Chatto thanks US Envoy who cares, loves Bohol

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Gov. Edgar Chatto has thanked outgoing US Amb. Philip Golberg for doing significantly for Bohol, a Philippine place and a home to a people that have most impressed him.
Goldberg’s trail of diplomacy and goodwill has helped recover Bohol’s tourism from the impact of the devastating earthquake exactly three years ago on Saturday, October 15.
Chatto on Wednesday personally expressed the Boholanos’ appreciation for the support and help extended to the province by the American envoy.
They met at the Manila Hotel luncheon meeting hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Philippines) in honor of Goldberg, who is about to end his tour of duty in the country. AmCham Executive Director David Ebb Hinchliffe invited the Bohol governor to the farewell event for the US diplomat.
Along with then United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Country Director Gloria Steele, Goldberg visited Bohol immediately after the 2013 epic earthquake.
They joined the effort to rehabilitate the severely battered island-province, especially for the recovery of the tourism industry.
The USAID largely and critically assisted the local tourism recovery master plan.
In a recent interview of Karen Davila, program host of “Headstart at ANC” asked Goldberg which Philippine places he was most impressed.
The first answer to the ambassador from the world’s most powerful nation was “Bohol”. Having gone to Bohol on more than one occasion, he expressed particular fondness for the “warmth of the Boholanos” as a people and the sensational tourist spots in the island paradise.
Before his Philippine diplomatic mission, Goldberg had been assigned to many places such as Kosovo, Chile, and Bolivia.
Goldberg witnessed some important cooperation projects in Bohol as in the signing, with Chatto for the province on the Bohol Government-Industry-Academe Council for Human Capital Development in 2015.
On that same visit was signed between the USAID and Tagbilaran City government, under Mayor John Geesnel Yap II, the agreement on the Cities Development Initiative (CDI).
The CDI provides for the cooperation with USAID for the “catalytic, sustainable, transparent, and equitable economic growth” of Bohol’s lone city.
Unknown to many, Goldberg once snorkeled in the Danajon reef of northwestern Bohol, which is the only double-barrier reef in the country and one of only few on the planet.
Meanwhile, Goldberg’s counterpart and new Philippine Ambassador to the US, Marciano Paynor, formally “acknowledged with appreciation” the Boholanos’ felicitation expressed by Chatto on his appointment by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
Paynor thanked Chatto for supporting the hosting of the series of meetings for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in 2017.