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Province of Ilocos Sur

Health, Tourism, and Travel

PGIS Celebrates Tourism Week

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur initiated different activities in celebration of the Tourism Week from September 23-25, 2015. The activities aimed to discover and promote other tourism potentials of Ilocos Sur including eco-tourism. “The provincial government is always working with the Department of Tourism to promote and develop our tourist sector. In addition, we will also improve eco-tourism in the province to attract more tourists.” Gov. Ryan Singson said. The activities include photography competition where it was participated by both professional and aspiring photographers in the locality; the jingle competition and the fashion show. Foods locally produced in the province became the subject of the photography contest. This is to showcase the different Ilocano Cuisine. Each contestant had submitted one entry. Among the numerous entries, the photo of “cocoa tablea” by Dr. Rommel Taqueban was chosen as the winner. The photo of “dinengdeng” by Mr. George Aguinir and the “pinakbet” by Mr. Dexter Agpalo were also chosen as runners up. The winners received trophy plus fifteen thousand pesos, ten thousand pesos and five thousand pesos respectively. The jingle competition became a venue for the local composers. Using the international language, Mr. John Kurt Balbuena of Ilocos Norte was declared as winner by his original composition “Yes Ilocos Sur”. This will be used as the new official theme song of the Provincial Tourism Office. Different traditional costumes especially the known Abel of Ilocos were also showcased through the fashion show conducted at Vigan City Convention Center. These activities were geared towards the advancement of tourism industry in the province acknowledging the different potentials of both the products and the people of Ilocos Sur. Meanwhile, Governor Ryan Singson is coordinating with the Local Government Unit of Cabanatuan to enter into a memorandum of understanding in order to promote Ilocos Sur in Cabanatuan City, the same as the province will also help Cabanatuan to promote their place.

Ilocos Sur is Miss World Philippines Tourist Destination

Vigan City- The prestigious pageant, Miss World Philippines has chosen the province of Ilocos Sur as their official tourist destination this year. The twenty seven lovely and gorgeous candidates arrived in the province on October 6, 2015 and they introduced themselves as they ramp in the Gala Night held at Vigan City Convention Center. The candidates stayed in the province for three days and enjoyed the splendour of the tourist destinations in Ilocos Sur. They held their photo shoot in the white sand beach of Cabugao beach resort, in the Historical Crisologo Street, the Sequia Mansion, Pagburnayan and in Bantay Bell tower. These places have been a part of history of the province and have an innate and diverse beauty, like the heritage village where we can see the preserved old houses and where the first community of the Spaniards in the north settled. The province of Ilocos Sur is honoured for the great opportunity brought by this activity. This can lead to a greater break for the province to promote the different tourist destinations. “The province of Ilocos Sur is very lucky for having Miss World Philippines here in the province. Surely, they will bring a positive impact in our tourist sector.” Gov. Ryan said. Former governor Luis “Chavit” Singson also believes that the activity brought a big promotion in the tourist section. “We need to help one another, work hand in hand in order for our province to be recognized in terms of distinct destinations.” He added. Miss World Philippines organizer, Ms. Cory Quirino has been planning to make Ilocos Sur as their tourist destination since 2011 and now, this came into reality. “It’s not that I am from the province but the province itself, truly is an attractive province.” She added. Candidate number 21, Miss Allyson Howell from Catanduanes was chosen by the provincial government as she stands out among the candidates during their visit in the province. She was awarded cash worth of fifty thousand pesos.

DOST Conducts North Luzon S&T Fair in Vigan City

Vigan City- The Department of Science and Technology conducted its annual Northluzon Science and Technology Fair in Vigan City held on September 1-3, 2015 at the Vigan City Convention Center. The event was participated in by DOST offices in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region wherein different inventions and science and technology assisted products were showcased. Food technology bazaar was established where the different food products such as the preserved vegetables turned into chips, fermented foods and vegetable juices. The different machines in preserving food were also introduced such as the high impact technology solutions vacuum fryer, water retort used to destroy microorganisms which cause spoilage and health hazard through the use of thermal processing and the food extruder used for cereals, corn and puffs. Secretary Mario Montejo of the DOST reiterated the importance of science and technology in agriculture, industry, transportation and communication, education and in disaster mitigation.

Bureau of Immigration Opens Satellite Office in Ilocos Sur

Provincial Capitol, Vigan City - The Bureau of Immigration formally opened its annex office in Vigan City on September 18, 2015 as Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison and Governor Ryan V. Singson inaugurated the newly renovated space in the Provincial Capitol. The agency’s pilot operation was held at Vigan City Convention Center on the same day where hundreds of foreign nationals flocked and availed the services such as renewal of student visa. The provincial government offered for free the vacant space in the Provincial Capitol to serve as the new BI office. “The office is now accessible to the foreign nationals in Vigan City and in nearby provinces, in this way we can help them lessen their burden in processing their needed requirements to stay in our country” Gov. Ryan Singson said. Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison sees the need of putting up a satellite office to cater the increasing number of foreign investors and foreign students in the province.

Kapitol Outreach Extends To Lowland Towns

Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur-The provincial government headed by Gov. Ryan Singson visited the different barangays and brought free medical and dental services under the program dubbed as Kapitol Outreach Reaching Your Areas Now or RYAN. From the far flung barangays of the upland municipalities, the free services extended to the different barangays in Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur. The barangays were clustered into four groups, where residents flocked into these areas to avail the services brought by the provincial government. Aside from the medical services, farmers from each barangays received farm equipment and facilities which include hand tractor, four wheel Kubota tractor, water pump, pipes and hose. “We want to recognize our farmers who work hard in providing us food. With this, we are giving farm facilities to help them and eventually to improve our agricultural sector.” Gov. Ryan said. The farmers express their gratitude for receiving the new technology, it will be a big help for them in increasing yields and it will lessen manpower for their advantage.

Negosyo Center to Assist Ilocos Sur Entrepreneurs

Vigan City – The Negosyo Center was formally opened to the public by the Department of Trade and Industry after it was inaugurated on July 29, 2015. This new building serves to meet the goalmouth of the “Go Negosyo Act Program” in facilitating the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises or the MSME’s in the province. The launching was attended by City and Provincial officers headed by Gov. Ryan Singson to show their support to the program in promoting job generation in the province. “We are thankful for the DTI in assisting us in giving services. This center is beneficial for our constituents especially those who wish to start business. They are properly guided to achieve a sustainable source of income”, Gov. Ryan said. With the “Go Negosyo Act”, the DTI, with the support of Local Government Units and other government agencies, boosts government’s assistance for the growth and development of MSMEs leading to more jobs and improved standard of living of the Ilocanos.

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