Thursday, July 23, 2015

Chatto hands Gov's awards 
to 4 outstanding Boholanos

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 22 (PIA)--Governor Edgar Chatto personally handed distinctions and recognitions to four Boholanos and a special citation to a local government operations executive July 22 as Bohol commemorated its 161st founding anniversary following the province's separation from Cebu, in 1854. 

Called the Governor's Award, the special citations are given to Boholanos who have carved special niches for their names in the different fields of endeavor, as is customary for every Bohol Day celebrations. 

For her outstanding achievements in business enterprise, Victoria Wallace-Sandidge, who used to work as a nurse in New York, returned to Bohol to pursue a passion for farming and bought a 4.5 hectare property which she later transformed into Bohol's most iconic organic food restaurant: the Bohol Bee Farm. 

Winner of the Best Entrepreneur award in Bohol, Sandidge expanded her bee farm into food, novelty and hotel operations which is now among the top reasons why tourists should visit Bohol. 

In the field of Social Service, this year's Governor's Award is Mateo Quilas, a physically challenged man who singlehandedly organized one of Bohol's most active persons with disabilities sector. 

Sight impaired but yet president of the strong Bohol Federation of Disabled Persons, Quilas won the 2005 Disable Filipino of the Year Award along with other Apolinario Mabini Awardees. He also led his group into bagging the Gawad Eugenio Lopez Bayaning Filipino Awards in 2014. 

In the field of public transport, specifically in shipping, a Boholano Lucio Enerio Lim, also earned the Governor's Award.

A son of the Lim Enerio families, Lucio started their businesses with Lirio Enterprises (Lim and Enerio) and then shifted into shipping to accommodate the transport of their key trading products which included salt, rice, cement and fertilizers. When their family entered into the shipping industry in Bohol, Lite Shipping also became one of Bohol's iconic symbols of cargo and passenger shipping services. 

In the field of boxing, a Boholano Olympian who grabbed silver in the 1967 ASEAN Games in Colombo Sri Lanka, and who was the country's only winner in the 5 man Philippine boxing team in the 1968 Mexico Olympics bagged the Governor's Award. 

Teogenes Peligrino, who lives in Basdio Guindulman carved himself enough space in the country's boxing history when he knocked a Ethiopian boxer in the first round of eliminations. 

Also accorded the Governor's Award, in a special citation is former DILG Bohol Provincial Director now assigned in region 12. 

Ananias Villacorta contributed so much for Bohol's post earthquake rehabilitation that the governor and his awards committee deemed it proper to hand the award to the non-Boholano but has proven enough to exhibit the heart of one. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Bohol launches "Galing Purok 
Awards" at 161th Bohol Day

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 22 (PIA)--Now proving that it is trailblazing in its innovations in local governance, Bohol launched "Galing Purok Awards", a recognition system that will again hammer the point that it is in fact, a social laboratory in local governance innovation July 22, 2015. 

Launched at the 161st Bohol Day and the 4th year anniversary of the Purok Power Movement (PPM), the awards, which come in 21 categories, aims to recognize purok systems in their implementation of the duties and responsibilities contributive to the development of their respective local governments.

Moreover, the awards program hopes to encourage the puroks to document their programs and possibly share it for replication to other LGUS while it encourages LGUS to emulate form the good practices in citizen and community participation and thus encourage more information and communication flow in the country, according to awards concept design shared to the local media at the Bohol Cultural Center. 

Strengthened by Bohol's implementation of the PPM as a leading strategy and conduit of all Provincial and national government programs channeled through the province, the system takes advantage of the bite-sized unit of the society to bring a more personalized, more focused and practically more effective cascading of information and benefits, explains Governor Edgar Chatto during the PPM launching. 

In Bohol, local governments adopt their development framework to the Health, Education, Agriculture Development, Tourism and Information Technology anchored on the more encompassing slogan Health, Environment Leadership and youth development, Peace and Order and Sports, Livelihood, Infrastructure, Food, Education, to attain Bohol's Inclusive Growth leading to Equitable and Accelerated Progress or simply HEAT IT HELPS LIFE to attain BIG LEAP. 

Launched in 2011, PPM successfully implemented projects with the partnership of barangay, municipal and provincial governments as well as national government agencies whose mandates directly affect the barangay's smallest social units. 

Foremost among the 21 awards is the prestigious Best Purok, which goes to the purok with the highest accumulated total points of the following categories: Best Purok Center, Model Purok Leader, Model Purok Secretary, Outstanding Purok Sectoral Working Committee (SWC) for Disaster Risk Response and Management, Outstanding Purok Integrated Natural Resource and Environment Management Program, outstanding Purok Information System, Outstanding Purok FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY, Model Purok SCW Volunteer for Education.

Model Purok Community Sector Volunteer for Youth Leadership, Model Purok SWC Volunteer for Health, Model Purok SWC Volunteer for Tourism and Livelihood, Model PPM Community Organizer, Model PPM Peace and Development Worker Team member, Model PPM Pulis sa Barangay, Model PPM Partner Barangay, Model PPM Partner Agency, Model PPM Peace and Development Team, Model PPM Pro Team and Best PPM Public Safety and Maneuver Team. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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