, the weaving of Bangar, the organic vegetables of San Gabriel, the basket weaving of Sudipen, as well as the waterfalls of Santol, the watchtower or Baluarte of Luna, the Botanical Garden of the City of San Fernando, and surfing in San Juan with the grandson of Cong. Ortega, Joseph Ortega Pollisco, on the surfboard. They were also shown a beautiful photograph of the image of the miraculous Our Lady of Namacpacan which is enshrined in the church of St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Luna. Former Mayor Mary Jane C. Ortega gave a copy of the biography she wrote on her husband, Victor, entitled SEASONS OF LIFE - ABEL ITI BIAG NI VICTOR, translated as Tapestry of Victor's Life. The dedication of the book read: "To Senator Pia Cayetano - the Godmother of the health programs of the First District of La Union..."
In this photo, Cong. Victor F. Ortega delivers his inspirational message. Looking on are former San Fernando City Mayor Mary Jane C. Ortega, City Schools Division of San Fernando (La Union) Superintendent Fatima R. Boado, La Union Governor Manuel C. Ortega, Mr. Idris M. Tayeb Lamin, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Libya, and Mr. Virgilio B. Lumicao, former chief proofreader, reporter and sub-editor of The Philippines Daily Express. (Photo courtesy of Wendell Tangalin)
July 8, 2014 - The Francisco and Corazon Ortega Foundation, Inc. with the Department of Education of the City of San Fernando under Superintendent Fatima R. Boado organized a Lecture series on Literature at the Diego Silang Hall in the Provincial Capitol. It consisted of two parts. The first was an echoing of the lecture on Ilocano writer Manuel E. Arguilla held last June 17 at the Municipal Hall of Bauang, La Union where Arguilla was born, with National Artist for Literature and another Ilocano pride, Dr. Francisco Sionil Jose, as the guest of honor and speaker. The second part was the reading of excerpts from THE VANISHING BREED, A Biography of Speaker Pro-Tempore Francisco I. Ortega, a book written by Mary Jane Crisanto-Ortega in 1977 for the occasion of the unveiling of the statue of Speaker Pro-Tempore Ortega by Governor Juvenal K. Guerrero. This literary event was part of the celebration commemorating the 110th birthday anniversary of the late Speaker Pro-Tempore Francisco “Pacoy” I. Ortega.
July 8, 2014 - Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan of the Lone District of Benguet and Chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Highways at the House of Representatives visited the public works projects in La Union. The staff of the Committee are shown in a photo with Congressman Cosalan (in white shirt) and Congressman Victor F. Ortega, a member of the committee, who hosted the group with a luncheon held at the Ortega ancestral home in the City of San Fernando. Also in the picture is District Engineer Ray Elaido.
May 10-11, 2014 – The Preparatory Meeting for the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface Meeting with Representatives of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) was held at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, coinciding with the 24th ASEAN Summit. Standing are Cong. Jose Christopher Belmonte of 6th District of Quezon City, Cong. Raul del Mar of 1st District of Cebu, Cong. Victor F. Ortega of 1st District of La Union, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao of 4th District of Isabela, Cong. Mark Llandro Mendoza of 4th District of Batangas, Cong. Raymond Democrito Mendoza of Party List – TUCP and Rajini Rye, Deputy Executive Director of the Inter-Parliamentary Relations & Special Affairs Bureau of the House of Representatives. Seated are the liaison officers assigned to each one of the delegates.
April 9, 2014 - Congressman Victor F. Ortega attended the World Urban Forum 7 (WUF7) held in Medellin, Colombia and was present at a session on Rural-Urban Agriculture held at the One UN Room. He also attended the Global Parliamentarians Forum and the Dialogue for Water and Cities.
Feb. 19, 2014 – Cong. Victor F. Ortega and his wife, former San Fernando City Mayor Mary Jane Ortega warmly received 45 students from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU), Mid La Union. The group, a mix of freshmen, sophomores and juniors taking up AB Padm (Public Policy & Program Administration) and AB PSci (Parliamentary Procedures) visited Cong. VFO in his office at the Mitra Building, House of Representatives then were officially recognized as his guests during the regular session. Professors Tiffany Ruth R. Quinitip, PAdm 108 and Marifel R. Dawey, PSci 103 headed the delegation.
Photo courtesy of APPA-USA
February 13, 2014 - The Association of Philippine Physicians in America, Inc. – APPA-USA led by Dr. Leonor Pagtakhan-So, Dr. Alexander Fangonil, Dr. Henry Eugenio, Dr. Renato Judalena, and the APPA AUXILIARY led by Ms. Cora Reyes and Ms. Yoly Ortega-Lopez held a Medical Mission at the People’s Hall of the Municipality of Luna.
Photo courtesy of APPA-USA
Mayor Victor Marron hosted the lunch at his office and the group is seen in a photo taken at the Municipal Hall which was reconstructed in 1906, when the town of Namacpacan was changed to Luna to honor the Luna brothers, Antonio and Juan. Three hundred patients from various barangays were pre-screened by the Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Primitivo Zambrano but one hundred eleven patients who heard of the medical mission came and were also attended to.
Photo courtesy of APPA-USA
January 11, 2014, Baguio City – U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg welcomes Cong. Victor F. Ortega at the annual Holiday Reception at the Ambassador’s Residence, situated within former American military base, Camp John Hay. This traditional post-Christmas event is hosted by the current Ambassador with Embassy officials for Philippine Government officials, diplomats, NGOs and friends from the North, thus making it an important representation of solidarity between the United States and the Philippines. (Photo taken from http://manila.usembassy.gov/us)
September 20, 2013 - Congressman Raul del Mar of Cebu City, and Congressman Victor F. Ortega of the First District of La Union, Current Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman respectively, of the Committee of Interparliamentary Relations and Diplomacy of the House of Representatives, prepare for the meeting of the Committee on Political Affairs of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Brunei. It was the first time that Brunei Darussalam hosted AIPA, since they have been observers for several years until they recently formed their Legislative Council that qualified them to be regular members.
May 15, 2013 - Cong. Victor F. Ortega was recently proclaimed as the Congressman elect for the First District of the Province of La union, garnering 97.45% of the votes . He was proclaimed by the members of The Provincial Board of Canvassers including Vice Chairman Danilo C. Bumacod, Provincial Prosecutor Atty. Rhodora G. Arrocena (Acting Provincial Election Supervisor) and Member-Secretary Dr. Rowena C. Banzon, CESO VI and Schools Division Superintendent at the Speaker Pro Tempore Francisco I. Ortega Legislative Building of the Province of La Union.
March 27, 2013 - Cong. Victor F. Ortega signs the Joint Communique at the 43rd Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union General Assembly (APPU GA) as the GA President, former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda looks on. The GA was held in Tokyo form March 25 to 27, 2013. Cong. Ortega was joined at the assembly by his fellow delegate, Cong. Jeci A. Lapuz, and was assisted by Consul Josel I. Ignacio and Protocol Officer Mary Jane Mariano of the Philippine Embassy to Japan.
Congressman Victor F. Ortega Receives Outstanding Congressman Award
Congressman Victor F. Ortega was recently recognized as one of the outstanding congressmen for the year 2012. He received his award at the Outstanding Congressman Awards held at a luncheon ceremony the Mandarin Oriental Makati on Feb. 6, 2013. The awards are in its 20th year honoring Outstanding District and Party List Representatives and is being organized by Superbrands Marketing International Inc. (SMI), a leader in global branding that pays tribute to exceptional leadership in many different categories in private and public service. (In photo from left to right: Cong. Jun Omar C. Ebdane, Cong. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Cong. Susan Yap, Cong. Ortega, Cong. Lani Mercado-Revilla, Cong. Mark Llandro L. Mendoza and Cong. Anthony Rolando T. Golez, Jr. )
CURE- The Sea
Sponsored by the Hon.Congressman Victor F. Ortega from his Congressional funds with the support of the City of San Fernando under Mayor Pablo C. Ortega, the Department of Education under City Division Superintendent Linda Laudencia, Rotary Club of San Fernando under President Ed Regala, the Red Cross La Union-San Fernando Chapter under Chairman Jayjay Orros, and lifeguards under Councilor Alfred Ortega, a new project, CURE-The Sea, was launched.
It will focus on educating the Filipino youth, starting with the children of the City of San Fernando, about the marine environment. The protection of coral reefs is necessary as it directly influences the lives and livelihoods of millions who depend on the coral reef ecosystem. CURE-The Sea stands for Children Understand Respect the Environment- The Sea. It intends to:
• Promote enhancement of education in marine ecology, in particular reef ecology to give a better understanding of coral reef ecosystems and their impacts not just on marine life, but on the lives and livelihoods of Filipinos and other peoples.
• Strengthen environmental awareness in youth through marine fieldwork.
• Increase the understanding of the consequences of climate change and its impact on the marine environment.
• Show why nearly invisible life is visibly essential.
Lectures on marine ecology, especially reef conservation and protection, are given by the resident Marine Biologist Laura Riavitz, who is an Austrian marine consultant for the Province of La Union. The program in 2012 focused on the marine education of 1,796 Grade VI pupils of twenty-six (26) public elementary school. The whole program is for free for the children and includes:
• Use of Snorkeling gear (snorkel and mask), life jackets
• Safety due to Life Guards and the volunteering help of the Red Cross
• Using the Facility of Blue Horizon for free courtesy of the owners, Dr. and Mrs. Antonio Orencia
The Department of Education schools division superintendent, Dr. Linda Laudencia, program supervisors, school principals/heads and Science Teachers were introduced first to the program before taking out the students. The program includes a lecture on reef ecology and the importance for the humans, a beach exploration and subsequently a snorkeling field trip. The safety is assured by the lifeguards of Red Cross and the La Union Life Guards and additionally, every participant needs to wear a life jacket. The underwater exploration is documented with an underwater camera. The location is at Brgy Canaoay at Poro Point at the Blue Horizon Resort, former Blue Lagoon where the lectures and snorkeling fieldtrips can be conducted. After finishing the program (3-4 hours) the children will be brought back to their school.