Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos is crediting herself for the doubling of the province’s income to P1.42 billion.
In her State of the Province Address (SOPA), Marcos bragged that when she assumed office in 2010, the income of provincial government was only P739 million.
“The provincial income has doubled to P1.42 billion today, from a mere P739 million in 2010. More significantly, our self-generated income is now P319, 541, 427,” she said.
In a Manila Bulletin story, the governor said the provincial government has maintained its ISO 9001 Certification through its “strengthened governance”.
Ilocos Norte’s transitional economy is rapidly growing at 16.7 percent, which is much higher than Ilocos region’s 5.72 percent and the national government’s 6.13 percent, Marcos added.
Marcos is gunning for her third and last term as governor.
Before running for governor in 2010, the eldest child of the late president Ferdinand Marcos was the representative of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte from 1998 to 2007.
In 2010, she beat her cousin, then Governor Michael Marcos Keon, by landslide. She was reelected unopposed in 2013.