MMSU wins FEM Intercollegiate Debate Tournament 2015

Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) – Batac emerged as champion after defeating Northern Christian College (NCC) in this year’s Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) Intercollegiate Debate Tournament held on September 16 at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium. The final round focused on the motion “This house believes that all public utility vehicles More »

Gov. Marcos, JICA conducts aerial inspection, seek for quick mobilization of dikes ravaged by typhoon ‘Ineng’

After conducting series of aerial inspections days after typhoon ‘Ineng’ hit the province, Governor Imee Marcos requested for further assessment of the damaged dike systems particularly of the Madongan Dam in Solsona and Sabo Dam in Nueva Era on September 10, 2015. The inspection team included Ms. Misaki Kawaguchi, Japan More »

PGIN estimates agriculture, infrastructure damage from ‘Ineng’ now at P 2 B

Agriculture and infrastructure damage in Ilocos Norte has now climbed up to more than P 2 billion after Typhoon ‘Ineng’ ravaged the province over the weekend, latest report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC) showed. Agriculture recorded an estimated P89 million worth of damage while More »

Governor Marcos continues aerial inspection, relief operation in far-flung areas ravaged by Typhoon ‘Ineng’

Aerial rounds in the far-flung municipalities of Nueva Era and Adams conducted by Governor Imee R. Marcos on August 28, Friday showed that more infrastructures were severely damaged after Typhoon ‘Ineng’ hit Ilocos Norte over the weekend. As the inspection yesterday showed that a great extent of the dike system More »

‘RAKENROL’ musical play to highlight Marcos Fiesta celebration

In celebration of President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ 98th birthday anniversary, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will produce for the first time a full-length musical play dubbed as ‘RAKENROL’ on September 11, 2015, 7:00 PM at Mariano Marcos State University’s Teatro Ilocandia, Batac. ‘RAKENROL’, as director Jeremy dela Cruz described More »

Ilocos Norte’s youth program wins Galing Pook Awards 2015

Proving its continuing excellence in local governance in the past few years, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) was cited as one of the ten Galing Pook 2015 awardees for its flagship youth program “Sirib Express.” Governor Imee Marcos led the capitol department heads and Sirib Express Staff in More »

Ilocos Norte set to celebrate Apo Lakay’s 98th birthday anniversary

Marking the 98th birthday anniversary of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos,—popularly known among Ilocanos as Apo Lakay—the Province of Ilocos Norte is set to conduct youth-engaging activities in honor of its favorite son starting this September 9. Da Real Makoy Literary and Musical Competition will open the weeklong celebration, a fitting More »

PGIN remains under red alert, more than 19,000 Ilocanos affected due to ‘Ineng’

Governor Imee R. Marcos ordered the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to stay on red alert as efforts are intensified for the safety and early recovery of the province from the devastation brought by Typhoon ‘Ineng’ in the province over the weekend. Prompting local government officials to place the More »

Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to typhoon Ineng

In the wake of the most recent typhoon ‘Ineng’ (international name: Goni), the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has declared Ilocos Norte under state of calamity following a total estimated worth of damages of Php 456,878,938.65 has been recorded as of August 23, 2015. According to the Provincial Disaster More »

Power cut off in entire Ilocos Norte due to ‘Ineng’

As Typhoon ‘Ineng’ downed electric transmission lines and toppled numerous electric poles, Governor Imee Marcos is appealing to the Department of Energy (DOE), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Energy Development Corporation-Burgos (EDC), North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC), Northwind and several power companies to help in the immediate More »

Ilocos Norte under state of calamity, seeks help for Typhoon ‘Ineng’ damages

After being declared under state of calamity on Saturday reporting a nearly P500 million damage to Ilocos Norte’s agriculture and infrastructure, the Provincial Government is seeking for immediate assistance from the national government to restore the damages caused by Typhoon Ineng which struck Northern Luzon on Thursday, August 20, 2015. More »

PGIN strengthens support to Ilocano farmers, launches KSK program

Over 50 Ilocano farmers will be undergoing a 12-week training on advanced agricultural technology as Governor Imee R. Marcos in partnership with SM Foundation launched the batch 94 of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) training program on July 15 at VL Farms, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. “We aim to upgrade More »

IN, Cam Sur forge sisterhood ties


The provinces of Ilocos Norte and Camarines Sur have finally forged sisterhood ties, a development expected to boost the tourism potentials of the former.

Aware of the enormous potential of the two provinces, given such dynamic and highly educated people and rich natural resources, which could propel both provinces into economic prosperity if properly harnessed, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos and Gov. L Ray Villafuerte of Camarines Sur formally established sisterhood relationship last September 11 this year.

According to Marcos, Cam Sur since rising from being unknown in tourism industry to being currently the premier tourist destination in the country has among its assets an extraordinary wealth of know-how, familiarity, and expertise concerning tourism development and promotion.

“The sisterhood ties with Cam Sur will be beneficial to us, especially in promoting our province as an eco-tourism destination,” Marcos said.

On a scheduled visit around Ilocos Norte, Gov. Villafuerte and party were toured in La Paz Sand Dunes, Paoay Lake National Park, Bangui Windmills and Pagudpud. Among the tourist spots, Villafuerte expressed interests of adopting the renewable energy produced by the Bangui Windmills which according to him, the windmills apart from being a prime tourist destination in the North is also beneficial to the Ilocanos because of the energy it produces.

“Our province is undertaking to develop our own wind energy resources in addition to our initial solar energy development program, and Ilocos Norte being a pioneer in the development of renewable energy in South East Asia with its windmills in Bangui, I believe this province will help us a lot in our efforts to establish the same.” Villafuerte added.

In her bid to make Ilocos Norte a world-class tourist destination like Cam Sur, Gov. Marcos on the other hand, is set to make the Paoay Lake National Park Development Plan a reality.

“Cam Sur is known for its water sports complex which hosted the international event ‘Ironman Philippines’ recently, and I intend to seek the expertise of Gov. Villafuerte for the development of Paoay Lake as a center for wakeboarding, wakeskating, and other water sports where we can also host big events such as ‘Ironman’,” Marcos stressed.

Relative to this, both provinces has expressed to share resources through an agreed mechanism of exchange, transfer, and sharing that encompasses tourism, trade and investment, and green technology in order to promote socio-economic and cultural development for the two provinces. (Florante A. Nicolas-CMO)

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