Bohol rises out of devastating 2013 earthquake

Published October 15, 2018, 6:30 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Dave Albarado

TAGBILARAN CITY – Bohol remembered on Monday the devastation of the 2013 great earthquake.

And since then, the people of Bohol have seen great strides towards recovery from the devastation, according to Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto.

Chatto pointed out the quake made the Boholano people more resilient and tougher against the daunting challenges provided by natural or man-made disasters.

The Boholanos, instead of wailing in agony from the devastation of the great earthquake, have overcome the gargantuan crisis by pushing for a mammoth recovery effort leading to huge rehabilitation gains.

The monumental rehabilitation effort has changed the province with the rise of new, resilient and better buildings, schools, centers, ports, roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Chatto said the morning of October 15, 2013, taught Boholanos problem-solving skills, and better planning skills.

According to the Effective Development Communication Unit of the Capitol, the core shelter programs of the province were significantly accomplished.

With the scale of devastation, Bohol was not expected to post dramatic gains in its poverty reduction, competitiveness, and economic growth programs.

Bohol has also been cited by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for recording an annual 9 percent economic growth average from 2015 to 2017.

The Philippine Statistics Authority also ranked Bohol second among the provinces in the country having the biggest number of poor lifted out of poverty.