MBF Thank Layout 4RP’s Most Business-Friendly. Gov. Edgar Chatto receives from Pres. Rodrigo Duterte the PCCI “Most Business –Friendly Province” Award at the Manila Hotel last Friday together with DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez and Acting V-Gov. Benjie Arcamo


MBF Thank Layout7With the Governor are (left-right) Chronicle editor Bingo Dejaresco, Prov’l. Attorney Boloy Boiser, Rep. Art Yap, Acting Vice Gov. Benjie Arcamo, Balilihan Mayor Pureza Chatto, Chamber director Tata Veloso , Prov’l. Planning officer Titus Vistal, Bohol Investment and Promotion Center head Inday Dominise and Mayor’s League Pres. Piezas

Bohol has won the biggest Philippine business organization’s “Most Business-Friendly Province” Award in a first-time feat that “toppled all the giants.”

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) had the honor of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte conferring the grand award to Gov. Edgar Chatto during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference at the Manila Hotel on Thursday, October 19.

The award was, unexpectedly, followed by an investor’s call to the governor that they are proceeding with their plan to build a 1,200-room resort and water park in Bohol.

Hours before the awarding, Chatto got a text message from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Dep. Gov. Diwa Gunigundo informing the governor that “we have already decided on the property” where the BSP branch in Bohol will rise.

The establishment of a full Central Bank branch in Bohol is itself considered a recognition of the province’s bullish development and growth.

Gunigundo’s information was in reply to the follow up by Chatto and the local banking and business sectors regarding the economy-modifying project.

“Once the papers are in place, we will go to the MNonetary Board and have them approved. Then we shall be off to Bohol for the groundbreaking,” the BSP official said in his same message to the governor.

Since the PCCI award, Boholanos across the world have
flooded the social media with congratulatory, proud messages on such an achievement of their home province and its leadership by Chatto.

Assisted by Department of Trade and Industry Sec. Ramon Lopez, Duterte presented the award to Chatto with the PCCI officers and members led by their president, George Barcelon, witnessing.

Muntinlupa City in Metro Manila, Tagum City in Davao del Norte, and Vigan City in Ilocos Sur were the “Most Business-Friendly City” Award winners in the City Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 categories, respectively.

The town of Calaca in Batangas claimed the top honor in the municipal category.

The annual PCCI awards recognize local government units that have “demonstrated outstanding efforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote trade and investments, transparency, accountability and efficiency in delivering business services to fuel up inclusive growth in the locality.”

The PCCI also awarded its outstanding member chambers and certain corporate entities for global excellence.

For the first time, Bohol landed among the 14 finalist provinces until it was ultimately adjudged the winner of the prestigious yearly search conducted by the PCCI since 2001.

Along with Acting Vice Gov. Venzencio Arcamo, Chatto received the PCCI award from Duterte during the country’s leading business group’s gathering, which keynote speaker and guest of honor was the president himself.


As the governor was on stage about to receive the award, the smiling president greeted him, “Bohol gyod, Bohol gyod ang nidaug! (It’s Bohol, it’s Bohol the winner!)”

Chatto found time to thank Duterte for supporting Bohol development and asked the president to visit the province again.

Duterte had come to Bohol and personally assessed the island’s security condition during the ASEAN Trade Meeting in Panglao last April, during which the Abu Sayyaf tried to sow terror but was totally crushed.

It was the first of four ASEAN meetings in Bohol this year, the last one immediately before the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Manila this November.


“Gov, you toppled all the giants!” one of the award judges who could not obviously hide his praises for Bohol’s unprecedented distinction told Chatto during the winner announcement and honoring.

The said member of the 12-man panel of judges was referring the “giants” to the “top award contenders” which were the provinces of Bulacan, Cebu, Cavite, Bataan, Davao del Norte and Isabela.

Bohol’s win trashed the bid and blew the hope of Bulacan, a two-consecutive-year winner, to get into the Hall of Fame. Cebu is also a former two-time awardee.

The selection process weighed on two indicators—the qualifying and essential—and the nominees must first qualify in the areas of investment promotion, compliance to the Anti-Red Tape Act, and fiscal transparency.

The essential indicators consisted of trade, investment, and tourism promotion; public-private partnership; micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development; quality management systems (QMS), innovations, and human resource development; and local government collaboration.

In the final judging at the PCCI Boardroom a week before the winner announcement-awarding, Chatto presented in five “snappy” minutes—the only time allotted for each finalist— Bohol’s initiatives and accomplishments hitting the essential criteria.

“Pursuant to our principle and practice of shared leadership, all Boholanos deserve the credit,” the governor said.

Again, he specially mentioned Provincial Planning and Development Officer John Titus Vistal, Bohol Investment Promotions Center Chief Ma. Fe Dominise, consultant Linda Paredes, and the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by its president, Engr. Albert Uy.

Reps. Rene Relampagos and Arthur Yap managed to catch up with the awarding event.

The awarding was also witnessed by some other cabinet secretaries, including Department of Finance Sec. Carlos Domiguez III who is now in Bohol for the ASEAN Meeting on Taxation in Panglao starting tomorrow.

Being a finalist then was already deemed a good endorsement of Bohol to more investors—and even just to those finding ideal destinations for major conventions and conferences.

Another ASEAN conference, this time on foreign affairs matters, will be held in Bohol in the second week of November before the ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in Manila in the same month.


On October 20 or a day after the PCCI award in Manila, Bohol was awarded in Cebu City as the “Most Outstanding Province” for Fund Disbursement of the I-BUILD Program under the World Bank-assisted Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

The award was received by a Bohol team from Department of Agriculture Reg’l Dir. Remelyn Recoter during the Finance Review and Assessment Workshop of the PRDP – PSO Visayas Cluster – Finance Unit at the Cityscape Hotel.

Since 2010, Bohol has been awarded/conferred the Seal of Good Local Governance, Seal of Good Housekeeping, Gawad Pamana ng Lahi and Galing Pook Award, among others.

Under Chatto, Bohol has been acclaimed number one among the “Best-Governed Provinces” in the country under the Local Government Performance Management System of the Department of Interior and Local Government. (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