LAOAG CITY — Taking cue from President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s expected simple inaugural rites, newly elected provincial and municipal officials here took their oath in simplest way possible at the Plaza Del Norte Hotel and Convention Center on Tuesday, June 28.
Attended by over 200 local officials led by Congresswoman Imelda Marcos of the second district of Ilocos Norte in her baby pink Filipiniana dress, the stage was neatly arranged with no lavish decors except for the red carpet and a minimalist design of fresh white flowers that highlights the center stage with the provincial government logo.
Unlike previous inaugural ceremonies that comes with a wide selection of food menu on a buffet table, a simple merienda was served exclusive for those on the VIP tables.
In her six-minute speech, reelected Gov. Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos thanked Ilocanos for their overwhelming support since she ran for office last 2010 and expressed her keenness to sustain progress in all sectors of the province.
Highlighting the efforts of her administration to address the challenges and improve the quality of Ilocano lives for the past six years, she said that her third and last term will focus on enhancing health care for senior citizens and providing free education for the youth, among others.
Under Marcos’ leadership, Ilocos Norte gained several recognitions in different sectors including agriculture, peace and security, education, social welfare and development, and infrastructure.
“Sabi ni Apo Digong Duterte, ‘change is coming’ at hindi tayo magpapahuli dito sa Ilocos Norte…Bigyan natin ng pansin ang mga sektor na nakakalimutan—ang mga PWD at may kapansanan, IP natin o indigenous people, at forever minamahal, ang ating señoritas and señoritos, ang mga senior citizens! Change is coming, at dapat hindi barya-barya ang tulong dito sa Ilocos Norte,” Marcos said.
She also assured of growth both in the urban and rural areas of the province, as well as service that is all-encompassing: “Paspas Dur-as, tulong a nadardaras, awan labas!” (Rapid development, efficient service that is all encompassing!)
As she is now on her third and final term as governor, she called for a continuing unity among Ilocanos.
“Intay’ itultuloy ti agdindinamag a timpuyog ni Ilocano tapno magun-od tayo iti panagdur-as! (Let us continue exercising the well-known Ilocano unity in order for us to attain progress!),” she said. PNA/northboundasia.com