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Province of Ilocos Sur





Infrastructure, Politics, Governance, and Lifestyle

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.

Ilocos Sur Towns Receive PCSO Ambulance

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.

Largest Training Center Inaugurated in Sta Cruz

Sta Cruz, Ilocos Sur- The Provincial Government headed by Gov. Ryan Singson initiated the opening of the newly built training center in Sta. Cruz Ilocos Sur, assisted by Vice Mayor Virgillo Valle of the host town. The newly built structure was funded by RA 7171 and it was considered as the biggest and most convenient training center in the entire province. This serves as learning and training venue for vocational courses. With the cooperation of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the local government of Sta Cruz will be able to produce skilled workers who will be competitive in their chosen field when they finished the trainings provided.

PGIS Conducts Relief Operations to Areas Affected by Ineng

Members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) headed by Governor Ryan Singson and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Santa, Ilocos Sur pushed to reach the five isolated barangays during the onslaught of typhoon Ineng despite the strong current of the river. The Calungbuyan Bridge collapsed due to the torrent waters of lower Abra River causing the barangays of Oribi, Dammay, Calungbuyan, Casiber and Rancho inaccessible. Through the help of the Philippine Coastguard, the team of rescuers safely crossed the river and they were able to deliver the food packs to the affected families. “Originally, we plan to airlift the goods, but unfortunately the choppers are not available due to bad weather. The typhoon victims cannot wait. We really need to find ways to reach the isolated families” Governor Ryan Singson said. A total of 730 families in the five isolated barangays in Santa, Ilocos Sur were given food packs for one week. More than 300 families in the island barangay of Puro, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur were also reached through boat by the team of Governor Ryan Singson.

Cooperatives and POs Receive Financial Assistance

Vigan City-The provincial Government headed by Gov. Ryan Singson gave out financial assistance to the different cooperatives and people’s organization in the province amounting to 3.8 million pesos. The assistance will aid the members especially those who are in need. They can borrow an amount from their organization with a minimal interest. Governor Singson saw the needs of the members. Though the assistance may not meet all their wishes, at least it would ease their financial burden. “These cash given to you today is just a half of your request but if you know how to handle and use in a proper way, we will double or even triple your requests”, Gov. Ryan said to the beneficiaries. Eighteen cooperatives and Peoples’ Organization from different municipalities received the cash grants.

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