TAGBILARAN CITY, July 16 (PIA)--On his first official meeting with Bohol mayors, Governor Edgar Chatto rallies everyone to be inspired even as he stresses for unity for Bohol and its entire development.
At the Provincial Government Development Framework Consultation held at the Bohol Tropics Resort last week, Chatto who has just touched grown immediately after getting a fresh mandate, intends to orient mayors of the development direction Bohol is taking, in a bid to engage local governments to dovetail their respective development frameworks into the province's agenda.
"During this first meeting at the start of a new term, I thought it would be best to gather, to look into the development plans so everyone dovetails to it," Chatto said.
Although the governor still waves the HEAT IT Bohol as his development guide, a recent participatory strategic planning with Bohol's Management Executive Board along with Bohol representatives and the University of the Philippines Advisory Council has enhanced the development guide.
Now enhanced, HEAT IT Bohol picks infrastructure, social services, peace and order, interconnectivity, reforms, economic environment and disaster and risk reduction, explains Planning and Development Officer Atty. John Titus Vistal.
HEAT IT Bohol means Health, Education and Environment, Agriculture, Tourism and Information Technology as the primary sectors that could jumpstart Bohol's sustainable development.
In the last 6 years, Bohol has continued in its surge even with the earthquake recovery it has to do.
He said he has seen the development, but has to ask where the development gains has gone?
Gunning for a better equitable distribution of wealth and resources, Chatto intimated what he thinks: equitable distribution is essentially what inclusive growth is.
"We could not have reached this far without you helping and supporting us in the last 6 years, but now, we know we are in for new challenges with the mew leadership to account for new goals," he said.
"And wanting to start it right with everyone stepping on the right feet," Chatto added, "we deem it is just natural proper and appropriate before we go first base," at the consultation.
The move was just right, this came right before the local government executives put up their own executive and legislative agenda (ELA), Department of Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Ma Loisella Lucino pointed out.
The DILG is also set to capacitate newly elected officials of their responsibilities within the first 100 days of their terms, and that would also be perfect of the orientation of the development framework, a municipal local government operations officer added.
"It is important that we share the same vision, to steer towards development and row the boat together," Chatto aired.
Picking on the ongoing reforms which the President Rodrigo Duterte has implemented, Chatto admits he has felt the impacts, especially in the fight against drug abuse and in peace and order.
Beyond this, and looking at Bohol, he said he hopes to see in his last term equitable distribution of wealth just as Vice Governor Dionisio Balite picks up Chatto's call stressing that whatever is the province's plans, municipal governments and even national agencies can help enhance this by dovetailing in each other's programs and projects. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)