Gov Marcos urges: "INspire or expire" in prov'l human capital dev't


Mar. 13, 2017 ...

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos highlighted the importance of establishing a strong cultural identity for better human capital development during her speech at the Asia CEO Forum last March 8.

She described Ilocanos as hardworking and flinty in nature, enumerating respected individuals including the painter Juan Luna and his brother General Antonio; Josefa Llanes Escoda, founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines; the priest Gregorio Aglipay, founder of the Iglesia Filipiniana Independiente (IFI); and the Ilocanos in NASA's aerospace proram.

Such a heroic legacy was revived as the Provincial Government intensified efforts to strengthen historical awareness and pride in cultural heritage among Ilocano youth through projects like the Sirib Mile in Laoag City and the annual Sirib Awards which aims to recognize present-day youth who bring honor to the province.

"Pride in our history inspired us and gave everyone new confidence," she added, highlighting the Provincial Government's recent achievement in being the first ISO 9001:2015-certified province, from tax collection front-liners and provincial hospitals to the small municipalities making up the Ilocano Cordilleras.

Meanwhile, she emphasized that as a province thriving on agriculture, Ilocanos are inspired by nature which then drives forward programs in cultural and ecological preservation.

Recently she had intensified the province's commitment to banning both black sand-mining and coal-fired plants, in exchange promoting renewable energy, sustainable resources, and resilient agriculture.

"INspire. Make good by doing good... Investors can truly save the planet," she said.