1999 – 2005 Chronology


2004

January
Environmental concerns were raised against pebble-picking on the beach of Barangay Pancian in Pagudpud. Though the main source of livelihood for six year for sixteen residents of Pancian, the trade seriously endangered the coastline of the area.

January 23
Giant waves capsized an outrigger fishing boat on the open sea off Currimao, killing one passenger.

February 10
Malacañang approved the Laoag City council resolution proposing the declaration of this day, the feast of the city’s patron St. William the Hermit, a regular non-working holiday for the city.

February (3rd week)
A newly constructed Amphitheatre was inaugurated at Pinili.

February (3rd week)
Archaeologists from the National Museum, conducting text excavations at the Tabacalera Building housing the Museo Ilocos Norte, were able to unearth the building’s original red brick flooring. The original floor level was found to be 2 feet and 6 ½ inches below the present street level, presenting evidence to confound the ‘sinking belltower’ myth.

February 25
A study conducted by researchers from the Australian National University and the University of the Philippines revealed that the Paoay Lake area once abounded with pine trees.

March 1
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples announced it would extend technical and financial assistance to resolve the boundary conflicts regarding the Itnegs’ claim for a certificate of ancestral domain in Carasi.

March (3rd week)
A road to the Kaangrian Falls in a forest in Barangay Agaga, Burgos, was inaugurated. The access was intended to exploit the tourism potential of the site by cutting the two-hour trek to 30 minutes.

March 30
Launch of Ilocos Norte, A Travel Guide, at the Filipinas Heritage Library in Makati. The book was a project of the Gameng Foundation.

April 1
Philippine Airline flights linking Laoag to Manila were resumed. A direct Laoag-Hawaii flight was also proposed.

April 17
The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte received the widest hybrid rice plantation award during the First National Year of Rice festivities held at the Narciso O. Ramos Sports Complex in Pangasinan. It was confirmed that the province had 210 well-irrigated hectares planted to hybrid rice, yielding an average 7.99 metric tons of rice per hectare during the dry season.

April 23
China Eastern Airlines’ direct flights between Shanghai, China and Laoag were inaugurated.

May 10
In provincial and mayoral elections, the following won the corresponding posts:

Congressmen:
1st District: Roque Ablan, Jr.
2nd District: Imee R. Marcos

Governor: Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.
Vice Governor: Windell D. Chua

Sangguniang Panlalawigan:
1st District: Ameurfina R. Salenda; Michael Keon; Shirley Ong Sin; Purisima A. Bueno; Renato Ma. Perlta
2nd District: Mariano V. Marcos II; Angelo M. Barba;
Da Vinci M. Crisostomo; Carlito N. Abadilla; Elena Nalupta

Mayor:
Adams:    Wilma B. Dupagen
Bacarra:    Philip C. Velasco
Badoc:    Thomas N. Torralba
Bangui:    Wilfred A. Gaces
Banna:    Carlito A. Abadilla II
Batac:    Jesus R. Nalupta
Burgos:    Benjamin Y. Campañano
Carasi:    Joy C. Fernandez
Currimao:    Rosario C. Go
Dumalneg:    Francisco R. Espiritu, Jr.
Laoag City:    Michael V. Fariñas
Marcos:    Rogelio Pambid
Nueva Era:    Caroline A. Garvida
Pagudpud:    Marlon T. Sales
Paoay:    Bonifacio C. Clemente, Jr.
Pasuquin:    Oscar D. Aguinaldo
Piddig:    Augustus A. Salazar
Pinili:    Anunciacion D. Pagdilao
San Nicolas:    Alfredo P. Valdez, Jr.
Sarrat:    Corazon R. Abad
Solsona:    Joseph E. de Lara
Vintar:    Nelie Mabanag

May 17
A memorandum of agreement was signed, binding the provincial government to assist the town of Burgos in providing training for a ceramic industry. Some of the bricks to be produced in Barangay Bayog would be used in the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

May 20
Shooting broke out between suspected illegal loggers and the police in the vicinity of Kaangrian Falls in Agaga, Burgos. (Two months later, suspected treasure hunters are believed to have deprived the Kaangrian Cave of some of its stalactites and stalagmites).

June 11
Three Infanta, Pangasinan fishermen set adrift by Typhoon Frank were rescued off Barangay Gabu, Laoag City.

June 15
Death of Dr. Godofredo T.  Felipe (1905-2004), physician, public servant, and World War II veteran, in his native Laoag City.

June (3rd week)
The Sangguniang Bayan of Pagudpud advised resort owners and town residents to limit the use of jet skis the town’s coastline. The sport was seen as a treat to the area’s marine ecology.

June 29 and 30, July 1
Typhoon Igme (international name: Mindulle), with winds up to 210 kph, ripped through Laoag City and the province. The Signal No. 4 storm left 9 people dead, 13 injured and one person missing, along with P99.6 million worth of damages to agriculture and infrastructure. Dingras, the province’s rice granary, was particularly affected when a number of its barangays were inundated. The circumferential road of the Laoag City Terminal Crumbled revealing that steel bars and not been used.

August
A plan to replace the age-old wooden trusses of St. William’s Cathedral in Laoag was opposed by conservationists. The plan, promoted by Msgr. Jacinto Jose with the support of Bishop Ernesto Salgado, called for the replacement of the wooden trusses, (which were declared to be in a perilous state of decay) with steel beams. Conservationists countered that the compatibility of steel with stone and mortar had not yet been tested. The complex woodwork, an engineering feat in its day, was nevertheless taken down without the benefit of scientific documentation.

August
The rehabilitation of the decrepit Cape Bojeador Lighthouse roofing (worsened by Typhoon Feria in 2001) was completed, paving the way for the second phase of the renovation. This would include rip-rapping portions of the slope to prevent landslides.

August 18
The Provincial Capitol Drop-In Center for working mothers was inaugurated.

August 19
Illegal Logging in the Dimolot Watershed in Pasuquin was confirmed.

September 27
A commercial building housing the popular restaurant m Colonial along A. Bonifacio Ave. cor M. Fariñas St. in Laoag burned down. No one was injured.

October 30
Vintar Municipal Mayor Eleuterio C. Mabanag was ambushed and slain while on his daily early morning jogging in Barangay Magraay, Vintar. One police escort was slain while another was wounded. The mayor’s post was taken over by then Vice Mayor Jose G. Foronda.

November 16
Marcos Municipal Mayor Rogelio D. Pambid was shot to death by two motorcycle-riding men. Slain in his own town, Mr. Pambid became the second municipal executive murdered in broad daylight in the province in the span of two weeks. His position was taken over by Vice Mayor Salvador Pillos.

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