The Central Command (CENTCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) based at Camp Lapulapu in Cebu City awarded Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto during its 16th Founding Anniversary the other Tuesday.
The award acknowledged Chatto’s invaluable contributions to the programs and advocacies of AFP.
A number of peace and security programs and activities of his administration have been in pursuit of the underlying principle of Chatto’s governance which he calls shared leadership.
His leadership has maintained strong coordination with the different law enforcement agencies and peacekeeping forces like the army.
This had paved the way for the neutralization of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) whose entry and attempt to sow terror in the province were crushed.
The province’s strong linkage with the military has also been pivotal to the government success in the conduct of different peace and security operations, maintaining the province’s insurgency-free status.
Chatto could not, however, personally receive the award because he was one of only five governors invited to the ASEAN Leaders Summit gala dinner for the presidents from different countries in Manila.
Still, the governor, in turn, congratulated the Philippine Army 47th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col Eufracio Joel Malig, Jr. and 302nd Brigade led by Brig. Gen Arnulfo C. Matanguihan.
Both army commands have always been strong partners of the provincial government in sustaining Bohol’s condition against any peace and security threats.
The award to Chatto was presented by AFP Chief of Staff Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, who was at the same time the honoured guest and speaker during the CENTCOM anniversary and honoring.
Chatto’s chief of staff, Liza M. Quirog, along with Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry M. Pamugas, represented the governor in receiving the award. (Ramil Rodela)