The Commission on Elections and the Catholic Church initiated a peace covenant held at St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral one week after the deadline of substitution of candidates. This was attended by the candidates for provincial and municipal officials where a mass was celebrated by Archbishop Marlo Peralta. The homily of Archbishop Peralta focused on the importance of the covenant and the role of the candidates in order to achieve a peaceful and orderly election on May 2016. Governor Singson and Vice Governor Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano led the Nationalista candidates in signing the covenant, committing and binding themselves in their responsibilities to attain the goal of the society for the upcoming elections. But, none of the opposition candidates showed up in the activity. Governor Singson said that participating in the peace covenant is one of the candidates’ ways to show how sincere they are in their electoral platforms. His goal is to eventually turn the political state in the province into “One Ilocos Sur”. The 2016 election will mark a step closer to their goal as there will be no race in the highest and second highest post in the province. Then gubernatorial candidate Benny Aguilar and his running mate for Vice Governor Rosalia Rodriguez withdrew their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) during the last day of substitution leaving re-electionist Gov. Ryan Singson and Vice Gubernatorial candidate SPM Jeremiah Singson unopposed. Also, fourteen out of the thirty four Mayoralty candidates are unopposed. “As we can see, this is really the first time that gubernatorial, Vice-gubernatorial and many mayoralty candidates are unopposed. We have a reason to believe that our province will no longer be one of those listed as hot spot during the elections” Gov. Ryan Singson said. The COMELEC and the Catholic Church are expecting the candidates to fulfil their pledges and contribute in the attainment of peaceful and orderly elections.
Vigan City- The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and National Agencies conducted a joint meeting headed by the provincial Governor Ryan Luis Singson at Baluarte, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Officer, PSSUPT Nestor Felix gives his updates on Provincial Peace and Order Situation. Brigade Commander, 702nd IB, PA, Lt. Col. David B. Diciano discussed the Internal Security Operations. Chief Intelligence Division, PRO1, PSSUPT Edgar Allan O. Okubo presented the Internal Security and Convergence Plans and Activities and PDRRMO, Provincial of Ilocos Sur, Mr. Michael Chan presented the PDRRMC Programs and Activities. Through the unity of the different councils and national agencies in enforcing the peace and order, crimes and insurgency cases continuously decreases. Aside from crimes and insurgency, they also discuss traffic problems in the province. Motorist often suffers from delayed of travels due to the long traffic happening in the different roads especially during rush hours. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) assured to solve this issue. Meanwhile, PGIS and Gov. Ryan gave an amount for the region to support anti-illegal drugs eradication. “There should be unity and diversity within us. Without these two, we will not implement the peace and order we want to implement in our respective places.” Gov. Ryan added. The meeting aims to deliberate and present plans and activities for the implementation of peace and order within the region. Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez also joined and facilitated the activity.
Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur- The provincial government of Ilocos Sur headed by Gov. Ryan Singson formally inaugurated the three vital projects in the second district which include the river control, farm to market road and multi-purpose gym. The construction of these new projects was funded by the provincial government as requested by the barangay officials. The river control was built at Brgy. Paoc Sur, Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur in order to protect the residents from flash floods during rainy seasons. Gov. Ryan Singson immediately approved the resolution in constructing these projects to address the perennial problem of the residents along the river bed. “We do not want to see our constituents suffering especially during calamities. As I always say, I will immediately approve without a second thought as long as it will benefit the people.” Gov. Ryan added The farm to market road in Brgy Quinabalayangan was also built to lessen the struggles of the farmers in transferring their products in the markets and to promote agricultural development. Also, a multi-purpose gym was built in Al-aludig, Santiago, Ilocos Sur to accommodate barangay activities. This will also serve as an evacuation center in times of calamities “We are very thankful to our beloved Governor for giving us this multi-purpose gym. This building is a big help to us especially when our barangay is conducting big events.” Mario Corpuz, Brgy. Chairman of Al-aludig said.
The Provincial Government headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson launches the first free electronic library in the province. Twenty new set of computers are given to the provincial library to benefit the students. This will aid them in gaining wider knowledge aside from what they learn in reading books. They can maximize the use of the e-library in doing their school projects and other research. Also, the e-library can be utilized by all constituents who want to access information especially the jobseekers or those planning to start up a business. Governor Ryan Singson recognizes the importance of technology and its contribution in the advancement of society. Through the highly technological facilities, there will be defined and effective communication and efficient delivery of services. “We are now living in digital age. It is now time to upgrade our facilities and also the lives of our people. This service of the provincial government can help our students to make their dreams into reality.” Gov. Ryan added. The building of the provincial library was also renovated last 2013. Rooms were installed with air condition unit and converted into a wider space to make it more conducive for learning. “This e-library serves as a beautiful present to the students. This will lessen their time in making their requirements. This is also a god solution to those who are suffering from allowance shortage because e-library is free to all.” Mts. Emma Claudio added, head of provincial library. Meanwhile, the provincial government is planning to make the e-library open until 8:00 PM instead of until 5:00 PM. They also plan to hire two qualified librarians to fill the vacant positions in their office and to facilitate all the learners.
Vigan City- The provincial government of Ilocos Sur celebrates the post-centenary silver (125th) birth anniversary of the late President Elpidio Quirino with former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson as the honoured guest speaker. Quirino’s grandchildren Cory Quirino, Maria Victoria Gonzalez, and Eddie Quirino led the Quirino clan in attendance as Singson – escorted by his son Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Luis Singson and Colonel David Diciano, army 702nd Infantry Brigade commander – laid a wreath before the statue of the late former president amidst a 21-gun salute. Singson cited Quirino as a man of compassion for forgiving the Japanese soldiers and giving amnesty to Hukbalahap during his term as president. In her message, Cory Quirino cited the three values the late president left as legacy for the Filipino people. These values include tolerance, goodwill and love, which she said were the backbone of President Quirino’s leadership and guiding principles in public service. Meanwhile, the provincial and Vigan city government launches the Pres. Elpidio Quirino Research Center and Apo Pidiong “the forgotten trail of greatness”-a workbook for junior high school at brgy. San Julian. Followed by the inauguration of the “Titong Singson plaza and Elpidio Quirino” children’s park at Caoayan and “Q Musical”-featuring the life of Apo Pidiong at Vigan convention center. These activities help the Ilocosurians to live remembering the legacy of Apo Pidiong until the next generations.
Vigan City – The Philippine Charity Sweestakes Office headed by General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II distributed eighteen (18) units of ambulance to the towns of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and La Union. Nine Towns in the Province of Ilocos Sur which include Lidlidda, Suyo, Caoayan, Santo Domingo, Santa Maria, Sinait, Banayoyo San Esteban and Nagbukel received one unit each. Governor Ryan Singson, Second District Representative Eric Singson together with the Provincial Board Members and Municipal Mayors personally received the key of the vehicles in the ceremonial turn-over held at the provincial capitol. These vehicles will be used by the Local Government Units to provide wider health care services and to enable efficient disaster response in their locality. “These vehicles really help our LGUs in delivering services to our constituents. We requested more ambulance for the other municipalities and for our provincial hospital. We are greatful because of the positive response of PCSO.” Gov Ryan Singson said. All the recipient municipalities including the towns in Ilocos Norte and La Union are in the 5th and 6th class. PCSO Gen Manager Jose Rojas II said, these are their priorities but he assured that all municipalities will be given ambulance for their next allocation. The provincial government requested from the PCSO the provision of another ambulance units for the district hospitals in the province and for Gabriela Silang General Hospital. Gov. Singson also requested for the establishment of sattelite office of PCSO in the first district of Ilocos Sur.