By John Michael Mugas, PGIN-CMO
LAOAG CITY – For her outstanding performance in transforming Ilocos Norte into a progressive and sustainable province in the past five years, Governor Imee R. Marcos has been honored as one of the Outstanding Governorship Awardees of the Philippines for 2015.
The award, conferred by the Superbrands Marketing International Inc. (SMI), was received by Vice Governor Angelo Marcos-Barba on behalf of Governor Marcos during a ceremony held last October 28, 2015 at The City Club, Alpha Land Building, Makati City.
In his acceptance speech, Vice Governor Marcos-Barba said: “Under the leadership of Governor Marcos, Ilocos Norte is now one of the few provinces to achieve the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations Development Programme this year, successfully reducing the provincial poverty rate from 28% to 8.4%”.
Harry Tambuatco, President and CEO of SMI, said that the awardees were chosen after a thorough research about (the impact) of their achievement and projects.
SMI cited Marcos for “ensuring the rapid and inclusive development of the province” by launching in 2010 the provincial vision of “Pasingkedan ti Kinatan-ok ni Ilocano: Together, we can make Ilocos Norte great again!”
Following this, Ilocos Norte has been recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as the first full top-to-bottom ISO-certified province in the Philippines.
The provincial government of Ilocos Norte was also cited as one of the ten Galing Pook 2015 awardees for its flagship youth program “Sirib Express,” a proof of Governor Marcos’ continuing excellence in local governance.
“Now on its second year, the Outstanding Governorship Award is given to the governors who highly deserve it and we have embarked on this endeavor to acknowledge the efforts of our government officials for their extraordinary role in nation building,” added Tambuatco.—John Michael Mugas, PGIN-CMO#