Vigan's Dancing Fountain Show at Plaza Salcedo (Photo from Philippine Information Agency – Ilocos Sur)
Ilocos Sur, where Vigan City is located, is one of the 45 local governments in Region 1 that has been awarded a Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The SGLG has been introduced in 2014. This award is given to local government units who practice good financial housekeeping, have a solid disaster preparedness program, and provide ample social support protection to marginalized sectors. They should also be able to promote one of either three essential areas: Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace & Order, or Environmental Management, shall be recognized and awarded accordingly.
According to Governor Ryan Luis Singson, the PhP 7 million prize given to Ilocos Sur will be allotted for the improvement of provincial hospitals in Vigan City.
Ilocos Sur declared under state of calamity due to typhoon
A number of power lines were damaged during the typhoon. (Photo from Philippine Information Agency – Ilocos Sur)
On October 25, 2016, Ilocos Sur was formally placed under state of calamity
due to the effects of super typhoon
“Lawin” that struck the Ilocos Region, including Vigan City last October 19 and 20. Telecommunication networks and power lines in certain areas were affected. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Director Melchito M. Castro is working with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to restore the services as soon as possible.
Declaration of state of calamity allows for the allocation of calamity funds to affected places. Relief operations for the affected families are ongoing with the distribution of the food packs from the provincial government and from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).