After four years since a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the province, Bohol has shown its resiliency and emerged stronger than ever.
The way the province recovered and got back into track is nothing short of a miracle, considering such short span of time.
Today marks the fourth commemoration of the eventful day that changed Bohol forever.
It is a solemn commemoration of the event that transformed every Boholano to become stronger and wiser.
For Gov. Edgar Chatto, October 15 is no ordinary day. It is a date that serves as a reminder of the service and dedication to commemorate the event when that powerful earthquake hit Bohol.
The commemoration takes a whole new meaning as it also brings into focus the
world-renowned “Boholano resiliency,” which has indelibly created a mark in history.
The date October 15, the Governor said, is too important and too significant to ignore, together with the pains, the struggles, the misery, and the uphill climb Boholanos have first-handedly experienced, “though everyone knows that we could never forget.”
He added, today is also the “Boholano way of looking back and giving thanks to all those who, in one way or another, have never failed us during our lowest times; some of them even giving almost all of themselves just so we could rise again.”
This year’s program of activities kicks off with an early start today with a Holy Mass at 7 am at the St. Joseph Cathedral, carrying the very apt theme: “The Resilient Bohol: Shared Leadership/Partnerships/Overcoming Challenges.”
At exactly 8:12 this morning, as has been done for the past three consecutive years already, a simultaneous ringing of church bells, sirens, horns and the like is going to take place in memory of the actual time of the earthquake.
To give some leeway for a little travel time from Tagbilaran City to the town of Loay, the formal turnover of the newly-restored Holy Trinity Parish Church of Loay from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to the Diocese of Tagbilaran through Bishop Alberto S. Uy, and the opening of the Loay Museum will take place at 9 am, after which the Commemorative Program would then start at 9:30 am at the Bohol Cultural Center.
This activity, incidentally, will pave the opening of the Abatan Bridge to heavy vehicles, with light ones still taking up the use of the existing detour bridge.
After some messages from important guests, the Effective Development Communications (EDCom) Unit of the Provincial Government will show to the audience an audio-video presentation of the “Accomplishments of Rehabilitation Programs by Various Agencies and Organizations.”
Rep. Arthur Yap of the Third District will be giving a message on the Chocolate Hills Geomarker, Bohol’s official entry, as previously and officially nominated as finalist by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB); while Director Jeremy R. Barns of the National Museum will give his piece on the Restored Old Capitol Building as their designated branch in Bohol.
After all these, Chatto will then hand over a draft executive order creating the Philippine National Geopark Committee, in support of the Chocolate Hills Geomarker.
Right after lunch today, Chatto, acting vice-governor Venzencio Arcamo, and Barns will lead the soft opening of the newly-restored façade of the old Capitol building as National Museum Branch in Bohol.
To avoid time wastage, all pertinent parties, together with the University of the Philippines-School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP-SURP) Team, will then travel to the municipality of Carmen for the symbolic unveiling of the Geomarker at the Chocolate Hills Complex to show full support for its nomination.
Updated data for accomplishments shows that the Department of Education (DepEd) has already completed 2,800 new classrooms and was able to repair 1,017 of the same.
Data from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) with its head Anthony R. Damalerio has it that there are 304 completed projects for the First District, 348 for the Second District, and 313 for the Third District, thus having the total of 965 completed projects.
On-going project for the First District has a total of 38,270 for the Second District and 26 for the Third District; with a total of 91 on-going projects. (Janet Villarojo)