Gov. Edgar Chatto yesterday called for full Boholano support to incoming president Rodrigo Duterte and vice president Leni Robredo whoÂ will soon govern the nation that inherits a tiger economy from the outgoing administration.
He urged the Boholanos to â€œpray for our new president and vice presidentâ€ who will be officially proclaimed winners in tomorrowâ€™s joint session of Congress which, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), finished the canvassing Saturday night.
Chatto asked the same for the members of the incoming Senate.
â€œThey need divine wisdom and guidance as they start the challenging journey of leading the country, governing our nation to sustain gains,â€ said the Bohol leader who is reelected governor for third and final term.
The governor reiteratedÂ in his weekly radio program that the provincial and component local plans and programs have to be consistentÂ with the national policies prescribed by the new leadership.
â€œUnity and solidarity in vision and action are essential prerequisites to transformation and progress,â€ Chatto said.
He felt it â€œimportantâ€ to support the administration and align the local programs with the national agenda for the best of Bohol.
The governor with his 35 years ofÂ public service is not worried if such an actuation from a responsible local leader like him is often mistaken by negative minds as turncoatism.
â€œWe ask the same from the city, town and barangay government units,â€ Chatto even continued, asserting that â€œit is not bad seeking good for our province.â€
The governor said ensuring common welfare does precisely explain for their running for different elective positions.
As the national leader, the president must be happy if the provinces harmonize their development frameworks with his agenda, Chatto stressed.
If there are Boholanos who â€œcannot be happy when we do good for Bohol, then there may be something seriously wrong with them,â€ said the provincial leader who is used to black propagandaÂ even at non-election times.
Also, Rep. Rene Relampagos said they support the Duterte administration while remaining with the Liberal Party (LP), which has catapulted Robredo to the next highest officialdom of the land after the Congress canvassing ultimately validated her victory.
Robredo beat his closest opponent, Ferdinand â€œBongbongâ€ Marcos, Jr., for vice president by a margin of 263,473 votes as the widow of a late DILG secretary polled 14,418,817 votes over the 14,155,344 votes to the son of a dead dictator.
In Bohol alone, Robredo cast Marcos out by a gap of over a hundred thousand votes.Â Duterteâ€™s win was â€œdeadlierâ€ by ballot count.
Relampagos vowed to work closely with Chattoâ€™s leadership of the province as the solon felt more â€œindebtedâ€ to his fellow Boholanos, especially his First District constituents who granted him for the first time a full three-term mandate.
He considered his reelection for third and final congressional term â€œsweet, sentimental and historic,â€ Relampagos having then served in the past as vice governor but for one term only and governor for just two terms.
BOHOLANOSÂ THANK PNOY
Boholanos do thank Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III for the â€œmany legaciesâ€ his administration is leaving to them and their province, Chatto said.
â€œWe vow to support and work with the imminent Duterte-Robredo leadership to sustain the gains we already achieved,â€ the governor said, â€œas we do respond to the call of the president-elect for national healingâ€ after the bruising polls.
Besides, he said, â€œit is very inherently Boholano to contribute more to national development and growth.â€
Chatto admitted the need for â€œtransformation towards a loftier goalâ€ which he yearned to be a â€œcommitment to genuine change that should begin from every Filipino and reside in every Filipino heart.â€
â€˜INSPIREDÂ HEAT ITâ€™
The encompassing framework of sustainable development and inclusive growth for Bohol Chatto now calls the â€œINSPIRED HEAT ITâ€ agenda.
INSPIRED translates to aggressive improvements in â€œinfrastructure, expanded social services, peace and order, reforms in governance, investment promotions, economic development and growth, and disaster risk reduction management.â€
Thru continuing caravans, the HEAT IT programs, goods and services are to scale up involving â€œhealth and sanitation, education and technology, agriculture and food security, tourism and livelihood, and information technology.â€
Being â€œinspired,â€ Chatto said â€œwe are aggressive to complete the new airport, capitol complex, hospital modernization, including a double-capacity modern Gallares Hospital, roads, bridges and feasibility studies for bigger ones, ports, reliable power and water, and many other infrastructure ventures.â€
The proposed major bridges include the Panglao island-Tagbilaran City offshore bridge connector, Ubay-Pres. Garcia bridge, and Talibon-Bien Unido bridge.
The agenda aspires for social services extended to more marginalized and disadvantaged sectors; heightened counter-crime fight, especially against illegal drugs; investment promotions thru connectivity and incentives; more serious governance reforms; economic gains that do serve inclusive growth and defeat poverty; and disaster/calamity mitigation and response in hue with climate change adaptation.
Better governance involves willingness to engage in positive change and, Chatto said, â€œthere is grace when the change that we want to see around us does start from within us, everyone of us.â€ (With reportsÂ from Ven rebo Arigo)