The Liberal Party in Bohol is gearing up for a smooth campaign despite the continued mud-slinging by the opposition which is indicative of a weakening strength in most of Boholâ€™s 47 municipalities,
There are reports that the local opposition has started to split due to varying choices as to their presidential bet for the coming May 9 election.
Led by Gov. Edgar Chatto, the administration team has maintained its decent, high-level campaign by the platforms of continuity of good governance and solid performance.
The governor has, according to town rally observers, at the same time ably led the LP provincial slate to present clearest, surefire future development agenda that only leaders of their calibre and credibility can deliver.
Pursuant to its Padayon Bol-anon advocacy that tandems with the Daang Matuwid principle, the LP-Bohol raised its momentum in Tubigon, Talibon and Anda proclamation rallies that jumpstarted its local campaign.
These were followed by the proclamation rallies in Calape and Guindulman, leadersâ€™ caucuses in Maribojoc, San Miguel and Buenavista, and another proclamation rally in Dauis just last night.
In Tagbilaran City, the LP slate led by Mayor John Geesnell â€œBabaâ€ Yap II and Vice Mayor Jose Antonio â€œTotoâ€ Veloso, also known by its solid tag Team BaTo, had its opening salvo attended by vice presidential bet Leni Robredoâ€™s child Aika Robredo.
The young Robredo also delivered the message of her mother, an icon of Filipina empowerment, during the Bohol culmination of the national observance of the Womenâ€™s Month.
Along with his runningmate, Vice Gov. Concepcion Lim, Chatto and the rest of the LP line-up from congressman to provincial board members have set up more campaign activities this week in the three districts of the province.
The administration group is also a coalition led by LP, which congressional bets are First District Rep. Rene Relampagos, himself a Bohol LP giant and tested development provider; Gerardo Garcia, an incumbent board member, for Second District; and Third District Rep. Arthur Yap.
The board members are Abeleon Damalerio, Benjie Arcamo and Ricky Masamayor, First District; Agapito Avenido, Gierhrjem Puracan amd Jonel Torregosa, Second District; and Elpidio Jala, Jade Bautista, Sancho Bernales and Alexie Tutor, Third District.
Damalerio, Arcamo and Jala are reelectionist board members.
A leader who observes his mandate and knows his politics, Gov. Chatto has not compromised for campaigning his avowed responsibilities as the sitting governor, showing once again his mastery of time management.
Gov. Chatto inaugurated essential projects like school buildings, roads, irrigation systems and health facilities, as well as rehabilitated and reconstructed government structures and public facilities under the Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA) Program.
He would always find time inspecting on-going projects and sites for incoming projects despite the election campaign that heats up.
This is while he carries the task as LPâ€™s top campaigner in the province of 47 towns, a growing city, as many surrounding component islands, 1.3 million inhabitants—and widespread politically-charged black propagandas against his person and officialdom.
In Loon, and even while not feeling well, he led town officials in inaugurating two additional hospital buildings and inspecting a housing project.
â€œGov. Chatto is so sincere in addressing health concerns that need government interventions,â€ said Philippine Gift of Life President/Chief Executive Officer Francisca Baluyot.
In unsolicited words, she further told mediamen, â€œEdgar is a most compassionate governor.Â Â His love for the less fortunate and concern for the sick and suffering, even if they are not Boholanos, are incredible.Â Â No other province can match Bohol in most number of foreign-aided major surgical missions alone.Â Â He never discriminates life for political differences.Â Â I am lucky and proud that Gov. Chatto is a fellow Boholano.â€
Also last week, Chatto joined the coconut farmers and agriculture agencies in the 1stÂ Bohol Coconut Summit, reassuring the sector of the provinceâ€™s help for the establishment of the long-dreamt coconut processing center.
Still while on the thick of campaign, the governor did also find time lauding Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) for its continued effort to modernize, thru appropriate equipment and technology, earthquake detection in Bohol.
Sensors have been installed in Talibon, Garcia-Hernandez and other strategic sites to detect deep earth motions and transmit data directly to Manila for processing and public viewing on PHIVOLCS website.
After the completion of the Talibon-Garcia-Hernandez-Tagbilaran seismometer triangulation, it can even be easy to understand an earthquake potential in a place, the governor learned.
Seismic imaging offers the ability to â€œseeâ€ subsurface structures that are deeper than man can otherwise study and, thus, the detection system is so essential to the provinceâ€™s disaster preparedness program.
A province that is disaster-prepared, quick in emergency response and more resilient to major natural threats, including the climate change, is one sturdier agenda of the Chatto-led LP campaign.Â (Ven rebo Arigo)