On this page is the list of the candidates for governor of La Union in the coming May 13, 2013 elections. Profiles of candidates, mock elections, and other info are also available here. You can also cast your vote for the La Union gubernatorial candidates in our poll embedded below.
Two gubernational candidates of La Union are running for the May 13, 2013 elections. Incumbent governor Manuel C. Ortega is running for reelection. His opponent is former congressman Tomas M. Dumpit.
La Union is one of the provinces of Region I. Its capital city is San Fernando City. La Union’s borders are Ilocos Sur to the north, Benguet to the east, and Pangasinan to the south. To the west of La Union is the South China Sea.
It is composed of 1 component city, 19 municipalities, 2 congressional districts, or 576 barangays. As of 2007, La Union is composed of 720,972 residents, where 93% of the population is Ilocano and is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. Pangasinan, Tagalog, Kankana-ey, and English speakers comprised the 7% of the 2007 population.
Profile of Gubernatorial Candidates for May 2013 Elections
Manuel C. Ortega is the governor of La Union, elected for 2010-2013 period.
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.
Before becoming the Father of the Province, he ran and won as representative of La Union’s 1st District from 1998 to 2007. During his three terms 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.
- Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) – National Defense College of the Philippines, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, 1976
- Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Major in Management & Business Administration – University of Santo Tomas, Manila, 1976
Citations and Awards:
- Region’s Outstanding Municipal Executive (ROME) Gold Medallion Award
Conferred by the Department of Local &Interior Government (DILG), Region Iin Dec. 1996 in recognition of his proven abilities in local governance.
- Region’s Outstanding Municipality of the Year (ROMY) Award
Conferred by DILG in December 1996 in recognition of his exemplary record of performance in the different areas of local governance such as management systems, local financial administration, local legislation, service delivery,
development planning and community mobilization.
- Saranay Award
Highest award conferred by the Province of La Union in 1995 in recognition and deep appreciation of his remarkable contribution toward making La Union the most peaceful province in Region I and one of the cleanest and greenest in the country.
- Award of Excellence
Conferred by the Province of La Union to the Municipality of San Fernando, La Union in March 1995 in recognition and deep appreciation of the commendable contribution of the municipal government under his leadership in making La Union the most peaceful province in the region and one of the cleanest and greenest in the country, earning various national and regional awards for the province and hereby giving honor and prestige to La Union and contributing significantly to the progress and well-being of its people.
- Likas Yaman Award
Conferred by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region Iin 1993 in recognition or his active involvement and invaluable contribution to the fulfillment of the mission and objectives of DENR through the project Operation MIA, “Magsidalus Iti Arubayanna” (Clean your own surroundings).
- Hall of Fame Award
conferred by DILG in 1993 for his most outstanding performance as municipal Mayor in Region I for four(4) consecutive years (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992/1993).
- Performance Award
Conferred by DILG in 1989, 1990 and 1991 as Outstanding Municipal Mayor of Region I on the basis of consistent exemplary leadership, competence and dedication to public service.
- Salakot Award
Conferred by DILG in 1991 as Outstanding Municipal Mayor of Region I for the year.
Sources: wikipedia.org, launion.gov.ph
Tomas Meana Dumpit is the running opponent of Gov. Manuel C. Ortega in the May 2013 elections.
He was the congressman of the 2nd District of La Union for 3 terms (1998–2001, 2001–2004 and 2004–2007).
His full three (3) terms in Congress saw the development of roads and infrastructure in the Second District among many other developments he brought on in education, training and livelihood opportunities.
Tomas Meana Dumpit Sr. graduated with PMA batch 1957 and went headlong into field and battle assignments.
His bemedalled military career saw him awarded 3 Gold Cross Medals, 2 Bronze Crosses, 2 Distinguished Service medals, 12 Military Merit medals and 21 Military Commendation Ribbons. This sterling service record saw him rise to Commanding General of the Regional Unified Command of Region 1, one of the youngest generals in the AFP service when he retired in 1987.
Tomas Dumpit, patriarch of the family and former Commanding General of Regional Unified Command, AFP, has filed 17 national bills and 14 local bills. Among the national bills he has authored were “An Act Providing for an Increased Special Group Term Insurance Coverage for the Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Including the Members of the Philippine National Police, Amending for the Purpose Presidential Decree No. 352, as Amended, and for Other Purposes,” “An Act Providing Retirement BenenfIts to Elected and Appointed Local Government Officials Including Barangay Tanods Who Have Rendered Three Full Terms, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act No. 7160, Otherwise Known as the Local Government Code of 1991,” “An Act Providing for the Regularization of Employees, Prohibiting Contractual or Labor-Only Contracting for Regular Positions, Providing Penalties for Violation Thereof, Amending for the Purposer Articles 280 and 281 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as Amended,” and “An Act To Establish a New System of Personnel Management for Military Personnel of the Active Force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and for Other Purposes.”
Tomas Meana Dumpit Sr. now aims to serve his beloved La Union as Governor with Good Governance, Fair and Equal Opportunity For All and a more open Business Environment as his lynchpin programs.
Profile of Tomas Dumpit
Congressman – 2nd District of La Union (1998–2001, 2001–2004 and 2004–2007)
Chairman – Tomzen Group of Companies
Chairman – Molave Properties, Inc.
Commanding General – Regional Unified Command, AFP (1984-1986) Region I – Northern Luzon
- Regional Commander – PC/INP
- Commander, Task Force, Amianan, AFP, PC/INP – Northern Luzon
- Deputy Commanding General (1981-1983) – Presidential Security Command, AFP, Malacañang, Manila
- Deputy Commanding General – PC METROCOM, Metro Manila
- Commander (1982-1983) – Task Force Pasig, PSG, Malacañang, Manila
- Commander (1977-1983) – PC Western Sector Command, PSC, Malacañang Park, Manila
Provincial Commander (1972-1976) – Bataan Constabulary Command, Province of Bataan
Provincial Commander (1971-1972) – Tarlac Constabulary Command, Province of Tarlac
Provincial Commander (1969-1971) – Cavite Constabulary Command, Province of Cavite
Chief Intelligence Opn. Officer (1969) – Laguna Constabulary Command, Province of Laguna
Commanding Officer (1968) – 212th PC Company, Cavite PC Province
Commanding Officer (1967) – 225th PC Company, Rizal PC Province
Commanding Officer (1961-1966) – 138th PC Company, Rizal PC Province
Junior Aide (1960) – Commander, 11 PC Zone
Commanding Officer (1959) – “B” Co. 5BCT, Phil. Army, Ilocos Sur
Platoon Commander (1957-1958) – “B” Co., 5BCT, Phil. Army, Pampanga
- Labor-Relation Law Course – UP Law Center (1967)
- MBA (Senior Executive) – Ateneo de Manila University
- Career Management Course – Ateneo de Manila University(1975)
- Public Administration Course – UP (1976)
- Philippine Military Academy – Baguio City Class 1957
- Company Officer Course – Phil. Army School Center (1957)
- Amp Trng Crse – United States Landing Force Training Unit PF (1958)
- Scout Ranger Crse – Philippine Constabulary School (1960)
- Spl Intel (Trade Craft) Crse – Special Intelligence Training School (1962)
- PC Officers Basic Crse – United States Mobile Training Team, Camp Aguinaldo (1975)
- Polcom Inves Crse – Police Training Center (1967)
- Resource Management Crse – United States Mobile Training Team, Camp Aguinaldo (1975)
- Command & General Staff Crse – AFPCGSC, Ft Bonicao, MM (1975)
- International Defense Mgmt Crse – Monterey, USA (1976)
- Spl Info Collection Crse – NISA, Malacañang Park, Manila (1977)
- Community Relation Crse – II Phil. Constabulary Zone (1970)
- Intelligence – II Philippine Constabulary Zone (1970)
- Reduction of Crime – NAPOLCOM (1976)
- Anti Arson Crse – HPc (1977)
- CIA Opn – NITC (1977)
- Rule of Mass Media in Crime Prevention – NAPOLCOM (1977)
- AFP Security Seminar – 1980
- Graduated Nr 1 in Scout Ranger Crse in a Class of 64
- Graduated Nr2 in PCOBC in a Class of 45
- Graduated Nr2 in CGSC in a Class of 67
National Bills Authored:
- An Act Providing for an Increased Special Group Term Insurance Coverage for the Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Including the Members of the Philippine National Police, Amending for the Purpose Presidential Decree No. 352, as Amended, and for Other Purposes
- An Act Providing Retirement BenenfIts to Elected and Appointed Local Government Officials Including Barangay Tanods Who Have Rendered Three Full Terms, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act No. 7160, Otherwise Known as the Local Government Code of 1991
- An Act Providing for the Regularization of Employees, Prohibiting Contractual or Labor-Only Contracting for Regular Positions, Providing Penalties for Violation Thereof, Amending for the Purposer Articles 280 and 281 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as Amended
- An Act To Establish a New System of Personnel Management for Military Personnel of the Active Force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and for Other Purposes
- An Act Increasing the Old-Age Pension of World War II Veterans, Amending for This Purpose Republic Act No. 6948 as Amended
- An Act Establishing National Cemeteries and Providing for Their Administration and Maintenance
- An Act Amending Republic Act No. 7837, Otherwise Known as ‘An Act Granting Permanent Resident Status, Other Rights and Privileges to Filipino Veterans of World War II Who Acquired American Citizenship Under the United States Immigration Act of 1990, and For Other Purposes’
- An Act Amending Republic Act No. 6948 as Amended by Republic Act No. 7696
- An Act To Further Amend Republic Act No. 6948, as Amended by Republic Act No. 7696, to Provide Equity in the Benefits for Senior Military Veterans
- An Act Granting a Lumpsum Benefit and Other Assistance Services to Survivors of World War II Veterans Who Have Died Prior to the Enactment of Republic Act No. 6948, as Amended
- An Act Further Amending Certain Provisions of Republic Act No 6948 Otherwise Known as ‘An Act Standardizing and Upgrading the Benefits for Military Veterans and Their Dependents,’ as Amended by Republic Act No. 7696
- An Act Establishing a Heroes Multipurpose Hall and Providing for Their Administration and Maintenance
- An Act Redefining the Term ‘Veteran’ Thereby Amending Further Republic Act No. 6948, as Amended
- An Act Amending Certain Sections of Republic Act No. 6948, Otherwise Known as ‘An Act Standardizing and Upgrading the Benefits for Military Veterans and Their Dependents,’ as Amended
- An Act Granting Exemption from Payment of Real Property Taxes to Senior War Veterans and Veterans of Military Campaigns
- An Act Abolishing the Preparatory Recall Assembly as a Mechanism of Recall of Local Elective Officials, Amending for the Purpose the Local Government Code of 1991
- An Act Amending Certain Sections of Republic Act No. 7696, Otherwise Known as ‘An Act Standardizing and Upgrading the benefits for Veterans and Their Dependents’
Sources: dumpit4gov.com, congress.gov.ph