Manila, Jan. 14 -- he province of Ilocos Norte is expected to host the pioneering Special Economic Zone Institute (SEZI) in Region 1 with the state-run Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) as the lead data bank service provider.

In an inception meeting held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall on Monday, Jacky Gajudo, Executive Assistant to the Director General and Chairman of the Special Economic Zone Institute (SEZI), said MMSU is equipped with resources and manpower to carry out the program.

"As a SEZI, the main function is to act as collaborator/coordinator in addressing the demands of potential investors such as the provision of technical data pertaining to research and development," said Gajudo, citing local government uni...