Gov. Edgar Chatto and the rest of the nation’s provincial governors hope to achieve governance that is far capable, responsive and meaningful than the present after the country’s shift to federalism.
Federalism is a higher version of the local autonomy, according to Chatto who is the national secretary-general of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP).
He said its advocates must, thus, have a clearer framework how to proceed with it.
The governors will invite Congress to present its version of federalism during their meeting in Cebu City in November 24.
The league is awaiting the consolidated position of Malacañang on the proposed new Philippine government system.
Also, the governors will ask the administration PDP-Laban to present its version during the same Cebu meeting.
Collective planning and review are of critical importance to ensure the viability of local governments as they exercise greater devolution of powers and responsibilities, Chatto said.
Federalism was also tackled in the expanded national executive board meeting of the LPP attended by Chatto in Makati City on Thursday.
The top Bohol leader has championed local empowerment, which he believes is the firm pursuit of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s vision for the Philippines under federalism.
The governor cited the president’s bedrock faith in federalism as a formula to dissipate the Mindanao woes.
THANK DU30, PCCI
Meanwhile, Chatto, in his official commitments and public appearances here, again thanked Duterte and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for Bohol’s “Most Business-Friendly Province” Award.
Duterte himself handed to Chatto, along with Acting Vice Gov. Venzencio Arcamo, the grand award from the country’s biggest business organization during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference at the Manila Hotel the other week.
Fellow governors congratulated Chatto during their league’s national board conference.
Chatto likewise reiterated his thank to “all Boholanos for the encouragement.”
The first of its kind for Bohol, the PCCI award has been considered a strong endorsement of the province to both the international and domestic investors.
At the same time, the acclaim highly promotes Bohol as tourism and convention destination.
On November 1, the Philippine Airlines will launch its Davao-Bohol flight while the AirAsia will have its maiden Clark-Bohol flight on December 16.
Bohol will host, for the fourth time this year, another major meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the second week of November.
The meeting will be attended by the foreign affairs officials and diplomats from the 10 ASEAN member countries.
This will be immediately prior to the ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in Clark, Pampanga in November.
Bohol hosted just last week the ASEAN Meeting on Taxation after the ASEAN Trade and Maritime Transport Meetings in April and September, respectively.
The province also hosted recently the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Conference on Energy attended by the delegates from 34 countries across Asia, the world’s largest continent. (Ven rebo Arigo)