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Ilocos Norte Press Release

August 11, 2015

Gov. Imee Marcos prides for transformed Ilocos Norte, successful


Ilocanos on SOPA 2015
Governor Imee Marcos proudly announced a newly transformed Ilocos Norte, citing
stories of various Ilocanos who have felt remarkable progress in their lives during
her fifth State of the Province Address (SOPA) held at the Ilocos Norte Centennial
Arena on August 10, 2015.
According to Gov. Marcos, Ilocos Norte is one of the few provinces to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set by the United Nations Development
Programme this year.
MDG is a worldwide movement adopted by the Provincial Government of Ilocos
Norte (PGIN) which aimed to significantly reduce, if not decisively eradicate,
extreme poverty.
We have done what we set out to do, exceeding poverty, employment, education,
maternal health, and reforestation. From the alarming increase in poverty in 2010
(at 28%), poverty has now fallen to a record of 8.4%, Gov. Marcos said.
According to her, progress in the province began with the transformation of the
Capitol itself from a dark, filthy building into a tourist-friendly structure.
Ang pag-asenso ng Ilocos Norte (ay) unang nakita sa Kapitolyo. Dati madungis at
madilim, ngayon walang tigil ang mga taong magpa-selfie sa harapan! Inaaway pa
ako pag pinapatay ang fountain! she quipped.
Gov. Marcos added that (the) provincial income has doubled to P1.42 billion today,
from a mere P739 million in 2010. More significantly, our self-generated income is
now P319,541,427.
With its strengthened governance, PGIN has maintained its ISO 9001 Certification,
now including tiny municipalities and remote extension hospitals. ISO ti
International Standard para iti naurnos ken nadalus a panangidaulo, she added.
She then highlighted the improvements of PGIN frontline services especially on
health, education, jobs and livelihood as well as the remarkable developments in all
sectorsfrom transportation, peace and order, infrastructure, tourism, agriculture
and environment.
Today, ours is a strong transitional economy, growing rapidly at 16.7%. With betterplanned education, improving public health and social services, our human
development index remains high and Ilocanos consistently outlive other Filipinos
by 6 years, an average 75 years old, she stated.
She also cited the upcoming projects and developments of her administration
starting from the partnership with Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leading multinational
engineering and design firm, to masterplan an integrated system of traffic
management (and) signaling pedestrian facilities.
The province is also building new tourism infrastructures to cater to the growing
industry which has multiplied into 380.64% in the past two years.
A Cultural Policy Ordinance will be enacted to further protect, develop and promote
the cultural heritage of Ilocos Norte as a primary driver of growth, opportunity,
livelihood and development.
Social services will also be improved through the establishment of a Womens
Charter and organization of Senior Citizens into active Office for Senior Citizens
Affairs and Federated Senior Citizens Association Groups.
Goodbye kurapay! for Ilocanos

Ilocos Norte Press Release


August 11, 2015

Gov. Marcos said the ordinary and extraordinary people building our province
anew are the Ilocanos whose lives have been meaningfully transformed for the
past five years.
Goodbye kurapay! (Goodbye poverty!) said Gov. Marcos as she recounted such
stories of transformation.
Bonifacio Aga, a beneficiary of PGINs Self-Employment Assistance Program,
attested the efficiency of the present administration. From being a small time trader
of scrap materials, he became a wholesaler to a major business establishment in
the provinceafter borrowing a certain amount from the program.
The SOPA also featured stories of various people who exemplified Ilocano talent,
creativity, boldness and solidarity.
Among them are SEA Games Gold Medalist and Chess Champion Mhage Sebastian,
National Most Outstanding Police of 2015 SPO1 Joy Manuela, famous web designer
Vince Canlapan.
Ngem ti importante ket ti panagsisinnakittayo iti panawen ti rigat. Uray adu a
dadakkel a proyektom no saanmo nga ammo ti mangisakit. Uray babassit a
proyekto no dumanon a sapasap, Gov. Marcos emphasized.
(Whats important is our concern for everyone during hard times. Big projects do not
make impacts if you do not know how to care. But small projects matter most when
it benefits everyone, Gov. Marcos emphasized.)
Timpuyog ti baro nga Ilocos Norte
While assuring sustainable progress in Ilocos Norte, Gov. Marcos asked for a
continuing cooperation and collaboration in all sectors of the province by launching
the newest provincial slogan Timpuyog ti baro nga Ilocos Norte.
According to Gov. Marcos, timpuyog, an Ilocano term for unity, was the foundation
of Ilocos Norte which helped rebuild the province anew in the past five years.
She added that timpuyog or the endless network of communities is the most
important key to achieving future goals of the province.
Ti timpuyog maipakitatayo babaen ti pannakibinnulig. Ti ugali nga uray dikay
agga-ammo ket no makita a marigatanka ket tulongan a kas pagayam. Amin ket
kailian nga Ilocano, pakairamanan dagiti mangidadaulo kadatayo ken opisiales iti
barangay, she asserted.
(Unity is seen through cooperation and recognizing that everyone who needs help
is a friend. Everyone here is an Ilocano, including our leaders and barangay
officials, she asserted.)
In order to achieve the visions for the province, Gov. Marcos highlighted that
everyone must have the sincerity to serve, referring to the Marcos Magic which is
inherent to every Ilocano.
Timpuyog! Let us honor the great Ilocano community, let us celebrate the new
Ilocano! said Gov. Marcos as she concluded her 61-minute speech.Jennifer T.
Pambid, PGIN-CMO