Tagbilaran City – Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto laid out a 10-point priority agenda for this year and beyond for the continued development of the province as a major tourist destination.
Chatto said he expects the Bohol-Panglao airport to be completed in June and to start operation in August. The airport will trigger an upsurge in development, making it necessary to build the third Tagbilaran City-Panglao Island bridge.
In his radio program, Chatto said the agenda also calls for the completion of the new provincial capitol complex and the expansion of the roads leading to the landmark government center.
The old Spanish-era capitol building that has been restored will be opened for public viewing on July 22 in time for the celebration of Bohol’s founding day as a province, he said. The building is the Bohol branch of the National Museum.
Chatto said it was time for Bohol to have its own power generation facilities. The province gets it electricity from the Leyte grid.
“We need a more sustainable and resilient power generation facilities right here in the province. I’m happy to say that the competitive bidding for One Bohol Power (1BP) project is finally done,” he said.
The bidding for the bulk water supply packages among clustered towns will also start this year, he went on.
Another big project is the construction of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas branch in Bohol in the first quarter of 2018. The branch which is expected to rise near Panglao airport at the Dauis side of the island, will be manned by about 40 officers and personnel, Chatto said.
There is also a plan to launch Bohol as the dairy capital of the Philippines, with the support of the Department of Agriculture (DA).