Gov. Edgar Chatto has highly emphasized LIFE HELPS, his service mission slogan that defined his accomplished nine years in Congress, for its more pronounced and first-ever Bohol-wide application in the next three years.
It took a central theme in the three-day executive-legislative planning workshop strategizing the major thrusts that will guide the new administration of the unprecedented man-woman tandem of Chatto and Vice Gov. Concpecion Lim, the first woman to hold Bohol’s second most powerful elective post.
LIFE HELPS stands for Livelihood, Infrastructure, Food, Education, Health, Environment, Leadership development, Peace and Order, and Sports and youth development.
The directional development mapping led by the top capitol duo fully emphasized the generation of sustainable livelihoods and enterprises, building and upgrading of infrastructures, ensured food sufficiency, and promotion of access to all-level quality education that upholds cultural heritage and Boholano values.
It widened approaches to improve access to quality integrated health services and facilities, ensure sound environmental management, promote efficient, transparent and responsive bureaucracy, maintain peace and order with citizen participation, and integrate sports, youth and the vulnerable sectors like the elderly and differently-abled in relevant development programs.
The provincial board members, heads of departments and satellite offices, key personnel and other stakeholders participated in the strategic planning, which was surprised by the presence of Sen. Francis Pangilinan, at Bohol Plaza in Dauis.
Touted as the strongest administration bet for Senate president, Pangilinan assured to assist the 25th Bohol governor in materializing the ambitious Panglao island international airport project in his time.
In his first convocation program address on the capitol ground, Chatto vowed to succeed in programs that will propel the province to its desired prosperity with man himself as the core recipient of welfare.
In the Sangguniang P[anlalawigan (SP) inaugural session, the governor declared, “We are ready. The best for Bohol is yet to come.”
The capitol legislature presided by the vice governor committed support to the administration thru what Board Member Abeleon damalerio called responsive legislations and prudent policies.
The legislator rallied his SP fellows to make the province’s highest policy-making body a sangguniang that is “truly of the people.”
Board Member Godofreda Tirol said cooperation is not optional but a necessity while Board Member Dionisio Balite made clear his position to be “not an opposition to development.”
Board Member Ariel Lungay, new provincial federation president of the Philippine Councilors’ League, will “tap the potential strength of the league” in helping “better the people’s lives.”
In the executive-legislative planning workshop, the provincial leaders also made the vision for Bohol keener.
Chatto stressed that Bohol should truly be a prime eco-cultural tourism destination and a strong, balanced agro-industrial province with a well-educated, God-loving and law-abiding citizenry.
The governor desired the Boholanos to be supremely proud of their cultural heritage, enjoying a state of well-being and committed to a sound environmental management.
He rallied his fellow leaders to the mission of enriching Bohol’s social, economic, cultural, political and environmental resources through good governance and effective partnerships with the stakeholders for increased global competitiveness.
Chatto demanded a steel conviction to the goals of the province for ecological protection and management, social equity, local/regional economic development and strategic wealth generation, upholding of the cultural heritage and values, and responsive, transparent and accountable governance.
The Chatto administration has identified programs and strategies which will generate “flame of actions” for what the governor also calls HEAT—health, education, agriculture, tourism—the set of priorities of his first 100 days at capitol.
The governor is obvious to generate a team spirit, commitment and support to his administration development agenda.
His administration has drawn timelines and identified key responsible centers for the accomplishment of the first 100 days plans, projects and activities.