DILG Secretary Mar Roxas visits Ilocos Norte after Typhoon Mario

Governor Imee R. Marcos led a press briefing regarding Typhoon Mario on September 22, 2014 at the Ilocos Norte Capitol. Also present were DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, Secretary Edwin Lacierda, Vice Governor Angelo Barba, Laoag City Vice Mayor Michael Fariñas, and Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson. More »

PGIN delivers typhoon Mario relief goods, gets 3,000+ more from DSWD national office

Gov. Imee delivers relief goods, including some baked products and recycled GI roof sheets for temporary fix, to disaster-stricken residents of Pasuquin September 21, 2014 in Barangay Davila after Typhoon Mario pummeled Ilocos Norte. More »

Governor Imee Marcos met with agriculture stakeholders

Governor Imee Marcos met with agriculture stakeholders in the province September 21, 2014 at the Capitol to develop plans for the speedy recovery of the agriculture industry in Ilocos Norte having been struck hard by typhoon Mario. More »

Gov. Imee inspects areas devastated by Typhoon Mario

Gov. Imee with the PNP Ilocos Norte Search and Rescue team, Army and Air Force during the evacuation of the residents of Barangay Lacuben, Badoc, Ilocos Norte prompted by the onslaught of Typhoon Mario (Fung-wong) September 20, 2014. Gov. Imee also visited the residents of Barangay Caaoacan, Laoag City who More »

Ilocos Norte celebrates Aldaw ni Apo Makoy

Ilocos Norte is never seen alive as it is on September 11, the highlight of the weeklong celebration of the birthday anniversary of its greatest son and late President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (FEM) who turned 97 this year. Dubbed as Aldaw ni Apo Makoy, this year’s celebration began with a thanksgiving More »

FEM Debate Cup 2014 names MMSU-Laoag champion

For the second time, the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU)–Laoag Team won the Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (FEM) Debate Cup held on September 10, 2014 at the Laoag City Auditorium. With the motion “Haanmi a kayat nga agbalin a parte ti Metro Ilocos Norte” (This house does not want to be More »

PGIN Task Force Trabaho offers over 2000 job vacancies on Marcos Fiesta Job Fair

In line with its aim to provide more jobs to Ilocanos, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte Task Force Trabaho (PGIN TFT) conducted a Marcos Fiesta Paperless Job Fair which offered 2,472 job vacancies to over 700 applicants. The event held at the Robinsons Mall Ilocos Norte on September 12, More »

Marcos Fiesta 2014 marked by festivities, commemorations

Ilocos Norte’s greatest son and the late President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos’ (FEM) 97th birthday anniversary was marked by a week of fun, merrymaking and festivity which gathered over 15,000 Ilocanos from the province as well as Marcos loyalists all over the country. This year’s celebration was packed with commemorative activities More »

‘Ultimate’ Ilocano expo to showcase best of Filipino food, products

In line with the vision to improve the gastronomic tourism and develop trade and industry in the north, the Bakers and Restaurant Association of Ilocos Norte (BRAIN) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will open the second year of the Ilocos Norte Food and Trade Expo More »

Marcos Fiesta festivities for September 11

In celebration of the 97th birth anniversary of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, a mass was held September 11, 2014 in Sta. Monica Church, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte attended by the Marcos Family and friends, local chief executives and local parishioners. The late President Marcos was born in Sarrat. Da Real Makoy More »

Young Ilocano artists to honor FEM in the Makoy Literary and Arts Contest

Young Ilocano artists will enliven the centennial arena stage as they battle and showcase their skills and talents in the Makoy Literary and Art Contest on September 12, 2014. The competition held annually is part of the week-long celebration of the 97th birth anniversary of Ilocos Norte’s favorite son Ferdinand More »

Sheep dispersal project

A total of 105 sheep were loaned to 80 recipients coming from the municipalities of Marcos, Banna, Vintar, Bacarra and Currimao on September 4, 2014. The animal raisers will return the first offspring of the lamb to the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte in order for it to be awarded More »

IN, Cam Sur forge sisterhood ties

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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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