For the second time in a row, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur under the leadership of Governor Ryan Singson was adjudged as outstanding province under the National Quality Corn Achievers Award 2016. Ilocos Sur was awarded by the Department of Agriculture during the 4th National Quality Corn Achievers Awarding Ceremony held at The Farm, Koronadal City, South Cotabato on November 16, 2016. The Municipality of Sta. Maria was also a grand slam awardee for the municipal category. Provincial Agriculturist Constante Botacion was again honored as outstanding provincial agriculturist of the Philippines and Oscar Tobia as outstanding provincial corn coordinator. Along with them were Grace Cardona and Diosdado Mendoza of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur as outstanding municipal agriculturist and outstanding municipal corn coordinator respectively, while agricultural technologists Ronan Tumbaga of Bantay and Oliver Quidangen of Burgos, Ilocos Sur were recognized as outstanding agricultural extension workers. The province was awarded the same title last year at Clark, Pampanga for having an outstanding high grade corn produce with an average yield increment of 2.24 %. This year, in the random sampling made by the evaluators from the DA, the quality of the corn produce in the province is premium grade. Gov Ryan said that this back to back award is a great achievement which was realized through the strong support of the provincial government, the Department of Agriculture and the Local Government Units and also not to discount the great performance demonstrated by the farmer's sector. His administration has initiated different programs since he assumed office to increase the production and raise the quality of corn seeds planted in farmlands. These include production support, provision of farm implements, irrigation and water system, farm machinery extension and training support, and even marketing support that lead to high quality corn produce. “This is again a success of our province but it is also a challenge to us on how to sustain and even improve the corn industry. The cash prize we received last year will aid the farmers in their post-production through the purchased hauling trucks. This year’s award will again be allotted to them but we will let our farmers decide of the kind of projects that would benefit them.” Gov. Ryan added. A plaque was given to the Province aside from the three million pesos cash prize handed by the Department of Agriculture National Officials.