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Ending the year with new beginnings Yearend usually brings a rundown of previous achievements that mark the end of a productive year. Ilocos Norte, however, is marking the end of 2011 with a parade of fresh private and government-initiated investments as a prelude to brighter business climate come 2012. Consider these: Commercial structures around the capital city of Laoag have sprouted like mushrooms from SM's Savemore Store, the La Tabacalera business complex courtesy of the provincial government and a couple of business centers in downtown Laoag indicating an upbeat economy in the coming days. Giant mall chain Robinsons has outran its competition when it built its first full-service mall in San Nicolas town in 2009. Housed inside the sprawling Valdez Center in San Nicolas town, Robinsons is complemented by a homegrown commercial joint, the 365 Plaza, a family enterprise of the Valdez clan that include San Nicolas Mayor Alfredo Valdez, Jr. Waiting in the wings is a flood of businesses from yet another store chain Puregold, Wilcon household depot and realty projects namely Robinsons Land Development Corporation and Camella Homes. Ilocos Norte's investment efforts form part of a larger road map under the Philippine Development Plan that President Benigno Aquino III laid down for the next five years from 2011 to 2016. To support the plan, regional growth centers across the country came out with their own Regional Development Plans to synchronize national and local development plans. Considering the volley of businesses in December alone, Ilocos Norte is off to a head start. The province is clearly building its position as one of the key trading and tourism hubs in Northern Luzon. Consistent with the Ilocos Regional Development Plan strategies, the province is taking advantage of its proximity to both East and Southeast Asian countries as a leverage to establish priority investment areas from agribusiness, agri-tourism, business process outsourcing, logistics and, of course, tourism. Not to be outdone, the capital city of Laoag is complementing the province's efforts in sustaining large-scale businesses by accommodating new private business ventures. Next to SM SaveMore is the establishment of Puregold Supermart in downtown Laoag and a new branch of Wilcon depot, the home of the biggest industrial and household supplies. Talks of the entry of SM mall in the near future has not ceased after the opening of SaveMore last December 13. Amidst the drone generated by economic activities, the province is not losing its charm as a community replete of rich cultural heritage where every Ilocano from here and far could always take pride as their best kept secret. Frank Cimatu, PDI - North Luzon Bureau

Cristina Arzadon, PIA-1

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Lantern parade and Walking Christmas Decoration Competition participated by barangay mates and pupils at Laoag City

Media fellowship with Cagayan media practitioners sponsored by the Provincial Government of Cagayan, Kainang Pilipino at Tuguegarao City

"Cruceiro: Spanish Galicia at some Crossroads in Philippine History and Culture" authored by Lino Dizon, a Kapampangan, and Jose Rodriguez, a spanish. Held at Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Pampanga

"PARTY IN THE RUINS" - Christmas Party of the students of Dominican Elementary School at the Dominican Heritage Hill hosted by the the Baguio Character Council and city officials (photo by Paul Rillorta, PIO Baguio City)


s c i t s i t a t S by: BAS/DA

Ilocos Norte Crime Statistics

National Statistical Coordination Board

Dec. 12

7:30 am

Dec. 12

8:00 am

TV Program over Iloco Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Issue lang walang personalan” Infocen's “Morning heritage Channel (IHC) 16Dec.12/ 8:00 amIlocos Norte Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Laoag City Staff MeetingDec. 12/ 2:00 pmVigan City

Council Session

Dec. 12

Sangguniang Panlungsod (Pangasinan) Regular SessionDec. Sectoral Committee on Environment Meeting

Dec. 12

RDC- Initiated LGU Best Practices Validation in Laoag


7:30 am

Dec.12 Dec. 13

Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Issue lang walang personalan” Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16

Dec. 13 Dec 13

over SKYCABLE Ilocos Norte Infocen's “Morning Sky” Television Program

8:00 am

Bagnet Festival in Narvacan, Ilocos Su Pangasinan Infocen's hh “Pantongtongan Tayo” Radio

2:00 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm


Ilocos Sur's Board Member Regular Session DWFB Ilocos Norte Infocen's “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over

7:30 am 8:00 am 8:00 am

La Union Infocen's HDMF Fund Coordinator Meeting

11:30 am

AREX Program/Induction of Officers at Hotel Ariana,

Dec. 14

3:00 pm

Dec. 15


Dec. 15

3:00 pm

over Iloco heritage

Ilocos Norte Infocen's “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Issue lang walang personalan” Channel (IHC) 16

DWFB Ilocos Norte Infocen's “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over

Dec. 17

over SKYCABLE Ilocos Norte Infocen's “Morning Sky” Television Program Pangasinan Infocen's Media in Action Forum RDC- Initiated LGU Best Practices Validation in Laoag

8:00 am

Dec. 17

12:30 pm

Dec. 18

8:00 am

Orientation/Consultative Meeting on the renewed campaign in preventing fireworks-related injuries, DOH Conference Hall, Carig, Tuguegarao City.

December 14, 8:30AM RGIN-TWG workshop, NEDA, Tug. City December 14

31st Pag-Ibig Fund anniversary, turn-over of the 28 computer units to selected public elem. school

December 15-17

DepEd Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) Elementary and Secondary, Gattaran, Cagayan. RD Licas as evaluator on News Writing, Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, and Copy and Headline Writing.

December 16

Christmas Party with Nueva Vizcaya Press Club

December 16, 9AM

Forum on Free Trade Agreements dubbed as “Doing Business in Free Trade Areas I-Market Approach”, Brickstone Mall, Tuguegarao City.

December 20

Regional OTOP Fiesta Trade Fair, Theme: “Proud Ako Sa OTOP Ko…Kaagapay Ko Ito” Brickstone Mall, Tug. City


Sur Infocen's “Issue Pangasinan Infocen's KBP ForumDec. 16/ 7:30 amIlocos Channel (IHC) 16 lang walang personalan” TV Program over Iloco heritage

Dec. 16

DTI – One Town One Product (OTOP) meeting, DTI Cagayan

December 14, 8AM

over SKYCABLE Ilocos Norte Infocen's “Morning Sky” Television Program

Dec. 15

Dec. 16

December 13, 9AM


TV Program over Iloco heritage

RDC- Initiated LGU Best Practices Validation in Ilocos

8:00 am

Regional Population Executive Board (RPEB) Regional Inter-Collegiate Population Debate, Crown Hotel, Tug. City

Bauang, La Union

Dec. 15


December 12, 1PM

over SKYCABLE Ilocos Norte Infocen's “Morning Sky” Television Program

Dec. 14

8:00 am

Regional Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee 4th Quarter Meeting, DENR, Tug. City

in Santol, La Union

TV Program Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Issue lang walang personalan” Channel (IHC) 16

Dec. 14


Program over DZMQ

December 12, 1PM

Sangguniang Panlungsod (Vigan City) Regular Session

RDC- Initiated LGU Best Practices Validation in Laoag

Dec.13 Dec. 14

TV Program over

8:00 am

rDec.13 Dec. 13

12/2:00 pmRDC

in Pangasinan

San Fernando City Diocese Spearhead Annual Celebration

December 20, 8:30 am Regional Nutrition Committee 4th quarter meeting, Kainang Pilipino Tug. City December 21, 9am

Every Monday - Cover- Isabela Sangguniang Panlalawigan session

of the OFW Family day

DZTP Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Arimbangaw” Radio Program over Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Nia't Makunam Kaillian Radio Program

Regional Risk Reduction and Management Council 2 4th quarter meeting, Ivory Hotel, Tug. City

Every Tuesday

over DWRS

- Tipon-Tipan sa PIA, 9-10 am - Tungtongan Ti Tribu Biskayano, 2 pm

3 Dec 12 Dec 15

Dec 16 Dec 16

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Dec 15

Dec 16

Dec 18

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111th Itogon Foundation


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