Gov. Edgar Chatto has marked Bohol on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which, to the league of 10 states and their dialogue partner countries, would not fade into nothingness.
The Boholanos are even prouder Filipinos in this year’s Philippine ASEAN chairmanship and summit hosting.
Bohol was rarely proud having Chatto one of only six Philippine governors invited to the ASEAN Summit Gala Dinner for presidents, prime ministers and other state leaders.
The historic event occurred at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City Monday night, November 13, opening the summit which coincided with the ASEAN’s golden or 50th year.
The Philippines is the chair of the ASEAN 2017 and no less than Pres. Rodrigo Duterte played host to the ASEAN Leaders Summit joined also by Pres. Donald Trump of the United States.
The US is not an ASEAN member but has long since been one of the ASEAN dialogue partners, which include China, Russia, Canada, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Like Chatto, the governors and some mayors of Ilocos Sur, Pampanga, Iloilo and Bataan were invited to the gala dinner.
Along with Chatto from Bohol were Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II and Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero.
Bohol was the choice host to two major ASEAN meetings attended by the ministers, department secretaries and other high-ranking officials from the ASEAN member countries.
Done last April, the first involved the Inter-Sessional ASEAN Caucus Meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC).
The second, conducted last October, was the ASEAN Meeting on Maritime Transport.
Both were done in Panglao island, where one more—the 25th Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights—will be held on November 26-Dcember 1.
The upcoming event will engage foreign affairs officials from the ASEAN members, which are the Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand. Vietnam and the Philippines.
Last August, delegates from 34 countries met in Bohol during the Asia Cooperation Dialogue Energy Forum.
The ASEAN Leaders Summit Gala Dinner was also attended by two former Philippine presidents—Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now a congresswoman, and Fidel Ramos.
During the event, ASEAN organizers had the chance to again thank Chatto for the hugely successful pre-summit ASEAN ministerial meetings in Bohol.
Of the Philippines’ 81 provincial governors, the number one official of Bohol and only four other governors were invited to the memorable ASEAN leaders’ affair.
This was less than a week after Bohol was named by the Department of Interior and Local Government the provincial awardee of the Seal of Good Local Governance for third consecutive year.
Last October 19, Chatto received from Pres. Duterte the “Most Business-Friendly Province” Award for Bohol from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the country’s biggest business organization. (Ven rebo Arigo)