Gov. Ryan Singson is among the honored guests during the 39th foundation anniversary of the Ilocosurian Association of Hawaii held last August 2016. In his message to the officers and members of the association, he expressed his gratitude for the Association’s initiatives to help the people of Ilocos Sur specifically in terms of health and education. The Ilocosurian offers a scholarship grants to Ilocanos who are willing to study in college in Hawaii. Apart from this, the group also conducts free medical and surgical missions in the different parts of the province.
The Association through its officers pledged to extend more hand in the improvement of the Provincial Hospital Gabriela Silang and for the procurement of advance medical equipment. They will also expand the scholarship grants to Ilocano students, not just for those who will study abroad but also to those deserving students of Ilocos Sur Community College.
As a counterpart of the provincial government, Gov. Ryan said, the PGIS will help in the renovation and improvement of the infrastructure project of the Association in front of the Syquia Mansion. They will be putting up a museum with rooms to serve as homestay to the balikbayans.
“We will talk to the National Government Agencies concerned regarding this project so that we can also extend our help to the Ilocosurian Association of Hawaii for their project in our province” Gov. Ryan said.
In this event, Gov. Ryan invited all the Ilocanos living abroad not only those in Hawaii to come home and be part of the biggest celebration of the Province in its 200th Foundation Anniversary on 2018. A Global Reunion will be organized by the PGIS to involve all the Ilocosurians living abroad.
“They are all excited. As early as now, they are already booking their airline tickets. We are very eager to be partners with them especially to their social programs,” Gov. Ryan added.
Thousands of Ilocanos flocked at the grounds of Vigan City airport to light up the night during the black light run- Ilocos Sur edition on October 31, 2016. More than three thousand four hundred (3, 400) registered runners joined the fun run initiated by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Gov. Ryan Singson through the Color Manila Run Company. The night shines as the runners filled with neon colors that illuminate in blacklight. They are sprinkled with water to let the colors stick to their bodies. The run has no time limits to let the participants enjoy the track as different colors throws into their bodies and glows in the dark streets.
“I and my colleagues enjoy the night. This is very unforgettable and unique experience. It’s so overwhelming. We thank our Governor Ryan for bringing this event in our province. Ibig lang sabihin nito na hindi pahuhuli ang ating probinsya sa ibang mga probinsya”. Lowel Hernadez, expressed. After the run, participants continue the fun as an after party starts where everyone throws powder into the air while dancing in to the beat of the DJ’s. In the party a surprise dance contest was held. The contest was participated by five groups and winning group received 10 thousand pesos from the Governor.
“Thank you Color Manila for lighting and coloring our night. You make thousands of Ilocanos happy. To all the participants my sincere thanks because our event turned successful through your cooperation. We will be again conducting this event next year”. Gov. Ryan added. Meanwhile, the night becomes more colourful and sweet when a man proposed to his partner on the stage. The noise of the crowd turns solemnly to give opportunity to the man to speak the greatness of his love to his partner. He hugs her partners as he received the sweetest “yes” in his entire life.
The event was considered as the biggest regional fun run conducted by Color Manila.
For the second time in a row, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur under the leadership of Governor Ryan Singson was adjudged as outstanding province under the National Quality Corn Achievers Award 2016. Ilocos Sur was awarded by the Department of Agriculture during the 4th National Quality Corn Achievers Awarding Ceremony held at The Farm, Koronadal City, South Cotabato on November 16, 2016.
The Municipality of Sta. Maria was also a grand slam awardee for the municipal category. Provincial Agriculturist Constante Botacion was again honored as outstanding provincial agriculturist of the Philippines and Oscar Tobia as outstanding provincial corn coordinator. Along with them were Grace Cardona and Diosdado Mendoza of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur as outstanding municipal agriculturist and outstanding municipal corn coordinator respectively, while agricultural technologists Ronan Tumbaga of Bantay and Oliver Quidangen of Burgos, Ilocos Sur were recognized as outstanding agricultural extension workers.
The province was awarded the same title last year at Clark, Pampanga for having an outstanding high grade corn produce with an average yield increment of 2.24 %. This year, in the random sampling made by the evaluators from the DA, the quality of the corn produce in the province is premium grade. Gov Ryan said that this back to back award is a great achievement which was realized through the strong support of the provincial government, the Department of Agriculture and the Local Government Units and also not to discount the great performance demonstrated by the farmer's sector.
His administration has initiated different programs since he assumed office to increase the production and raise the quality of corn seeds planted in farmlands. These include production support, provision of farm implements, irrigation and water system, farm machinery extension and training support, and even marketing support that lead to high quality corn produce. “This is again a success of our province but it is also a challenge to us on how to sustain and even improve the corn industry. The cash prize we received last year will aid the farmers in their post-production through the purchased hauling trucks.
This year’s award will again be allotted to them but we will let our farmers decide of the kind of projects that would benefit them.” Gov. Ryan added. A plaque was given to the Province aside from the three million pesos cash prize handed by the Department of Agriculture National Officials.