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Province of Ilocos Sur

Infrastructure, Politics, Governance, and Lifestyle

PGIS Funded Four Multi-million worth Infra Projects

San Esteban, Ilocos Sur- The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson funded four infrastructure projects in the municipality of San Esteban through the initiative of Barangay and Municipal officials. These projects include the two multi-purpose gymnasiums located in Barangays Villa Quirino and Apatot, the bunkhouse in Barangay Bateria and slaughterhouse in Barangay San Nicolas. The multi-purpose gym was constructed to accommodate barangay activities, to store palay goods and to serve as evacuation center during calamities. The slaughterhouse was purposely built to improve the meat processing industry that could eventually lead to safe and quality products such as fresh, clean and safe meats. In addition, the bunkhouse located at the coastal area was opened to serve as a working place and rest area for the “bantay dagat” officers in performing their duties. This is to establish security within the coastal area and to protect the seas from any form of illegal activities. “These are the facilities that the people of San Esteban need in order to improve the different industry and their community as well. We are always here to support them that is why, we allotted funds for the construction of these infrastructures” Gov. Ryan Singson said. Meanwhile, the provincial government of Ilocos Sur distributed goat breeders to the residents in coastal barangays as their alternative livelihood. “This livelihood project is extended to all coastal barangays because we see how hard to live in coastal area. They only depend in one source of living. Goat raising is a good additional livelihood for them”, Gov. Ryan added. Projects and programs that would directly benefit the people has always been the priority of the provincial government.

2016 Candidates Sign a Peace Covenant

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.

3 Infra Projects for 2nd District Towns

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.

New E-library to Benefit Students

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.

 Ilocanos rejoice 125th birthday of Quirino

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.

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