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Province of Ilocos Sur

Health, Tourism, and Travel

Ilocos Sur launches Bicentennial Stamp

Four iconic historical and tourism spots were featured in the launching of Ilocos Sur Bicentennial stamp by the Provincial Government headed by Governor Ryan Singson and PHILPOST. Gov. Ryan together with Mr Luis D. Carlos the Asst. Postmaster General, Vice Gov. Jerry Singson, other Provincial Officials and local chief executives launched the stamp on February 8, 2018. The Philippine Postal Corporation issued a special set of block of four stamps and a souvenir sheet with two circular stamps. Six designs for the stamps summarized the beauty and grandeur of Ilocos Sur like the Calle Crisologo, the Sta. Maria Church, the Pinsal Falls, Bessang Pass Natural Monument, Bantay Bell Tower and the Pagburnayan. Gov. Ryan encouraged the people to send letter for their love ones using the traditional way so that they can use the bicentennial stamp or have it as their memorabilia. “The commemorative stamps will celebrate our history as people. As symbols, the stamps speaks eloquently of the kind of people that we are, and how rich our heritage and culture is. Truly it marks our being a Heritage Province that had been built, established and nurtured for the past 200 years”,said Gov. Ryan. One thousand copies of personalized stamps were issued at a price of one hundred fifty pesos per sheet.

Bicentennial Kannawidan Ylocos Festival Opens

The Bicentennial Ylocos Festival goes full blast with the traditional opening ritual led by Gov Ryan Singson together with the indigenous people of Ilocos Sur and other local officials, with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones as guests of honor. The festival showcases the rich heritage, tradition, culture, arts, crafts and delicacies of Ilocos Sur. Locals revived traditional practices that Ilocano elders passed on in the annual Kannawidan Festival but made it more meaningful this 2018 because of the province celebration of Bicentennial Kannawidan Ylocos festival from January 27 to February 11. “The traditional opening display the identity proofs that there is a culture that we have form through the years, and we will continue our journey towards the future. A lesson is learned for 2 centuries and that is, as province that we will continue with its glorious past in achieving a more glorious future. Let us walk and celebrate together our independence as a province, a starting point of our journey, let us all remember, and with pride let us be proud to be Ilocosurians for 200 years ,”said Gov. Ryan Singson. The Kannawidan (local term for traditional practice) festival was also an occasion to strengthen the Ilocano culture, recognize Ilocos Sur’s sons and daughters who brought honor to the province, celebrate abundant harvest or just to celebrate the Ilocano spirit that continues to drive locals to boost the province. Various festivities were staged from trade, agriculture, aqua and livestock while a display of farm products opened the 17-day festival. Tradition was also found in the culinary treats that residents prepared including delicacies that Ilocos Sur is known for. Different Municipalities displayed products under the One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) booth inside the trade fair. Relative to this, on January 29, 2018 a concelebrated mass was done, followed by a procession. After that a boodle fight (Kinammet in Iloco meaning to eat with bare hands) eating the traditional way was led by the governor and other provincial officials, with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Dep Ed Secretary Leonor Briones and the whole PGIS Family. Right after, the viewing of Dancing Fountain and fabulous Fireworks was done at the Plaza Salcedo, in front of the Provincial Capitol.

Pre-schoolers in Nagbukel Ilocos Sur Receive  Free Supply of Ilocos Sur Dairy Milk

Nagbukel Ilocos Sur - In order to address the problem of malnutrition, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur has initiated an outline to meet the needs of the undernourished children. Through the establishment of the Ilocos Sur Dairy Production and Processing Center, the province is able to produce dairy milk to be given free to all pre-schoolers in all barangays. Last August 10, 2017, Governor Ryan Singson together with other provincial officials led the distribution of dairy milk and feeding program to the children of Nagbukel, Ilocos Sur. Aside from this, the governor promised 120 days supply of dairy milk for them. “We have enough supply of dairy milk in the province so we will distribute this to all the children where there are identified malnourished not only here in Nagbukel but in the entire province. And to the parents, you must keep and help your children drink the milk we will be supplying for them so that hopefully within the range of four months they will gain weight and that numbers of children who are malnourished will be reduced.” Last July 11, 2017, Gov. Singson in collaboration with Philippine Carabao Center at the Mariano Marcos State University (PCC at MMSU) opened the Ilocos Sur Dairy Production and Processing Facility in Barangay Cabangaran Santa Ilocos Sur. Gov. Ryan said that one of the main goals in establishing a dairy center in the province is to address the increasing number of undernourished children in the province. As recommended by the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) and the Department Of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the dairy products should be given during the feeding programs for the local school children. The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur ensures that the supply to be given to the children is enough. With this, they targeted not only the municipality of Nagbukel but the entire province. Aside from that they will also bring the said product to all the municipalities of the province and all retail stores serve as one of the income generating program of the PGIS. People of Nagbukel Ilocos Sur thanked the Governor thru their Municipal Mayor Hon. Amalia Cabrera.

Pre-schoolers in Nagbukel Ilocos Sur Receive  Free Supply of Ilocos Sur Dairy Milk

Nagbukel Ilocos Sur - In order to address the problem of malnutrition, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur has initiated an outline to meet the needs of the undernourished children. Through the establishment of the Ilocos Sur Dairy Production and Processing Center, the province is able to produce dairy milk to be given free to all pre-schoolers in all barangays. Last August 10, 2017, Governor Ryan Singson together with other provincial officials led the distribution of dairy milk and feeding program to the children of Nagbukel, Ilocos Sur. Aside from this, the governor promised 120 days supply of dairy milk for them. “We have enough supply of dairy milk in the province so we will distribute this to all the children where there are identified malnourished not only here in Nagbukel but in the entire province. And to the parents, you must keep and help your children drink the milk we will be supplying for them so that hopefully within the range of four months they will gain weight and that numbers of children who are malnourished will be reduced.” Last July 11, 2017, Gov. Singson in collaboration with Philippine Carabao Center at the Mariano Marcos State University (PCC at MMSU) opened the Ilocos Sur Dairy Production and Processing Facility in Barangay Cabangaran Santa Ilocos Sur. Gov. Ryan said that one of the main goals in establishing a dairy center in the province is to address the increasing number of undernourished children in the province. As recommended by the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) and the Department Of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the dairy products should be given during the feeding programs for the local school children. The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur ensures that the supply to be given to the children is enough. With this, they targeted not only the municipality of Nagbukel but the entire province. Aside from that they will also bring the said product to all the municipalities of the province and all retail stores serve as one of the income generating program of the PGIS. People of Nagbukel Ilocos Sur thanked the Governor thru their Municipal Mayor Hon. Amalia Cabrera.

Eye Care Mission serves hundreds of Ilocosurians

Vigan City Ilocos Sur- About six hundred Ilocosurians have availed the free eye check-up services brought for the people of Ilocos Sur by Governor Ryan Singson and was conducted by the Eye Care We Care Foundation from Makati City Philippines and the Ladies for Ryan held at Gabriela Silang General Hospital last August 5 & 6 this year. Governor Ryan during the said activity stretched, “As long as there are Ilocosurians, brothers or sisters that are in need of our services, we will continue reaching each of them.” Dedicated to saving and making lives better for the less privileged here in Ilocos Sur having limited access to health services mainly those who are in upland municipalities. This activity was in line with the group’s social development plan. Services rendered range from eye examination, eye refraction, and glaucoma testing going to the eye pathology stage in order to see the kind of diseases the individuals have. The recipients also received prescription medicines and both reading and regular eyeglasses, all for free. According to one of the members of the Eye Care We Care Mission, this is their first time here in Ilocos Sur and even the farthest mission they had. All the materials needed such as reading and regular eye glasses for the beneficiaries and all the funds for this mission are all donations coming from the United States. The manpower from the Team Eye Care We Care are all well trained volunteers. Mrs. Patch Singson, President of Ladies for Ryan, during the interview said, “All Ilosurians who are diagnosed for operation, their surgery will be scheduled on this coming October 2017 with the same foundation.” Meanwhile, Mrs Catherine Escopel thanked the governor and the foundation for bringing such eye mission like this. “Thank you Gov. Ryan, for giving us the opportunity to have an eye check-up, for we could not afford to go to private eye clinics” Escopel stressed. Among others that helped in this Eye Care Mission were the Ladies for Ryan, Inner Wheel Club – Makati, and National Council of Women of the Philippines and Women’s Rights Movement of the Philippines.

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