Ilocos Norte

Provincial Vision

Narimat nga arapaap, intay’ amin maragpat!

(A brighter future, we can all achieve!)

Provincial Mission

Sapasap a salun-at

(Accessible healthcare for all)

Narimat nga aglawlaw

(A brighter environment)

Agtultuloy nga tulong para mannalon ken mangngalap

(Continuing assistance to farmers and fisherfolks)

Naurnos a transportasion

(Organized transportation)

Adadu a pagpuonan ken naruay a panggedan

(More investments and jobs)

Ilocos Norte Brief History

    Long before the coming of the Spaniards, there already existed an extensive region consisting of the present provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra and La Union) renowned for its gold mines. Merchants from Japan and China would often visit the area to trade gold with beads, ceramics and silk. The inhabitants of the region, believed to be of Malay origin, called their place “samtoy”, from “sao mi toy, which literally meant “our language”.


    In 1571, when the Spanish conquistadors had Manila more or less under their control, they began looking for new sites to conquer. Legaspi’s grandson, Juan de Salcedo, volunteered to lead one of these expeditions. Together with 8 armed boats and 45 men, the 22 year old voyager headed north.

    On June 13, 1572, Salcedo and his men landed in Vigan and then proceeded towards Laoag, Currimao and Badoc. As they sailed along the coast, they were surprised to see numerous sheltered coves (“looc”) where the locals lived in harmony. As a result, they named the region “Ylocos” and its people “Ylocanos”.


    As the Christianization of the region grew, so did the landscape of the area. Vast tracks of land were utilized for churches and bell towers in line with the Spanish mission of “bajo las campanas”. In the town plaza, it was not uncommon to see garrisons under the church bells. The colonization process was slowly being carried out.

    The Spanish colonization of the region, however, was never completely successful. Owing to the abusive practices of many Augustinian friars, a number of Ilocanos revolted against their colonizers. Noteworthy of these were the Dingras uprising (1589) and Pedro Almasan revolt (San Nicolas, 1660). In 1762, Diego Silang led a series of battles aimed at freeing the Ilocanos from the Spanish yoke. When he died from an assassin’s bullet, his widow Gabriela continued the cause. Unfortunately, she too was captured and hanged. In 1807, the sugar cane (“basi”) brewers of Piddig rose up in arms to protest the government’s monopoly of the wine industry. In 1898, the church excommunicated Gregorio Aglipay for refusing to cut off ties with the revolutionary forces of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Unperturbed, he established the “Iglesia Filipina Independiente”. Aglipay’s movement and the national sentiment it espoused helped restore the self-respect of many Filipinos.

    “The great increase in population from 1715 to 1818 from 18,980 to 282,845 made the administration of the province very difficult. Due to the excessive monopolies and forced labor, there were several uprisings: first by the people of Dingras in 1589; one that was led by Pedro Almazan in 1616; the revolt of Diego Silang in 1762-1763; by Ambaristo in 1788; by Pedro Mateo in 1808 and uprising of Sarrat in 1815. For this reason, the division of the Ilocos into two provinces was recommended by the local authorities. On February 2, 1818, a Spanish Royal Decree was promulgated dividing the Province of Ilocos Norte from Ilocos Sur. Laoag City, which was then the biggest center of population, was made the capital of Ilocos Norte.”

Departments and Offices

Office of the Governor

Head: Gov. Matthew J. Marcos Manotoc

2nd Floor Provincial Capitol Building East Wing

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc 131

(77) 770-3966 | 772–1772

Records Section

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc 133 |

All letters addressed to the governor are received at the Receiving Section, 2nd Floor Capitol Building Inner Lobby. For more information please refer to the citizens charter.

Vice Governor Office

Head: Hon. Cecilia A. Marcos

+63 (77) 772-1211 loc. 163 | 670-0485
FB Page: Cecilia Araneta Marcos

Sangguniang Panlalawigan Secretariat

Head: Mildred Nirmla R. Lamoste

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 155

Provincial Administrator's Office

Head: Atty. Yvette C. Leynes

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 111
FB Page: Provincial Administrator's Office

Provincial Legal Office

Head: Atty. Erme S. Labayog

+63 (77) 772-1211 loc. 142

HRMO - Human Resource and Management Office

Head: FE P. Siazon

+63 (77) 772-1211 loc. 110

Provincial Treasury Office

Head: Josephine D. Calajate

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 160 and 161

Provincial Accounting Office

Head: Mercedes R. Ramos

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 106 and 107

Provincial Budget Office

Head: Leah F. Blas

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 117

PSWDO - Prov'l Social Welfare and Dev't Office

Head: Rochelle C. Gajes

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 146 and 145

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC)

Head: Mr. Marcell Tabije

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc 151

In case of emergency please call 911

PPDO - Prov'l Planning and Dev't Office

Head: Engr. Pedro S. Agcaoili Jr.

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 151

PEO - Prov'l Engineering Office

Head: Engr. Luciano G. Domingo Jr.


Tourism Office

Head: Mx.Ianree B. Raquel

+63 (77) 772- 1212 loc. 156 | +63 (77) 770-4242 | |

Communications and Media Office

Head: Gervy James Gumarit

+63 (77) 77-300-9214

Information Technology Office

OIC: Wilfredo B. Lorenzo Jr

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 136

Web Admin

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 138

GSO - General Services Office

Head: Miriam D. Ranchez

+63 (77) 772-1213 loc. 127 and 128

PDRRMO - Prov'l Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Office

Head: Marcel N. Tabije

+63 (77) 772-1211 loc. 119 | +63 963 859 9555
FB Page: IlocosNortePdrrmc

OBA - Office of Barangay Affairs

Head: Aleth Claire H. Policarpio

+63 (77) 772-1214

MINC - Metro Ilocos Norte Council

Head: Atty. Athena Nicolette A. Pilar

+63 (77) 772-1211 loc. 166 | +63 915 586 9422
FB Page: metro Ilocos Norte Council

PGIN-ENRO - Environment and Natural Resources Office

Head: Mary Gail N. Killa

INPJ - Ilocos Norte Provincial Jail

Head: Benilda P. Sadian

FB Page: Ilocos Norte Provincial Jail

PASS - Prov'l Assessor's Office

Head: Elmer Castillo

CMO - Communications and Media Office

Head: Gervy James N. Gumarit


IHUB - Provincial Library

Head: Eric J. Coloma

FB Page: Ilocos Norte Provincial Library

INYDO - Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office

Head: Willy Jake B. Sib-At

FB Page: Sirib Express

Provincial Education Office

Head: Dr. Dany P. Daquioag

FB Page: PGIN Education Office

Ilocos Norte Sports Development Office

Head: Helen Rose Molina-Domingo

(07 7) 774-1954 |

GAD - Gender and Development Office

Head: Janet Lucia A. London


OPAG - Office of the Prov'l Agriculturist

Head: Ma. Teresa L. Bacnat

FB Page:Ilocos Norte Provincial Agriculture

Provincial Veterinary Office

Head: Loida M. Valenzuela, DVM


SDC - Sustainable Development Center

Head: Luzviminda L. Ortal


Head: Rona Leigh C. Bueno

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 112

INVEST Ilocos Norte

PESO - Public Employment and Services Office

Head: Anne Marie Lizette B. Atuan

+63 (77) 772-1211 loc. 152 | +63 910 664 0305

FB Page: Provincial Peso Ilocos Norte

SMEO - Small and Medium Enterprise Office

Head: Elma O. Gabriel

+63 (77) 772-1212 loc. 125 | +63 909 766 8715
FB Page: Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Office - SMEO

PHO - Prov'l Health Office

Head: Dra. Josephine A. Ruedas


Bangui District Hospital

Head: Dr. Elvin Chester S. Alcoriza

FB Page: Bangui District Hospital

Dingras District Hospital

Head: Dr. Roland . Andres


GRBASMH - Gov. Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital

Head: Dr. Roberto Y. Labontog


Marcos District Hospital

Head: Ruth Ann R. Corpuz


Piddig District Hospital

Head: Dra. Chona Stella F. Rabang

676-1406 | 600-3323
FB Page: Piddig District Hospital

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