Vol. 8 No. 395
Sunday, April 8, 2012
   
  Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines



Barangay visits as opportunities to reach out to people
Chatto makes day special for barangay folks

It was to be ordinary midday spent watching rice grains dry under the hot sun but it turned out to be a special one for residents of Brgy. Mantalongon in the town of Sagbayan. Gov. Edgar Chatto who was in the area due to other engagements came by to turn over a computer that the barangay officials had requested for.

Several other barangays expressed the same joy and gratitude during random visits in their respective neighborhoods by the head of the province. Officials of Brgy. San Isidro in the same town who had just come out of their barangay hall after their session, for instance, had the chance to speak with Gov. Chatto. They were able to relay the burden of lack of teaching staff at their integrated school where the three teachers are being paid for by the barangay and the alumni. To this, Chatto immediately contacted Special Education Consultant Dr. Cerina Bolos to attend to the matter. The same concern was addressed in Brgy. San Carlos, Talibon.

In San Vicente Sur, Sagbayan, Chatto was able to see for himself the barangay’s consistent winner for backyard garden. Its owner, Avelina Payag, proudly informed the governor of the good harvest she was able to sell during the town’s foundation day. The project is in line with the Bahay Kubo FAITH (Food Always In The Home) program, one of the banner programs for poverty reduction.

During activities in various parts of the province, Chatto has made it a habit to inquire about the welfare of the people in the barangays, their needs, and projects being implemented in their localities. He says this has been proven as an effective means of being able to check on whether or not government services reach the people and to immediately provide a response where appropriate.

Residents in various barangays where he has visited shared truly being able to feel that their voices are being heard, most admittedly pleasantly surprised that the province’s top leader would take time to be with them.

Indeed, Chatto lives up to his promise of bringing development initiatives at the grassroots level, where direct service delivery does not stop at People’s Day at the Capitol or in sub-offices at the municipalities of Talibon, Carmen, and Jagna. Neither does it end at the most comprehensive convergence of services that is the HEAT Bohol caravan.

The Provincial Government has currently put in the forefront the Countryside Development Program-Purok Power Movement for poverty reduction. The program banks on the power of the purok system as a medium for a more effective delivery of basic social services and for the implementation of Provincial Government projects. It also serves as an effective mechanism for feedback, letting government put resources where it is most needed. (Leah/EDCom)


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