TAGBILARAN CITY, June 13 (PIA)--Amidst pouring rains, Governor Edgar Chatto rallied Boholanos to continue making independence day relevant by continuing the struggle against poverty and inequality even as he translated the rains as a sign of nurturing the seeds to feed the country.
Speaking at the gathering of Boholanos in time for the 118th Independence Day Commemoration, Sunday June 12, at the Plaza Rizal, Chatto reminded everyone that the freedom which the country earned after the Spanish and American occupations is never completed.
"Freedom is not what we get after June 12, 1898," Chatto stressed as rains pounded on the makeshift tents installed at the Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran, from where the commemorative program was held.
"Every year, we remember the past and live with the challenges of poverty and inequality in wealth, opportunities, injustice and criminality" the governor who led the commemorative program after a wreath laying and Flag raising ceremonies said.
Urging for citizens participation in the task of guarding the freedom and realizing the dream of true independence, Chatto called people to make the call once they see service inefficiency.
"In fear, we are not free," he stressed as he tried pitching for more participation in calling against being shortchanged in government.
Not calling against "inefficiency of services is corruption," he stressed.
The governor, who has been largely engaging everyone to help in economically moving up and be a strong province, knew that Bohol used to frequent the bottom poorest provinces in the country.
Now with the tourism, trade and industry as well as combined effects of information technology and agriculture, Chatto again urged everyone to help analyze where the economic growth is going.
This, he said, "assures that more inclusive growth can be attained."
Even then, he also engaged everyone to be reminded of their roles in the transformation of the nation.
According to the governor, "the bottom line is not just collective independence but collective partaking of our responsibilities."
Amidst the pounding rain which kept independence day event attendees scurry under tents and shades to escape from the drenching rain, Chatto also thanked the President Aquino who is soon bowing out of service.
He cited the Administration's help in the reconstruction and helping Bohol rise up from the calamities.
Everything we attained would be continued by the Boholanos, Chatto assured.
With a new Administration however, he called for support and prayers for the new leadership. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)