Most business friendly provinceMOST BUSINESS-FRIENDLY PROVINCE AWARD FINALIST (Center) Gov. Edgar Chatto proudly holds the PCCI plaque of recognition for Bohol as finalist in the search for the “Most Business-Friendly Province” in the country. He is flanked by (l-r) PPDO head John Titus Vistal and BIPC head Ma. Fe Dominise, who assisted the governor in his fleeting yet powerful presentation. Also shown are BIPC assistants (l-r) Emerson Pinos and Gian Lamdagan.

For the very first time, Bohol has landed among the 14 finalists in the search for the Most Business-Friendly Province in the country conducted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

The country has 81 provinces and Bohol, an island-province which new modern airport will operate next year, is in the Central Visayas region.

The PCCI annually awards local government units (LGUs), including cities and municipalities, which have demonstrated outstanding efforts in instituting good governance reforms.

These reforms must have promoted trade and investment, transparency, accountability and efficiency in delivering business services to fuel up inclusive growth in the locality.

At the final judging on Wednesday in Metro Manila, Gov. Edgar Chatto presented in five “snappy” minutes Bohol’s initiatives and accomplishments under the five criteria of the prestigious award.

The criteria were based on trade, investments, and tourism promotions; public-private partnership; micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development; quality management system, innovations, and human resource development; and inter-local government relation.

The final judging was done at the Don Emilio Yap Boardroom of the PCCI at the Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, Metro Manila.

The PCCI will announce and award the winners in the categories of the province, city and municipality during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference at the Manila Hotel on October 19, Thursday.

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will present the awards to the winners of the yearly search which the PCCI, the country’s largest business organization, has spearheaded for over a decade now.

After his presentation—entitled the “Business-Friendly Bohol: An Economic Development and Growth Story”—and final judging, Chatto received a PCCI plaque of recognition for Bohol as a finalist.

Being a finalist—and a first-time finalist at that, is already an achievement of the province and its people, Chatto said.

The other finalist provinces are Aklan, Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Cebu, Davao del Norte, Isabela, La Union, Negros Occidental, Pangasinan, South Cotabato and Tarlac.

Cebu, also a Central Visayas province, is a past winner while Bulacan is obsessed for a third straight title for the Hall of Fame.  

The PCCI officials took turns in congratulating the Bohol governor and his team after the presentation and interview by the competent panel of 12 judges.



Chatto thanked the local business sector, thru the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and all other development partners for the strong tie-up with the provincial government.

Governance by public-private partnership in pursuit of shared leadership to attain development and growth has helped bring Bohol to where it is today, the governor said.

“Our collaboration in Bohol being nationally highlighted and recognized is already an achievement,” the governor stressed.

Like Bulacan, Tarlac already won for two consecutive years, the last one in 2013 when Bohol was devastated by the mighty earthquake, which hit exactly four years ago today, October 15.

From great ruins, Bohol’s multi-faceted restoration works have been “very encouraging,” although in the case of completing the core shelter program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has yet to fully deliver.

The said national agency is awaited to make true its promise to release the remaining fund to one of the implementing groups, the International Office for Migration (IOM), after the assumption of the new DSWD secretary, to whom the governor already wrote.

The other major shelter package has been implemented by the Habitat for Humanity while the province has highly accomplished its own funded program.



Chatto also considered Bohol’s being a PCCI award finalist as an “instant endorsement” of the province to the investors by the leading business group in the country.

“More investors will find Bohol because the PCCI recognition is a testimony that our collaboration is working,” he said.

The PCCI president, businessman George Barcelon, has been appointed by Duterte as a member of the country’s Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Group (LEDAC).

Investors are encouraged since the PCCI award likewise attests to government effort to institutionalize standards in delivering quality services as mandated by Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.

Award nominees must, thus, pass the qualifying indicators in the areas of investment promotion, compliance to the above law, and fiscal transparency.

The LGUs must have established an investment promotion and generation strategy to advance equitable local economic development.

It is deemed important that the LGUs invest in putting up mechanisms that provide guidance to the stakeholders, including investors and citizenry.

The Anti-Red Tape Act, also known as ARTA, has provided a framework in which transparency and accountability in government offices, including LGUs, could be practiced and instituted.

In the PCCI award, a significant weight is given to the ARTA compliance and initiatives of the LGUs, particularly in business processing and licensing system.



The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) supports the PCCI search through a memorandum circular encouraging all LGUs to participate.

DILG exempts the PCCI award finalists from the business-friendliness criterion of the department’s Seal of Good Local Governance.

According to the PCCI, its award reflects the slogan “What is good for the citizenry is good for business.”

The PCCI commends LGUs that succeed in creating an environment conducive to business, in partnership that achieves ease of doing business benefiting both the business community and citizenry.

Chatto learned of Bohol advancing to the final judging when PCCI LGU Awards Chairman Jose Alejandro and 43rd Philippine Business Conference Awards Chairman Samie asked him in a joint letter to do a “make or break” presentation in just “five minutes.”

The governor was assisted by Provincial Planning and Development Officer John Titus Vistal, Bohol Investment Promotions Center head Ma. Fe Dominise, consultant Linda Paredes, and BIPC research assistants Emerson Pinos and Gian Lamdagan. (Ven rebo Arigo)

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NO NEED FOR NEW PIER FOR EQUIPMENTS; AIRPORT TO START NEXT MONTH It is now final and official. There is no more need for a temporary seaport in bringing in heavy equipments needed in the construction of the New Bohol Airport in Panglao. This development surfaced after the main contractor, Chiyoda Mitsubishi Joint Venture ( CMJV), a Japanese consortium and sub-contractor EEI Corp. agreed to the “night shift” policy suggested by Gov, Edgar Chatto amid the controversy arising from the rumored plan to construct a temporary pier in barangay Tangan, Panglao town. The suggestion of the governor which seems adopted by the contractors was part of last Sunday’s editorial of The Chronicle. Meanwhile, the new Bohol Airport will officially commence its construction next month. Only recently, the controversial plan for a temporary pier generated strong public opposition citing the environmental destruction it brings in the area. Hauling and transport by heavy equipment of the materials for the 30-month construction of the new Bohol airport will be done nightly until early morning to avoid likely heavy traffic never seen here before. Last Wednesday, Gov. Chatto witnessed the Manila signing between the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the consortium of the deal for the construction of the airport on Panglao island. DOTC Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya led the signing together with Associate Director and Deputy Division Director Tadayoshi Kimura of Business Development Division of the Chiyoda Corp. and Deputy General Manager and Division Head Masahito Nonaka of the Global Environment & Infrastructure Business Division of the Mitsubishi Corp. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative to the Philippines Noriaki Niwa and Project Formulation Advisor Shimizu Toshihiro of JICA Economic Growth Section also witnessed the sealing, which paves the start of the construction. “Construction will start in June. We appreciate if the airport can be done in one-and-a-half year,” Chatto quoted Abaya as saying during the signing, although the construction from start to finish takes 30 months per contract. In the coordination conference here, the local Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) assured of berthing spaces at the Tagbilaran City port for vessels that carry the equipment and construction materials. Not just the traffic on city roads identified for routes of the equipment and materials to Panglao prosite, port congestion itself is expected to heighten considering the unusual frequent volume loading, hauling and transport. The contractor agreed to haul and transport—at 75 trips daily—during night time, preferably from midnight to six in the morning (6am) when roads are usually not or less used. City traffic is back to busy with the opening of classes in June. The local Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the bridges along the identified hauling routes from the city to construction site can contain the weight of the loaded equipment with strict regulation observed. As the city port is still undergoing rehabilitation after the earthquake, the port in Alburquerque has been eyed for alternate docking of barges loaded with heavy equipment and construction materials. But according to the PPA, the town port has also been damaged by the earthquake and its repair could cost some P20 million. While the airport contractor is willing to help rehabilitate the port, the entire work is estimated to consume eight months. Rep. Rene Relampagos, who also attended the coordination meeting, agreed with the governor that securing the funding for repair and the process through which project procurement undergoes before the actual concrete works are a different story that also takes time. The First District solon could not attend the Manila signing last Wednesday because of a meeting of the congressional tourism committee which he chairs. The peak period of airport construction is expected to start from the third week of September this year until the middle of February in 2017. Every week within this period, an average of three vessels arrive at the port, loaded with an average volume of almost 6,000 metric tons of materials and requiring 425 truck loads en route to construction site. FREQUENT COORDINATION Chatto and Relampagos would want as shorter interval of regular coordination meetings as possible so that the expected concerns which may hinder fast implementation could get addressed. It is likewise a proactive system to ready measures or policy guidelines for other possible yet unforeseen problems as construction progresses, they said. The Local Project Management Team (LPMT) handled by Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio has been focused on all concerns within its mandate and capacity surrounding the gigantic undertaking. The team presented updates on varied concerns during the coordination meeting, which was also attended by Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero. These concerns include the rerouting of existing Panglao barangay roads that traverse the airport site and have to be closed and cut once construction starts or possible opening of new access roads. Yesterday, Chatto and Relampagos led the signing of the deed of transfer of the resettlement for the project-affected families (PAFs) right at their finished relocation site, which negotiation, preparation, construction, supervision, monitoring and completion had the LMPT at the painstaking front. 11th BUSIEST Once done by the middle or final quarter of 2017, although some say early 2018 is the safest projection, the Panglao airport will replace the Tagbilaran City flight terminal as the 11th busiest airport in the country. Ten times bigger than the city airport, it is foreseen to accommodate 1.7 million air passengers annually, although Chatto and Relampagos is already moving this early to secure support for its expansion in the future. Officially, the project is billed the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project (NBACSEPP), said to be the first ever package deal assisted by JICA in the country. The airport has been designed to be the Philippines ’ “first world-class eco-friendly, green airport.” (Ven rebo Arigo) The Bohol Chronicle May 31, 2015