Laoag City is a city in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is the capital city of Ilocos Norte, and the province’s political, commercial, and industrial hub. It is the location of the Ilocos region’s only commercial airport.
The name of the city “Laoag”, is a derivation of the Ilocano term, which means light/brightness. Buzeta, an augustinian Missionary, in his Diccionarios Geografico Estatistico Historico de las Islas Filipinas, states that Laoag has a clear atmosphere which presents a beautiful, blue skyline and that there is no doubt that this is the reason why the place was given the name “Laoag”.
As such growth center, major infrastructure projects have been programed for establishment & construction in the city. Such projects are the expansion and rehabilitation of the Laoag International Airport, construction of Laoag City Central Terminal and the establishment of the Laoag Tourist Night Market.
Also, several national government agencies have focused some of their projects in Laoag. Eventually, an industrial center shall be established within the Laoag City Special Economic Zone (Laoag EcoZone) at Barangays Calayab and Balacad.