LAOAG CITY – A new structure was unveiled by the provincial government of Ilocos Norte on February 8 in line with its program to put up a learning center in the university belt in this city.
The Sirib (local term for knowledge) Mile Project formally kicked off with the inauguration of an arch in front of Ilocos Norte National High School which serves as the gateway to the learning hub that straddles the university belt in this city.
An initiative of Governor Imee R. Marcos which was launched during Laoag City’s 47th charter day celebration last July 2012, the gateway is aimed to develop the university belt into Ilocos Norte’s one-stop learning center.
The learning hub traverses parts of Ablan Avenue going to INCAT, the Centennial Arena, Ilocos Norte National High School (INNHS), the Marcos Stadium, the Department of Education building, MMSU-CIT, and the Divine Word College of Laoag.
A master plan drafted by globally acclaimed architect Felino Palafox that transforms the university belt into a major learning hub in the province was also unveiled on this date.
Meanwhile, the I-Hub, shortcut for ‘Information Hub’, which is located beside Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena was also inaugurated on this day.
The I-Hub, a computer learning center where students can access the internet for free, has been expanded with 200 units of desktop computers and additional educational paraphernalia for research purposes.
A live entertainment, ‘I Love Ilocos Norte’ concert featuring stand-up comedian, Ate Gay, and the rock band, Draybers, capped the whole affair at 7:00 in the evening at Marcos Stadium. (With report from Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO)