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Achievement has been a hallmark of the life and professional career of Hon. Manuel C. Ortega. For more than two decades, Manuel C. Ortega has touched the lives of his constituents and keeps on shaping the bright future of the Province of La Union. Before becoming the Father of the Province, he was a well loved mayor of then Municipality of San Fernando which is now a chartered city through his initiative. After the mandatory three-year term, he ran and won as representative of La Union’s 1st District from 1998 to 2007, after which, he was elected as Governor of La Union in 2007 and the recent May 2010 elections.

He is more than a leader who leads his people in realizing his political and economic schema. He is a public servant, who serves not because it is his duty but because it is his will and purpose. He envisions a decade ahead of his time. Hence, he plans year after year to accomplish a bottomless pit of dreams for the welfare of his people. It is a non-stop mission that prepared him to take all consequences and confront all obstacles that may hinder him along the way.

A “jack of all trades”, his vast experience and academic competencies make him a very effective leader. He was a consistent student leader during his college days in the University of Santo Tomas where he finished his Bachelor of Science in Commerce, majoring in Management and Business Administration. Governor Ortega also holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Administration (MNSA) from the National Defense College of the Philippines. Unknown to many, he is also a bemedalled officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Like his brother La Union 1st District Congressman Victor F. Ortega, he is a teacher by heart. From 1977 to 1980, he was a UST professor in commerce. A business guru himself, he held top positions on some of the country’s largest private corporations.


He eventually sought and carved his own niche in La Union politics, consistent with the legacy of public service handed down by his grandfather, Don Joaquin Joaquino Ortega, La Union’s first elected civilian governor and his father, former House Speaker Pro Tempore Francisco “Pacoy” L. Ortega.

Elected mayor of then town of San Fernando in 1988, he served for three full consecutive terms until May 10, 1998. When San Fernando residents voted for the conversion of their town into a city through a plebiscite, he served as mayor of the now City of San Fernando. Ortega’s incumbency as chief executive of the then town of San Fernando was remarkable for unerring focus on peace and order, stimulating socio-economic development, cleaning and greening of its communities and superb delivery of public services.

For his relentless efforts to develop San Fernando to unprecedented levels of peace, progress and prosperity, he was rewarded with many accolades. From 1988 to 1995, he was voted by his
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