LIBERAL PARTY (LP) PROVINCIAL CHAIR Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, and Municipal Chairman Mayor Ric Suarez, kicked-off the LP National Electoral Campaign in the Municipality of Sagbayan yesterday.
An agricultural town in the Second District, it was the ground zero and epicenter of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake which brought great havoc to Bohol in October of 2013.
Both formidable Boholano leaders took turns in thanking Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, LP Presidential Standard Bearer Mar Roxas, Members of the Aquino Cabinet, non-government organizations (NGOs), Civil Society groups and countless “brave hearts” who helped Bohol rise from the ashes and recover quickly despite countless odds.
“It would have been very difficult stabilizing Bohol’s infrastructure, livelihood, tourism, trade and commerce without a strong national government and multi-sectoral support,” Gov. Chatto acknowledged.
“The Mar-Leni leadership will ensure continuity of Bohol’s full recovery and development plan,” the multi-awarded leader of Bohol firmly added.
Mayor Suarez on his part, appealed to all the people of Sagbayan to fully support the Mar-Leni tandem, “all for the victory of Sagbayan and Bohol.”
Suarez, who is running unopposed for the 2016 elections, recalled how the former Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and now, Administration Presidential Standard Bearer, braved the scorching heat of the sun and the pouring rain during site inspections of reconstruction works in their ravaged town.
Lately, town residents are enjoying their newly-reconstructed P52M public market, holding important events under the roof of their colorful and newly-rehabilitated P23.4M covered court, treading the town’s widened and newly-paved farm-to-market roads (FMRs), provincial tourism highway and reconstructed barangay roads and bridges, and holding office inside rehabilitated establishments.
In the exact words of LP Presidentiable Mar Roxas in one of his visits here, “facilities such as public markets, civic centers, and town halls were prioritized for these are essential to the delivery of public goods and services, as well as to restoring normalcy in a community.”
In time with the electoral launching, the town also commemorated its 67th Foundation Day themed, “Ang Dugtong Ngadto sa Labing Malambuong Sagbayan.”
Celebrating with Sagbayanons were Board Members Tomas Abapo and Antonio “Tony Pet” Ouano, DepEd local officials who gathered together to choose their 2016 Mr. & Ms. DepEd, the PNP, AFP, students and other guests.
Mayor Suarez also wholeheartedly thanked the national government for the town’s new PNP and fire stations.
“Sagbayan is a showcase of what National Government, Provincial government, and multi-sectoral help can do to help bring back quick recovery to a disaster-stricken locality,” Gov. Chatto beamed proudly.
Earlier, Gov. Chatto also joined the Department of Health (DOH) and Ubay municipal officials led by Mayor Galicano Atup and Vice-Mayor Nelson Uy in the launching of its High Impact Caravan and Turn-over Ceremony for Universal Health Care (UHC), part of DOH’s Medical Assistance Program (MAP).
Health care, said the governor, being integral and universal, is one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty.
Gracing the event were DOH USEC Dr. Vicente Belizario, Jr., DOH Regional Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas, Dr. Elizabeth Caluag of the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, and other Health officials.
Mayor Atup informed the Ubayanons of the Provincial Government’s generosity by pouring in different kinds of assistance to their beloved hometown, emotionally thanking the governor for helping Ubay through thick and thin, especially the bringing in of the famous HEAT IT Bohol Caravan to their town last year.
He also thanked Gov. Chatto for the town’s second RHU building which is now being constructed in Barangay San Pascual; prompting the local leadership to plan for its third one in Barangay Biabas.
Gov. Chatto adamantly believes that programs should be brought closer to, and well understood by, the people, so that they could be easily accessed by them.