LAOAG CITY – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos is among the ten governors who have been cited by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for their achievements in their provinces.
The top ten governors include Governors Imee Marcos of Ilocos Norte; Faustino Dy III, Isabela; Junie Cua, Quirino; Eduardo Firmalo, Romblon; Alfredo Marañon Jr, Negros Occidental; Eduardo Chatto, Bohol; Hilario Davide III, Cebu; Daisy Avance-Fuentes, South Cotabato; and Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, Agusan Del Norte.
In recognizing the ten governors, DILG Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno said they are selected based on their performance in their respective provinces.
“Containing the illegal drugs problem is only one thing. These governors are also model governors. They are governors in governance and transparency. They are awardees. They are good in disaster preparedness, and they have made their provinces competitive when it comes to business. They are model leaders, model local executives, ” Sueno said.
Sueno likewise revealed that the DILG will also recognize outstanding city and municipal mayors in the coming weeks.
He said that the idea of coming up with a list of top governors is intended to challenge and inspire the local chief executives to continue to improve leadership in the local government units (LGUs) despite the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs that are affecting some local leaders.
He said some of the governors were also among those that were labeled as members of the political dynasties but they have outweighed the issue of ‘political dynasty” and proved that they are ‘very good administrators.’
Meanwhile, Governor Marcos expressed her thanks to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and DILG for recognizing Ilocos Norte as one of the most peaceful places in the country.”
Last August 17, the PNP presented to Ilocos Norte a plaque of merit for being the Most Outstanding Local Government Unit during its 115th Police Service Anniversary.
The police here lauded Gov. Marcos’ efforts to pool development from the cultural and business sectors, and collaborating with them for a holistic approach to community security and progress in Ilocos Norte. Nartatez said that the INPPO, and barangay and civilian multiplier forces have been the key to their success versus the narco-trade.
In the past eight months, the average weekly street crime incidence in Ilocos Norte has fallen from 15 to seven, sometimes reaching as low as two in a week, according to the INPPO.
Nartatez said that these indicators led DILG to select Governor Marcos as one of the Top 10 performing governors in the country. (With report of Mizpah Grace G. Castro, PGIN-CMO)