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PHOTO CAPTION: Investigative Documentaries host, Malou Mangahas, was recognized for her show and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, which promotes and communicates statistics and its importance in decision-making.



"Just six months old, GMA News TV's Investigative Documentaries (ID) was honored this week by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) for being a tool in communicating statistics to a wider audience.

"The program's host, veteran journalist Malou Mangahas, was also given an award for her body of work in ID and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism which promotes and communicates statistics and its importance in decision-making.

"Investigative Documentaries is a unique program that relies heavily on studies, statistics and government data in presenting its stories.

"This week, the program is set to scrutinize the Ortega clan of La Union province.  

"Now 161 years old, the province of La Union has become synonymous with the Ortega political clan.

"The clan's foray into politics began in 1901, when Joaquin Ortega was appointed governor by the Americans. Four generations later, the clan remains a force to contend with in the province.

"Consider this: For 35 years now, an Ortega has always held a congressional seat; and for 25 years, an Ortega has always occupied the governor's office. In 2010, 11 members of the clan secured various electoral seats, controlling over P1 billion in funds. 

"The clan is credited with the province's economic growth. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently recognized La Union as the second of 10 high performing provinces in the country.

"This episode of Investigative Documentaries weighs in on the performance of the Ortegas, one of the country's most enduring political clans.

"Investigative Documentaries airs every Thursday, 8 PM on the leading news channel on Philippine TV, GMA News TV Channel 11."

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