The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur through the leadership of Gov. Ryan Singson and the Department of Education headed by Sec. Leonor Magtolis Briones and Undersecretary Atty. Tonisito M.C. Umali, the Secretary General of Palarong Pambansa on Wednesday January 30, 2018 signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the staging 2018 Palarong Pambansa at the Vigan Convention Center, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. “Palarong Pambansa is a big help for the province of Ilocos Sur to further develop the current status of sports, tourism and economy. Ilocos Sur being the host of Palaro, I would like to make it the best Palarong Pambansa ever in the Philippine history”, said Gov. Ryan. The MOA was signed by Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson and Education Secretary Leonor Briones. Through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement the Department of Education will be able to release funds for the said sports event of the country, amounting to more than three hundred million pesos (P300, 000,000.00). “We did not fail ourselves in choosing the Province of Ilocos Sur being the host of Palarong Pambansa 2018, aside from the rich culture it possessed, the sports facilities perfectly suited the event”, Sec. Briones said. Ilocos Sur, in cooperation with the DepEd Regional Office Region 1 and Schools Division of Ilocos Sur, was declared as the host local government unit for the 2018 Palarong Pambansa. The signing of the MOA was seasoned on the celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the province as an independent one. Palarong Pambansa Logo 2018 was being presented right after the signing of the MOA artistically made with a touch of Ilocos Sur products like clay pot and kalesa wheel which is popular at the so called Heritage Province. The Palarong Pambansa hymn was also sung during the event.