TAGBILARAN CITY – Provincial Board Member Godofreda O. Tirol has urged her colleagues in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to prescribe rules on “adopting sons of Bohol.” “But it is just fitting and proper for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to set Rules or any policy for that matter, or criteria before any one will be given such award or recognition,” Tirol told her colleagues during the July 10 session presided over by Senior Board Member Atty. Dionisio D. Balite.
Though she did not oppose to the recent move of the provincial board in adopting three bigwigs who are expected to grace Bohol Day as sons of Bohol, Tirol added, “Discussions had been made on the awarding of such recognition for any person having noteworthy deeds and assistance for the development of the Province of Bohol as adopted son.”
Her manifestation on this score was made into motion, approved and referred to the Committee on Rules, SP minutes showed. It has been a practice of the Capitol tenants to hand pick who would be adopted as sons of Bohol without clear-cut policy or criteria, a Capitol source said. Three bigwigs, two foreigners and one Filipino, are expected to grace the Bohol Day celebration on July 22, 2015.
Provincial Board Member Cesar Tomas Lopez said that, “As we shall see later, there are three (3) Guests of Honor during the Bohol Day on July 22; and these are Hon Manuel A. Roxas II, DILG Secretary, Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. William Tweddell, and Mr. KIM Kwang Nam from Korea, Retired Director-General from the UN World Tourism Organization. Each one of these persons contributed to the Province of Bohol.”
As this developed, the board unanimously approved Resolution No. 2015-324, “conferring on Hon. Manuel A. Roxas II, Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the title, “Adopted Son of Bohol”, in profound recognition and gratitude for his unwavering support to the Province of Bohol through the implementation of various programs and projects.”
Lopez cited Roxas’ “support to the Province of Bohol in the release of the Bohol Earthquake Assistance Fund among others, and other relevant projects for the Province of Bohol.”
Ambassador of Australia to the Philippines William Tweddell was made “Adopted Son of Bohol in grateful recognition and appreciation for his notable deeds and great contribution to the Province of Bohol.”
The envoy’s adoption was made possible by Resolution No. 2015-325, “Conferring on His Excellency William Tweddell, Ambassador of Australia to the Philippines, the title, Adopted Son of Bohol” also approved by the SP.
The board, in unanimous motion, also approved Resolsution No. 2015-326, “Conferring on Mr. Kim Kwang Nam, retired Director-General of the Secretariat of the United Nations-World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO), STEP Foundation, and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Senior Volunteer in Bohol, the title, “Adopted Son of Bohol”, in recognition for his noteworthy deeds and assistance for the development of the Province of Bohol.” (rvo)