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 »


Sarrat, Ilocos NorteAbout the Seal

Monument (Black and White in Red Background), symbolizes  the heroism of the Saratenos in 1899 during their struggle against the Americans led by Capitan Jose Ver using bamboos and bolos while the enemies were using Remington rifles.

Rice Stalks, Tobacco, Garlic (Yellow in Green Background), the main source of livelihood of the farmers, representing the chief agricultural product of the municipality

Red, stands for bravery

Green, stands for abundance

Yellow, symbolizes prosperity

Brief History

Sarrat is also known as San Miguel de Sarrat, is bounded on the north by Vintar, on the east by Dingras, on the south by Batac, and on the west by San Nicolas and Laoag. It is located on a sandy and hilly land by the right bank of the Laoag river. It has a land area of 57.39 square kilometers, and a population of 21, 301 in 1995.

The town was formerly named San Miguel de Cuning. Cuning is a saffron which used to be harvested abundantly in the region.

During the sixteenth century, Sarrat was formerly named Cabayugan by its first settlers, Minagel (Maingel) Bangat, his wife Sarah and more than a dozen families. However, it was later changed to San Miguel when the Augustinians erected their parish in 1724. Coincidentally, it gained its township’s status on September 29, 1724. In 1916, in accordance with a bill filed by Senators Santiago Fonancier and Isabelo delos Reyes, the name San Miguel was changed to what is now known as Sarrat.

The town’s history is largely written in lood. Its people actively participated during the wine controversy of 1807 which led to revolt. In 1815, the town rose in arms during the Sarrat Rebelion. This was caused by the nullification of the liberal Spanish Constitution of 1812 by the reactionary King Ferdinand VII.

When the Filipino war of independence against the American broke out, 500 men braved the strongly fortified town of Laoag to denounce American sovereignty. This event is immortalized in a colorful Sarrat Heroes Monument erected by then Mayor G. Jesus B. Ruiz.

Sarrat’s economy is basically agricultural. Rice is harvested regurlarly and abundantly. It also produces corn, sugarcane, garlic, tobacco, peanut, vegetables and fruits. Cotton is also grown and used in weaving fine cloth. A tomato paste industry of the Northern Food Corporation thrives in the municipality.

The Sarratenos are known as friendly, hospitable and hardworking people. They share a feeling of kinship that transcends social, educational and economic status.

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