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. More »

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

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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 in the Madungan dam was washed out, Governor Marcos revealed today that portions of the Sabo dam in Nueva Era were totally destroyed.

“Yung Sabo dam (in Nueva Era), parang nabuksan na ilog, wasak na wasak mula tuktok hanggang ibaba. Kahapon nakita natin yung (Madungan dam) in Solsona at Dingras na ang downstream section ay tumba lahat,” added Governor Marcos.

‘RAKENROL’ musical play to highlight Marcos Fiesta celebration

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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 it, is a story about “love and appreciating our past events.”

The play will take the audience on an immersive musical journey to the 1970s, a decade when ‘Manila Sound’ flourished and considered to shape the modern music scene in the country.

An original song entitled ‘Rakenrol’ composed by acclaimed Filipino novelty composer Mr. Dennis Castillo will be highlighted during the play together with hit songs by Hotdog, Juan dela Cruz, Freddie Aguilar, Labuyo, VST, and Rico J. Puno,

Dela Cruz explained that ‘RAKENROL’ is “not purely entertainment” as “just like the rock and roll genre of music which is characterized as hard and strong, the musical represents the strength and perseverance of Ilocanos.”

Last July, the provincial government conducted a series of role auditions which were attended by several Ilocano youth.

John Lennon Simisim and Winchelle Rumbaoa of Mariano Marcos State University were cast to play as the main characters Martin and Yolly, respectively.

“RAKENROL is new for the Ilocanos. Behind it is a real story and we integrated in the play the three elements of theater which are acting, singing and dancing. Details suiting the Ilocano audiences have been also added,” revealed dela Cruz.

Last year, the Marcos Fiesta celebration was highlighted by a theatrical performance and choreographed dances portraying the milestones of President Marcos’ life.

When asked about the potential of Ilocos Norte in the field of theater and musical play, dela Cruz said that “the province has a promising future when it comes to this form of art as Ilocanos are very creative and competitive.”

“Gradually, when we invest in more time to expose Ilocanos in the proper process of creating this art, we will not only stage musical plays but also revive and strengthen the Zarzuela and Comedia Ilocana,” dela Cruz added.

Governor Imee R. Marcos is keen on developing the talents of Ilocanos in acting, directing, choreography and production design through the “Looking for Johnny Moon Workshop,” a flagship arts’ program of the provincial government.

Meanwhile, the musical play will also showcase the brilliant collaborative efforts of talented Ilocanos: the director Jeremy dela Cruz, a faculty of the University of the Philippines, hails from Batac, the choreographer Rowell Tagatac works at Mariano Marcos State University with Sherberk F. Cabrales of the internationally acclaimed Samiweng Singers serving as vocal coach.

“I know it is difficult to produce this musical play in a short span of time but with the patience and extraordinary talents of the local artists, we can produce one with quality,” noted dela Cruz.—John Michael Mugas, PGIN-CMO

Ilocos Norte’s youth program wins Galing Pook Awards 2015

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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 presenting PGIN’s winning entry at the SMX Convention Center of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

On September 1, 2015, Ilocos Norte was conferred the Galing Pook Award 2015 plaque and a P100,000 check.

Galing Pook Awards is an annual search for best local governance programs nationwide spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government with its partner advocates of good governance from the academe, civil society and the government.

Winning entries are judged based on positive results and impacts (30%), promotion of people’s participation and empowerment (30%), innovation (15%), transferability and sustainability (15%) and efficiency of program service delivery (10%).

PGIN’s program entry, Sirib Express, was primarily created in 2013 to provide assistance to students, out-of-school youth and job-seeking graduates.

Named after the Ilocano term “knowledge,” the program encourages full participation and involvement of the Ilocano youth in governance by providing them opportunities to interact and voice out public concerns that would contribute to the province’s development.

Sirib Express started as a roving one-stop shop which makes the frontline services of the Provincial Government more accessible to the youth, including educational scholarships, employment assistance, guidance counseling as well as various seminars and workshops.

Sirib Express has then evolved into a permanent Capitol department—the Sirib Youth Office—through Provincial Ordinance No. 039-2015.

According to Gov. Marcos, the set-up of the Sirib Youth Office in Ilocos Norte is parallel to the provisions of Senate Bill No. 2401 which mandates the creation of Local Youth Development Offices in provinces, cities and municipalities which will ensure the implementation of projects and programs formulated by the ‘reformed’ Sangguniang Kabataan and their Local Youth Development Council.

Different programs, projects and events for youth development were formulated based on consultation meetings with student and youth leaders such as Sirib Young Leaders Scholarship Program, Sirib Youth Awards and Sirib Leadership Camp.

Gov. Marcos also led the development of “Sirib Mile,” a community of schools in the university belt in order to create a “learning province” with various educational and recreational equipment offered to out-of-school youth and students for free.

Library and wi-fi services are also made available at the 38 new and refurbished Information Hubs in the province through the Provincial Education Department and Information Technology and Communications Department.

The Sirib Express Staff claims that the greatest impact of these youth development projects is the successful promotion of youth volunteerism through the establishment of the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA).

SIKA is a youth volunteer organization initiated and created by the Ilocano youth during their leadership camp last April 2014.

With over 5,000 members, the organization joins the Sirib Express in its regular municipal and university tours to further assess the needs and create opportunities especially for the out-of-school youth and indigents.

“SIKA members serve as our partners in good governance serving as volunteer event organizers, Paspas Dur-as! newsletter distributors, tour guides and partners in ensuring that programs of PGIN reach the grassroots,” said Provincial Information Officer June Arvin Gudoy.

Positive Impact

Gov. Marcos thanked the Sirib Express and SIKA for their laudable efforts as evident in the remarkable improvements on education, employment and well-being of the youth.

“Congratulations to Sirib and SIKA! In the past few years, we have made remarkable improvement in the students’ National Achievement Test results. Participation rate has also increased by 5 points and survival rate by 4 points. Enrolment rate also increased especially among the primary level,” she added.

In addition, Ilocos Norte share the highest employment rate in Region 1 at 95.26%—a percentage even higher than the national average in 2013.

The training of youth peer counselors has also led to the meaningful decline of suicide rate in the province.

“Maraming silbi ang Sirib Youth Office dahil hindi naman lihim na marami talagang problema ang kabataan. Yung Sirib (Express) naging pansamantalang pamilya ng mga kabataan at sana ay maging inspirasyon ito sa Sirib at SIKA para pagtibayin at palagiin ang kanilang ginagawa,” Gov. Marcos said.

As an advocate of youth involvement in governance and as former chairman of the Kabataang Barangay, Gov. Marcos believes that the enthusiasm of the Ilocano youth is what the province and country needs to achieve transformational growth.

Naniniwala ako na kayang-kaya pa rin ng kabataan ngayon na baguhin ang lipunan at himukin ang kanilang sariling kinabukasan. Let us march toward the dream of greatness. ’Yan ang ating panawagan—a huge challenge to make Ilocos Norte and our republic great again. To make the youth a moving force of society to transform what we have inherited to a deserving future,” Gov. Imee said during Sirib Express’ first year anniversary celebration.—Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO