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Province of Ilocos Sur





Infrastructure, Politics, Governance, and Lifestyle

Capitol officials and employees undergo Drug Test

Drive by the massive campaign against illegal drugs, Gov. Ryan Luis Singson initiated surprise drug testing among the employees of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur. Governor Ryan called for an emergency meeting for all employees of Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur to conduct a surprise drug test. Gov. Ryan was the first in the line followed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members. During the activity, the Provincial Capitol Hall was guarded by policemen to assure that no one can escape the test. Those who will turn out positive of drugs will be immediately terminated from their positions. “We should uphold the public trust and govt. officials should be the role model. If someone turned positive in this drug test, he will be immediately dismissed. It’s too late now for them to surrender.” Gov. Ryan insisted. In a grateful manner, PGIS employees complied and submitted themselves in drug testing. This is to show their sincere support for the government’s tough campaign against illegal drugs. Meanwhile, Gov Ryan directed all Municipal Mayors to do the same in their own municipalities on July 15, 2016. The activity aims to eradicated and free the province from illegal drugs in support to the movement of the National Government.

Local Chief Executives undergo drug tests

July 15, 2016 – The Municipal Mayors and ABC presidents in all municipalities of Ilocos Sur submitted themselves to drug testing held at the governor’s office, provincial capitol in Vigan City in response to the invitation of Governor Ryan Singson. A surprise drug testing was earlier held where all provincial officials and employees undergone the said test. This time, Governor Ryan wanted to ensure that elected municipal officials are drug-free and they set an example in their own areas. The activity was initiated in support of the provincial government in the strong campaign against illegal drugs of the Duterte administration. “We would like to assure our constituents that our province is a drug-free place and the leaders are their role models. Whoever turns out positive in this drug test will face administrative sanctions and may lead to their dismissal.” Gov. Ryan said. The Local Chief Executives strongly support the anti-drug campaign. One among the first batch who responded to the invitation of the governor is the youngest Municipal Mayor, Josh Cobangbang of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. “I hope that this will pave a way to transparency regarding our health and of course we have to assure everyone that everybody who is in elected position in the government should lead by example” Mayor Josh Cobangbang said. The municipal officials are expected to do the same in their localities to ensure that .all in the government positions are clean and drug-free.

Gov. Ryan is the new LPP President

Governor Ryan Luis Singson was elected president of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) during the first regular assembly and election of officers of the provincial chief executives held in Manila on July 24, 2016. With the objective to work hand in hand with the national government for clean and transparent governance and a quest towards federalism, the governor-members voted Governor Singson to head the league together with the new set of officers among them are Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara of Albay as Chairman, Gov. Antonio Rafael G. Del Rosario of Davao del Norte as Executive Vice-President and Gov. Edgardo M. Chatto of Bohol and Gov. Junie E. Cua as Secretary-Generals. Other Elected LPP officers are Gov. David C. Suarez of Quezon Province, Gov. Roel R. Degamo of Negros Oriental, and Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza of Agusan del Sur as Vice President for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao respectively; Gov. Imee R. Marcos of Ilocos Norte as Deputy Secretary-General for Luzon; Gov. Zaldy S. Villa of Siquijor as Deputy Secretary-General for Visayas; Gov. Imelda Q. Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte as Deputy Secretary-General for Mindanao. Gov. Herminia M. Ramiro of Misamis Occidental was elected as Treasurer while Gov. Susan A. Yap of Tarlac is the Assistant Treasurer and Gov. Maria Jocelyn V. Bernos of Abra is the elected Auditor. Singson said that LLP will fully support the national government in implementation of the key programs especially in the fight against illegal drugs and corruption and increasing economic growth through setting up of economic zones. With the LPP, the provinces may share to other members their different programs and practices in order to help one another. “The LP will visit each province to see the best practices that we can share to and may adopt by the other provinces. In this way, we all move forward together”, Gov. Ryan Added. The LPP also assures a strong partnership with the national government in the campaign towards federalism form of government.

 PNP presents Nearly 2,000 Drug Surrenderees to Gov. Singson

The Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office presented to Governor Ryan Singson the one thousand eight hundred forty one (1,841) suspected drug pushers and users who voluntarily surrendered to the authorities. Weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office and vowed to go after all the personalities involved in drug trade in the country, the police and local officials of the province joined hands in carrying out the tough anti-drug program. The implementation of the Oplan Tokhang resulted to the surrender of nearly two thousand suspected drug pushers and users from the different towns in the province. They turned in themselves to their Municipal Police Stations and signed an affidavit that they will not use or peddle illegal drugs again. Governor Ryan Singson said that the anti-illegal drug campaign of Duterte Administration is very effective. In support to this, the provincial government of Ilocos Sur is coordinating with the Department of Health for the construction of rehabilitation centers and with the TESDA to provide livelihood to the surrenderees. Moreover, Gov. Singson initiated the strengthening of the Ilocos Sur Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council or ISPADA with the help of the Local Government Units. “The tough anti-drug program is effective. A lot of drug users and peddles are now coming out and this is a good indication that the campaign initiated by no less than the President will surely clean our country from illegal drug infestation. Congratulations to President Duterte”, Gov. Ryan added. Those who turned in themselves at the police stations will be given counselling, livelihood training and undergo rehabilitation, if needed. The PNP and the barangay officials will monitor the suspected drug pushers and users to ensure they will not go back to using illegal drugs.

Gov. Ryan inspects Burgos’ River Flood Control Project

Burgos, Ilocos Sur – Governor Ryan Singson personally inspects the river flood control project constructed in Sitio Turod, Brgy. Manaboc this town. The 150-meter length river flood control was funded by the provincial government of Ilocos Sur of 3.5 Million pesos and it was finished last October 27, 2015. The stretch of the concrete project covers the whole Sitio which was always prone to flash floods. “Agyaman kami unay kenni Gobernador Ryan Singson iti panangpondo na ti river control. Dakkel a tulong kada kami daytoy nangruna kada kami nga asideg iti waig. Agpeggad kami no adda napigsa a tudo, maanod ti kabalbalayanmi ngem ita, saan kamin nga agdandannag,” a resident said. Gov. Ryan plans to expand the project to protect not only the houses along the river but also the fields where the residents depend on living. “Flooding has been a perennial problem of the residents here that is why we immediately approved the construction of the river flood control. We are inspecting right now to see if we can extend the 150-meter project,” Gov. Ryan said. With the river flood control project, the residents of Sitio Turod, Manaboc, Burgos are now at ease and they are assured of their safety against the danger of flash floods.

PGIS funds 86-meter Spillway construction

Vigan City- The provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Gov. Ryan Singson inaugurates the newly constructed spillway at Cabaroan Daya in Vigan City. The 86-meter long spillway was constructed to provide safe release of floodwaters from dams and rivers near the area. This will protect the community as well as to avoid destruction of agricultural products brought by flood waters during rainy seasons. The spillway also serves as a farm to market road for farmers and hog raisers providing an easy access for them in bringing their products to the town market. The construction of the project was funded by the Provincial Government of 1.5 million to address the perennial problem of the residents as laid down by the barangay officials in their earlier request. “We are reaching out the grass roots. As much as possible, we prioritize the construction of projects of the barangays. The Provincial Government automatically approved this project to lessen the burden of our constituents during rainy seasons and to provide our farmers a good transportation for their goods.” Gov. Ryan added. In addition, Gov. Ryan again approved outright the request of Brgy. Cabaroan Daya for the pavement of the almost 100-meter road from the spillway to the different Sitios.

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