MMSU wins FEM Intercollegiate Debate Tournament 2015

Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) – Batac emerged as champion after defeating Northern Christian College (NCC) in this year’s Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) Intercollegiate Debate Tournament held on September 16 at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium. The final round focused on the motion “This house believes that all public utility vehicles More »

Gov. Marcos, JICA conducts aerial inspection, seek for quick mobilization of dikes ravaged by typhoon ‘Ineng’

After conducting series of aerial inspections days after typhoon ‘Ineng’ hit the province, Governor Imee Marcos requested for further assessment of the damaged dike systems particularly of the Madongan Dam in Solsona and Sabo Dam in Nueva Era on September 10, 2015. The inspection team included Ms. Misaki Kawaguchi, Japan More »

PGIN estimates agriculture, infrastructure damage from ‘Ineng’ now at P 2 B

Agriculture and infrastructure damage in Ilocos Norte has now climbed up to more than P 2 billion after Typhoon ‘Ineng’ ravaged the province over the weekend, latest report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC) showed. Agriculture recorded an estimated P89 million worth of damage while More »

Governor Marcos continues aerial inspection, relief operation in far-flung areas ravaged by Typhoon ‘Ineng’

Aerial rounds in the far-flung municipalities of Nueva Era and Adams conducted by Governor Imee R. Marcos on August 28, Friday showed that more infrastructures were severely damaged after Typhoon ‘Ineng’ hit Ilocos Norte over the weekend. As the inspection yesterday showed that a great extent of the dike system More »

‘RAKENROL’ musical play to highlight Marcos Fiesta celebration

In celebration of President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ 98th birthday anniversary, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will produce for the first time a full-length musical play dubbed as ‘RAKENROL’ on September 11, 2015, 7:00 PM at Mariano Marcos State University’s Teatro Ilocandia, Batac. ‘RAKENROL’, as director Jeremy dela Cruz described More »

Ilocos Norte’s youth program wins Galing Pook Awards 2015

Proving its continuing excellence in local governance in the past few years, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) was cited as one of the ten Galing Pook 2015 awardees for its flagship youth program “Sirib Express.” Governor Imee Marcos led the capitol department heads and Sirib Express Staff in More »

Ilocos Norte set to celebrate Apo Lakay’s 98th birthday anniversary

Marking the 98th birthday anniversary of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos,—popularly known among Ilocanos as Apo Lakay—the Province of Ilocos Norte is set to conduct youth-engaging activities in honor of its favorite son starting this September 9. Da Real Makoy Literary and Musical Competition will open the weeklong celebration, a fitting More »

PGIN remains under red alert, more than 19,000 Ilocanos affected due to ‘Ineng’

Governor Imee R. Marcos ordered the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to stay on red alert as efforts are intensified for the safety and early recovery of the province from the devastation brought by Typhoon ‘Ineng’ in the province over the weekend. Prompting local government officials to place the More »

Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to typhoon Ineng

In the wake of the most recent typhoon ‘Ineng’ (international name: Goni), the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has declared Ilocos Norte under state of calamity following a total estimated worth of damages of Php 456,878,938.65 has been recorded as of August 23, 2015. According to the Provincial Disaster More »

Power cut off in entire Ilocos Norte due to ‘Ineng’

As Typhoon ‘Ineng’ downed electric transmission lines and toppled numerous electric poles, Governor Imee Marcos is appealing to the Department of Energy (DOE), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Energy Development Corporation-Burgos (EDC), North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC), Northwind and several power companies to help in the immediate More »

Ilocos Norte under state of calamity, seeks help for Typhoon ‘Ineng’ damages

After being declared under state of calamity on Saturday reporting a nearly P500 million damage to Ilocos Norte’s agriculture and infrastructure, the Provincial Government is seeking for immediate assistance from the national government to restore the damages caused by Typhoon Ineng which struck Northern Luzon on Thursday, August 20, 2015. More »

PGIN strengthens support to Ilocano farmers, launches KSK program

Over 50 Ilocano farmers will be undergoing a 12-week training on advanced agricultural technology as Governor Imee R. Marcos in partnership with SM Foundation launched the batch 94 of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) training program on July 15 at VL Farms, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. “We aim to upgrade More »

Investment Potentials

Why invest in Ilocos Norte?

  • Strategic location, with close access to Northern Asian Economies

Situated at the northernmost part of Luzon, Ilocos Norte is poised to be a major trade hub that will link North and Central Luzon to major Asian economies north of Philippines such as Taiwan, China, Hongkong, Japan, and South Korea. Its proximity to China, the second largest economy of the world, makes the province an excellent springboard and gateway for logistics.

  • Power quality and reliability of supply

With a 264-MW installed wind energy capacity by 2015, Ilocos Norte is the undisputed wind energy capital of the Philippines hosting the most number of wind turbines, thus ensuring the supply of quality and reliable power to industries. The Department of Energy has also approved wind projects with a potential energy capacity of 329 MW.

  • Powerhouse of foreign remittance inflows

With an estimated PHP 18B foreign remittance inflow to Ilocos Norte, the province is an excellent source of capital. Remittances have afforded greater spending power among Ilocanos and have paved the way for businesses both small and large to flourish.


  • All-weather road network, with 400-km National Road and 600-km Provincial Road


  • Intermodal Transport delivers access to the province via Laoag International Airport, Currimao Seaport, and various bus lines

Laoag International Airport’s daily flight routes bring Ilocos Norte closer to Manila and the world.  Flights are provided by the country’s leading air carriers – Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific – reaching the province is now more convenient than ever.

The Currimao seaport also serves a vital role in shipping and receiving goods in and out of the province.


  • Robust telecoms network for high-speed communications


Ilocos Norte has been installed with Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON) and it is equipped with redundant and fortified lines, which ensure fast and reliable telecommunications network.


  • Highly skilled and educated manpower


The Ilocanos’ regard for quality education is evident in the 99% provincial literacy rate. Globally-competitive schools engaged in higher learning, including technical and vocational courses assure the steady supply of competent and industrious human resources.


  • Excellent Peace and Order and 100% insurgency-free


Ilocos Norte is the most peaceful province in Northern Luzon. Crime clearance stands at 73%, solution at its highest at 59%.  The friendly and God-fearing populace, coupled with the country’s finest police force, transforms the province into a safe place ideal for investors who pursue optimum returns and a good quality of life.


  • Disaster-ready through pro-active local government leadership


To disaster-proof the province, Ilocos Norte launched a Provincial Resiliency Council that has broadened and deepened involvement of all sectors. Initiatives are in place such as prepositioned food, heavy equipment and medicines in newly-refurbished evacuation centers.

The province is also endowed with natural defense barriers against weather disturbances. Two mountain ranges east of the Ilocos Norte mitigate the impact of typhoons coming from the Pacific Ocean. Storm surges from the west, if there are any, are cushioned by the Laoag and Paoay Sand Dunes – the only sand dunes found in the country.


Preferred Investment Areas


  • Post Harvest Facilities
  • High-Value Crop Production
  • Fruit/Meat Processing
  • Feed Mill
  • Aquaculture

. Eco-Tourism

  • Heritage Crafts
  • Accommodation Facilities
  • Nature Parks/Mountain Resort
  • Transportation Services
  • Golf Course
  • Restaurants/Food Outlets
  • Retirement and Medical Tourism
  • Other Tourism-Related Services




  • Small-Scale Mining
  • Large-Scale Mining

Renewable Energies

  • Wind Power
  • Solar Energy
  • Bio-Mass
  • Hydro


  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Business Process Outsourcing
  • Media/Advertising
  • Medical Services/Facilities
  • Financial Services
  • Engineering/Architectural Services
  • Training and Sports Facilities
  • Human Resource Development i.e. as training facilities, educational institutions, etc.