Against the challenge of economic advancement, Gov. Edgar Chatto would want all local government units (LGUs) to stay business-friendly while improving their governance.

When the government stirs the condition for investments to thrive, it paves the way for optimum development, the governor said.

The marching of the governor came amid reports that some town mayors are reportedly giving new business establishments difficulties in acquiring the Mayor’s Permit with indication of some “tong” collection practiced by some of their departments. In fact, a confirmed report reaching the Chronicle that one coastal town is noted to have asked big-time business players to personally see first the town mayor before they be issued the Mayor’s Permit.

Reacting to this, Gov. Chatto asked the public to expose these erring town executives through the media.

In an executive order he signed at the Partners’ Forum at the Bohol Tropics on Friday, Chatto enjoined the local chief executives to “continue maintaining and ensuring business-friendly” LGUs.

The foremost challenge now is how to keep Bohol on top, the governor said as he shared to other development stakeholders the “Most Business-Friendly Province” Award.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) gave Bohol the award in grand recognition of the province’s successful initiatives for a business-conducive environment.

LGUs have the essential role in sustaining good governance reforms to promote trade and investments, transparency and accountability, and efficiency in business services fuelling up local inclusive growth.

Chatto cited the need for LGUs to strengthen trade, investment and tourism promotions, compliance to the Anti-Red tape Act, and fiscal transparency.

All these do help provide an encouraging business climate and facilitate trade and industry development, he said.

In his executive order, the governor ordained the following:

“Section 1.  Investment Promotion.  The LGUs must establish investment promotion and generation strategies to advance equitable local development;

“Section 2.  Anti-Red tape Act.  The LGUs must be compliant with the Anti-Red tape Act, particularly in the area of business processing and licensing system;

“Section 3.  Fiscal Transparency.  The LGUs must practice fiscal transparency and implement sound financial policies;

“Section 4.  Trade, Investment and Promotion.  The LGUs are encouraged to display competence and commitment to generate local revenue and employment by enabling competitive business environment through policies, incentives and infrastructure that support sustainable local economic development;

“Section 5.  Public-Private Sector Partnership (PPP).  The LGUs must consider the interest of the private sector as an important development partner and ensure its representation to local councils for the successful implementation of projects;

“Section 6.  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development.  The LGUs must institute policies and implement programs geared towards the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises;

“Section 7.  Quality Management Systems and Innovations.  Available resources such as information and communication technology, creative promotional materials and campaigns must be explored to promote local economy;

“Section 8.  Quality Customer Service.  Business-friendly procedures, professional and transparent dealings in the issuance of business permits, building and occupancy permits, and real property tax declarations must be implemented the LGUs; and

“Section 9.  LGU Collaboration.  Close coordination of efforts, services and resources with other government units must be strengthened to ensure effective and smooth implementation of programs.

The PCCI award to Bohol handed no less by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to Chatto at the 43rdPhilippine Business Conference in Manila last October 19 could mean the province is now both a domestic and global investment destination.


Business sources said the recognition is a big blessing in disguise as it gives Bohol a timely necessary advantage on the heels of the huge fall of the country’s global ranking in the ease of doing business.

It causes greater interest and makes Bohol glow over other emerging Philippine growth areas to the eyes of the international investors, they said.

That is precisely why the distinction “must tell us all to be consistent in our business-friendly policies,” Chatto said during his weekly media forum “Kita ug Ang Gobernador” on Friday.

But he also said LGUs have the mandate if there may be any need to tighten a little certain regulatory requirements for the interest of the general public.

During the Bohol Energy Development Advisory Group (BEDAG) meeting on Monday, the governor said that, after the Bohol award, investors have been told to put in place their right investments.

At the same meeting, four more power companies presented their proposals, now bringing to 49 the number of potential investors in Bohol’s power development program. 

At the Provincial Peace and Order Council – Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council joint meeting on Monday, the governor said investments in Bohol will not be impeded by peace and order concerns.

Chatto said Bohol treasures peace, and is doubly watchful in keeping it, because “without peace, there is no business, there is no tourism, there is no development.”

The province’s image as an irresistible, choice convention destination further bodes well for Bohol’s aggressive investment promotion.

Bohol is hosting another Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting—the fourth here this year—before the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Manila and Clark, Pampanga this month.

The theme of the ASEAN 2017—“One Shared Vision, Prosperity for All”—is exactly a message to the Boholanos told in the award conferred to Bohol from the country’s biggest business organization, Chatto said. (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