• Gov. Marcos extols the leadership of the late Vice Mayor Fariñas defining him as a real leader of Laoag City

PROV’L CAPITOL, Laoag City — Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has expressed condolence to the bereaved family of the late Laoag City Vice Mayor Michael V. Fariñas, who passed away on Wednesday afternoon, June 6, due to a vehicular self-accident along the unfinished bypass road at Brgy. 55-C Vira this city.

Fariñas, 52, served as mayor of Laoag City for three terms before he became the vice mayor.
He first joined the government service as elected barangay chairman and eventually became the president of the city’s ABC (Association of Barangay Captains).

He is survived by his widow, Laoag City Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, and three children: John Michael, Mary Michelle Louise, and Michelle Friedrich Therese.

“He was a real leader of Laoag City, and his contributions to the city development will never be forgotten,” she added.

During his term as chairman of Barangay 16 located in the city business district, he established an effective revenue collection scheme, a system that is now being implemented by the city government.
He also initiated complete illumination of his barangay, which he likewise implemented when he became the city mayor, thus lowering crime rate and increasing crime solution efficiency during his term.

As vice mayor, he was a recipient of the Most Outstanding Local Legislator Award by Superbrands Marketing Inc.

“We extend our prayers and condolences to Mayor Chevylle, Jamie, Mikee, and Motmot. I’m hopeful that the Fariñases will find peace and be assuaged in their grief by prayer and our best wishes,” the governor further said.

She assured that, “kung may maitutulong ang Kapitolyo o ang pamilya namin, syempre handang-handa naman kami.” (PGIN-CMO)