Bohol’s Choice Cuts
By Loy M. Palapos
January 4, 2015
EDGARDO MIGRIÑO CHATTO
THE BRAIN OF BOHOL
The unexpected passing away of former Governor–Congressman Erico Aumentado has left a void in Bohol governance. Fortunately, the younger generation of Boholano leaders are capable of taking the cudgels of public service and groove the Province to unlimited advancement… limitless, because projections should aspire for the stars, and they are within reach by leaders who have proven themselves victorious in their previous pursuits; that they have what it takes to confront the most malevolent obstacles; that they have the fortitude to withstand the onslaught of catastrophes; that they have the brain to pave the way to progress.
Nobody has the right to head a Municipality, City, Province, or Country if he has no brain. It is fortunate that in Bohol, most leaders have that priceless possession safety tacked between their ears. Except for a few megalomaniacs whose belief in themselves borders on the pathological and idiotic.
That Atty. Edgardo Migriño Chatto has a lot to offer in the brains department is unquestionably fool-proof. Or else, he would not survive in the political jungle, where sometimes one cannot identify the devil from the Angel.
Edgar Chatto, was born on February 21, 1960 to the late former Assemblyman Eladio Chatto of Balilihan and Victoria Migriño Chatto of Dauis, who was once the Mayor of Balilihan. With an uncle who was once the Governor of Bohol, Atty. Chatto is a certified pedigree in public service.
Edgar, as he is popularly called, has always been on top of the ladder either as a student or as a professional. He finished his Bachelor of Arts major in Economics, at the University of the Philippines (Dean’s List) while serving as Board Member of Bohol, as President of Kabataang Barangay at 20. He pursued his Bachelor of Laws at the Ateneo de Manila University and finished the degree at the Divine Word College (HNU) as Cum Laude), while serving as Mayor of Balilihan at age 27 (1988-95). He was granted a scholarship at the University of the Philippines College of Public Administration where he graduated Valedictorian. He became Bohol’s Vice Governor at the age of 35, was given a scholarship in Master in Government Management at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, where he graduated with a grade-point average of 1.04 (Summa Cum Laude). He was awarded a full scholarship by the Ford Foundation (Senior Managers in Government Program) at the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University, for a course in Public Sector Management.
As Mayor of Balilihan, he was elected as national Deputy Secretary-General of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines and during his first term as Vice Governor he was elected National President of the 4, 000 strong National Movement of Young Legislators. Congressman Chatto represented the Filipino youth and local officials in international conventions, conferences, and study visits to the USA, Canada, Germany, England, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hongkong, Japan, Colombia, Tunisia, Iran, and London. He was chosen to lead the Philippine Delegation to the United States Socio-Political Immersion Program in 1997, was member of the six-man Philippine delegation to observe dispute settlement in the People’s Republic of China, and was co-chairman of the Asia-Pacific Conference of Young Leaders known as the Junior APEC in Manila in 1996. He represented the country in the International Students Congress in Rome in 1979 and the Asian Youth Forum in Tokyo in 1982. He took up Market Feasibility of Cottage Industry Products in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Vancouver and Toronto in 1986 and studied Decentralization and Local Self-Administration in Germany in 1991.
For his commitment, sacrifice, and service, Congressman Chatto was conferred the following awards: National Centennial Lingkod Bayan Awards of Outstanding Work Performance by the Civil Service Commission (2000); One of the Ten Exemplary Individuals of the Visayas and Mindanao by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Incorporated (RAFI), 2000; Most Outstanding Vice Governor (1997); Most Outstanding Mayor of the Philippines (1991) and Mayor of the Year of the Province of Bohol and Region VII (1990); Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon Award for Highly Distinguished Leadership in Promoting Humanitarian Objectives, Philippine National Red Cross Highest Award (1997); One of the Ten Outstanding Boholanos Around the World (TOBAW) 1998; Lessage Award for Most Outstanding Alumnus (1997); National Presidential Leadership Award for Outstanding Youth Leaders (Parangal sa Pamumuno) 1985; Leadership Awards from Gerry Roxas Foundation, Science Foundation of the Philippines, Kabataang Barangay, Local Administration and Development Program Alumni Association of the Philippines, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, National Gold HAMIS Award (Health and Management Information System); Galing-Pook Award and Clean and Green Contest; Most Outstanding Alumnus for Local Government Services by the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) 1996; and many more.
Edgar Chatto is the Pioneer in the country’s modified Purok Network, which gained national recognition, was an organizer of the Regional Search for Ten Outstanding Barangay Officials of the Year (TOBOY), and initiator of the NMYL-DECS Awards for Excellence. He co-authored the Katarungang Pambarangay Simplified Handbook.
As a legislator, Edgar has various significant contributions. He authored provincial ordinances creating the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse council (PADAC) and its counterpart, the MADAC (Municipal), the CADAC (City), and the BADAC (Barangay); the Build-a-Library-Build-A-Future Project; the Center for Drug Education and Counseling (CEDEC); the bibliotherapy of Mobile Library and Clinic Project; the Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Scholarship Program; the Overseas Workers Welfare Assistance Desk; the Barangay Reading and Information Center; the Provincial Revenue and Administrative Codes; the Environment Code (the first in the country); and the creation of the legislative research arm, the Special Projects Unit (SPU).
Chatto is also passionately involved in various socio-civic and professional organizations. He is a Trustee of Life Philippines Foundation; Regional President of the Local Administration Development Program Alumni Association of the Philippines (LADPAAP); President of the UP Alumni Association; Past President, Bohol “Sandugo” Jaycees; Past President of the UP Kadugong Bol-anon; Charter President, Leo Club of Tagbilaran; Past Diocesan Consultant, Campus Ministry-Student Catholic Action; Secretary of the Philippine National Red Cross Board; member, Rotary Club of Metro Tagbilaran, Toastmasters Club, and Ship for South East Asia Youth Program Alumni Association.
Atty. Edgar M. Chatto is now on his first term as the Governor of Bohol. As a collective impact of his principle of shared leadership, Bohol has soared to greater heights bagging regional and national honors: the TESDA Kabalikat Awards, a grandslam win at the 2011 Grand Nutrition Awards for outstanding nutrition programs in the Region; the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, the Seal of Good Housekeeping, the Gawad Bayanihan, where the Province of Bohol was distinguished as the Best Stakeholder for Internal Peace and Security Plan during the 76th Anniversary of the AFP; the Galing Pook Award for the Provincial Government’s multi-sectoral, integrated approach in the control of rabies; the DepEd 2011 Excellence Award; the Award by the National Museum of the Philippines for its outstanding implementation of the National Museum’s projects and programs, the Award for TaRSIER 117, cited by the Bureau of Fire Protection for its outstanding commitment and support in the fire-fighting operations in the campaign towards fire-safe communities and as an emergency response system during accidents, crimes, disasters and other emergencies; the Outstanding Philippine Organic Agriculturists (TOPOA ) Award in the Local Government Unity category for 2011; 2nd Most Outstanding Library (Bohol Provincial Library) in the entire country; Best Governed Province for two consecutive years, 2010 and 2011; the 2012 Best Pair (Partner in Anti-Illegal Recruitment); and Bohol is named as Learning Destination for Good Environmental Governance, Tourism and Benchmarking destination of DOT-ADB, DILG, and AUSAID.
Edgar is happily married to Ma. Pureza Veloso Chatto, a registered nurse and a graduate in Mass Communication at UP Diliman, and is blessed with a beautiful and talented daughter, Esther Patrisha a graduating student in Bachelor of Arts in European Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University. His family conjures a lineage of accomplished politicians, but Chatto can always hold a candle with his forebears in terms of dedicated public service. He is a class all his own, and his star is still soaring high.
Being a Governor, he is the brain of Bohol, and on his shoulder lies the burden of leading the Province to prosperity.