Imee Marcos leads 'Big 3' groundbreaking

Jul 01, 2019 ...

The Province of Ilocos Norte has witnessed the start of new infrastructure development with the simultaneous groundbreaking ceremony of the "Big 3" infrastructure projects led by Senator Imee R. Marcos last June 28, a day before the formal inauguration of the new provincial, municipal and city officials.

Alongside Senator Marcos are 2nd District Representative Angelo Marcos Barba, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, Vice Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos, Laoag City Mayor Micheal Marcos Keon, Laoag City Vice Mayor Vicentito Lazo, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Executive Vice President Jose Gabino Dimayuga, and other officials.

The rehabilitation of Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium, redevelopment of Dap-ayan Center, and the expansion of the Provincial Capitol building, also known as "Big 3," are parts of Senator Marcos' master plan for Metro Ilocos. The estimated two billion pesos worth of infrastructure projects will be fulfilled under the new administration of Gov. Manotoc.

The groundbreaking and time capsule laying took place at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium, Dap-ayan Center, and the Capitol grounds, respectively. 

Sen. Imee: "Change indeed is here"

In her message, Senator Marcos assured her constituents they are in good hands with the new governance, saying, "Asahan niyo po na magbabago ang ihip ng hangin. Change is indeed here, and change will transform Ilocos Norte once again to a people-centered, student-invested, and learning-driven Capitol."

She further explained that the "aging" infrastructures in the province were created in the 1970s and these need to be replaced. 

"The Big 3 are our first big effort to modernize and upgrade what we already have. 'Yong Capitol expansion, alam natin na halos squatter na lamang yung ibang national offices kung saan-saaan sila nakasiksikKaya kailangan i-consolidate natin at pag-usapan kung papaano ipagkakasya sa isang building kung kinakailangan para at least malapitan na lamang kasi mahirap mag-coordinate sa iba't-ibang government offices kapag watak-watak," she remarked.  

The construction of the "Big 3" will kick-off after the finalization of the interior plan.

Gov. Manotoc asserts "new" brand of leadership

"I would like to reiterate my commitment to not just the continuity of our Senator's projects but to a certain adjustment or change, a certain level of newness which we will find together," Governor Manotoc shared in his acceptance speech during the simple Turnover Ceremony of the governorship right after the groundbreaking ceremony.

As mandated by the Department of the Interior and Local Governance (DILG), the Turnover Ceremony aims to create a transition of documents and records of the state of performance, state of development of the local government unit, as well as financial and other key concerns to the incoming administration.

According to Senator Marcos, Ilocos Norte is in the care of "more nurturing and more listening kind of leadership with a new emphasis in investing in youth, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities."

Also present at the Turnover Ceremony, former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. reassured service of the Marcos family to continue in the province. He extended his gratitude to the Ilocano community for the support and trust they have given to the new officials of the province and the city.

by Blessing Angel Agliam



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