Ilocos Norte re-elected Governor Imee R. Marcos formally took her oath of office during the inauguration ceremony held at Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center in Laoag City on Tuesday, June 30, 2016.
Over 200 Ilocos Norte newly-elected officials led by the governor, her mother re-elected Congresswoman Imelda Marcos (2nd district), her son Senior Sangguniang Panglalawigan member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, her cousin re-elected Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo Marcos Barba and her cousin SPm Mariano “Nonong” Marcos joined the mass oath-taking rites.
In her speech, Governor Marcos thanked the Ilocanos for their overwhelming support since the beginning when she ran for office last 2010 and expressed her keenness to sustain progress in all sectors of the province.
Highlighting the efforts of her administration to address the challenges and improve the quality of the Ilocanos lives for the past six years, she said that her next three years and last term will focus on enhancing health care for senior citizens (SCs), benefits for the Indigenous People (IPs) and Persons With Disability (PWDs) as well as providing free education for the youth, among others.
Under Governor Marcos’ leadership, the Province of Ilocos Norte gained several recognitions in different sectors including agriculture, peace and security, education, social welfare and development, and infrastructure.
Ilocos Norte was also cited by the National Statistical Coordination Board as one of the least poor provinces in the Philippines since 2013.
Governor Marcos’ commitment to public service was recognized by the Superbrands Marketing International Incorporated, an award-giving organization engaged in consumer and service products, when she was conferred the Most Outstanding Governorship Award for two consecutive years since 2015.
“Sabi ni Apo Digong Duterte, ‘change is coming’ at hindi tayo magpapahuli dito sa Ilocos Norte…Bigyan natin ng pansin ang mga sektor na nakakalimutan—ang mga PWD at may kapansanan, IP natin o indigenous people, at forever minamahal, ang ating señoritas and señoritos, ang mga senior citizens! Change is coming, at dapat hindi barya-barya ang tulong dito sa Ilocos Norte,” Governor Marcos emphasized.
She also assured of growth both in the urban and rural areas of the province, as well as service that is all-encompassing: “Paspas Dur-as, tulong a nadardaras, awan labas!” (Rapid development, efficient service that is all encompassing!)
Ending her nearly six-minute speech, Governor Marcos called for a continuing ‘timpuyog’ or unity among the Ilocanos.
“Intay’ itultuloy ti agdindinamag a timpuyog ni Ilocano tapno magun-od tayo iti panagdur-as!” (Let us continue exercising the well-known Ilocano unity in order for us to attain progress!)—(Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO)