Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc recently led a series of “Capitol Express,” showcasing the stronger commitment of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) in achieving a brighter future for every Ilokano family.
“Capitol Express” or “CapEx” is the brainchild of Senator Imee R. Marcos, who was a three-term Governor of Ilocos Norte. In 2019, the program was institutionalized by the Provincial Board and was streamlined to increase its line-up of services and prioritize barangays in far-flung communities.
Gov. Marcos Manotoc, who was recently re-elected Governor with an overwhelming victory, expressed his gratitude to his constituents and reiterated his commitment to ensuring that every Ilokano can provide for their families by expanding employment opportunities.
“Welcome to ‘Capitol Express’ kung saan dinadala po ang mga serbisyo ng kapitolyo diretso po sa inyo. Una po sa lahat, gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa inyong lahat. Madami pa po tayong gagawin sa mga susunod na taon upang masiguro ang trabaho, hanapbuhay at kita ng bawat Ilokano,” he remarked.
On May 26, Gov. Marcos Manotoc, alongside the front line offices of PGIN, brought various government services to the municipalities of Pagudpud, Bangui, Nueva Era, and Marcos, consecutively.
In particular, PGIN’s Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Office distributed assistance in the form of cash and goods to local entrepreneurs and “sari-sari” store owners. Meanwhile, the Provincial Health Office led health consultations, the distribution of medical equipment, and vaccination services for COVID-19. Moreover, agriculture inputs were granted to different “zanjera” and farmer groups; and financial assistance and food packs were given to several individuals.
In his speech, Gov. Marcos Manotoc said that he already sought the support of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., his uncle, to improve the services of “CapEx.”
“Salamat sa inyong suporta sa Marcos Family at maaasahan niyo po na gagawin namin ang lahat para mapagaan ang mga buhay ninyo. Sama-sama tayo upang i-develop ang ating ekonomiya at siguraduhing ang bawat kailian po natin ay may kita para sa pamilya,” he stated.
“CapEx” has always been PGIN’s “blackbuster” program, benefiting hundreds of thousands of Ilokanos across many sectors, annually.－PGIN-CMO