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Manuel Ortega

Manuel Ortega 01Achievement has been a hallmark of the life and professional career of Governor Manuel C. Ortega, who is on his first term as the local chief executive of La Union, after posting an overwhelming victory in the May 14, 2007 elections.

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, 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 in 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” I. Ortega.

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

During his first term as member of the House of Representatives, he earned the respect of the leadership of the chamber and of his peers. Governor Ortega, either as principal author or co-sponsor, has filed a number of legislative measures seeking among others, the grant of greater autonomy to local government units; reduction of red tape in the bureaucracy; increase in the effectiveness and efficiency of the Philippine National Police, rationalization of the use of funds allocated for public works and infrastructure projects; increase of the monetary and other benefits of barangay officials, barangay health workers, teachers, policemen, firemen and other frontline civil servants; and introduction of reforms to the national tax and revenue system particularly on its effects to the tobacco industry.

Other Information

  • Name: Manuel C. Ortega
  • Date of Birth: 07 August 1945
  • Place of Birth: Bauang, La Union
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Spouse: Geraldine R. Ortega
  • Children : 6
  • Francisco Emmanuel
  • Jennifer Joan
  • Geraldine Joy
  • Manuel Victor “Mannix”
  • Alfred Pablo
  • Eduardo Pablo
  • Joseph Francisco


One Comment

  1. ma.carmencita araniego says:

    thank u po sa pagpunta nyo sa naguilan la union last dec.28,2010..gusto ko kyong malapitan kso malayo po ako sa imyo that time.. i admire u..galing nyo pong kumata…salamat po i hope someday makita ko kyo ng malapitan…

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