Edgardo Migriño Chatto or Edgar M. Chatto was born on February 21, 1960 to the late Eladio Chatto and former Mayor of Balilihan, Bohol Mrs. Victoria Migriño Chatto.He is happily married to Maria Pureza Veloso-Chatto and they are blessed with one daughter Esther Patrisha Veloso-Chatto.
He finished his college degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman School of Economics and his bachelor of laws at the Divine Word College-Tagbilaran City.
He took up his master’s degree in Government Management at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Graduate School of Business and Management as a DILG-LGA Scholar.
As a DILG-LGA Scholar, he was hailed most outstanding graduate of the Local Administration and Development course at the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance.
|He also became a Ford Foundation Scholar of Public Sector Management for Senior Managers in the Government at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachussetts, USA. In public service for thirty years, he started his political career as Board Member of the Province of Bohol representing the youth sector when he served as president of the Kabataang Barangay from 1980 to 1986. In 1988, he was elected as municipal mayor of the municipality of Balilihan, Bohol and served until 1995. He became Vice Governor of the province of Bohol and served as vice governor from 1995 – 2001. From 2001 up to 2010, he was a member of the House of Representatives as representative of the first district of Bohol. Even as congressman and as vice governor, he has been a consistent advocate for the causes of pro-life, pro-family, sustainable agriculture, environmental protection and conservation, eco-cultural tourism, empowerment at the barangay level, land reform, and the welfare of overseas workers.In the Fourteenth Congress, he was the Chairperson of the House Committee on Tourism, Senior Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Basic Education.He was also a member of the committees on Appropriations, Civil Service and Professional Regulation, Ethics and Privileges, Foreign Affairs, Games and Amusements, Higher and Technical Education, Justice, People’s Participation, Public Works and Highways, and Trade and Industry.
Among the landmark legislations he principally authored or co-authored are: RA 9722 Converting the Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and Technology (CVSCAFT System) into the Bohol Island State University; RA 9547 Expanding the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES Law), also known as the Expanded Summer Job Law; RA 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009, which is hailed as the “Bible of the Philippine Tourism Industry”; RA 9502 or the Cheaper Medicines Act; RA 9653 or the Rent Control Law; RA 9520, amending the Cooperative Code of the Philippines; RA 9700, strengthening the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program; RA 9711, strengthening the Regulatory Capacity of the Bureau of Food and Drugs, and RA 4213, establishing the National Book Development Trust Fund.