Councilor Agdamag-Lim: Vigan is safe as tourist destination

VIGAN CITY – All’s right, so a councilor says.

Vigan City Councilor Kisses Marquisse Agdamag-Lim assured everyone, particularly tourists and visitors, that Vigan Heritage City “is safe” in view of the earthquake that hit Itbayat, Batanes where a twin earthquake at 5. 4 and 5.9 magnitude killed 9 people and injuring more than 100 last July 27.

She chairs the City Council Committees on Tourism, Trade and Industry and the City Conservation Council.

In a Kapihan Iti Amianan interview with the Ilocos Sur Integrated Press (ISIP) over the weekend, Agdamag said that the old houses there at the Heritage Village are regularly inspected by the City Engineering office.

“We use a machine to inspect the houses. If these houses are found out to be sagging already, we recommend immediate renovation to strengthen these houses,” she said.

She compared Batanes and Vigan City as having different situations.

“Batanes houses are made up of stones but here in Vigan City, the houses are made of bricks and their foundations are very thick. That’s why I can assure our people that everything here is safe. They don’t need to worry because as chairman of the Vigan Conservation Council, we regularly inspect these old houses,” she said.

Among the city ordinances which she authored are the Candy Ordinance requiring all business establishments to give the monetary change of paying customers instead of candies as change and the Tattoo Piercing Ordinance to safeguard the health of the people.

Agdamag-Lim, who is now in her last and final term as a city councilor, is the granddaughter of former Vigan Mayor Priscillo Agdamag and the daughter of former City Councilor Audie Agdamag. A Political Science graduate at the University of Sto. Tomas, she is considered as the most vocal among the city councilors and with the most number of resolutions passed in the city council. ●