By Rey Anthony Chiu | 09:36 AM July 01, 2022
Elections may be over, bitterness left behind, but newly assumed Bohol Governor Erico Aristotle Aumentado said, “for the entire Boholano who were wronged,” he will not allow the injustices then to be “swept under the rug.”
Working over the allegations of irregularities and questionable transactions of the Provincial Government and its offices and employees in the past few years as reported by the media and the social media, the governor defended his move, not as witch hunting but uncovering the truth in a clean-up drive.
Campaigning on the platform of clean governance and prioritizing the welfare of the Boholanos, the commitment to achieve the objective, the governor sees the need for an office to review the Provincial Government’s performance as well as its offices and employees in relation to the legal mandates.
Such is to determine accountability and culpability, if any, under the law.
The assurance of exposing the truth, the newly sworn governor incorporated in his first official acts of the day, Executive Order No 2, series of 2022-Aumentado which establishes the Office of Governance, Accountability and Review (OGAR), to spearhead his administration’s exposing the truth.
The newly created office, which shall be under the office of the governor, will identify Provincial Government activities committed by its offices or employees which appear to be in violation of the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Government Officials and Employees.
The EO however is specific to the provincial government activities prior to July 1, 2022.
Comprising the office are heads of the Provincial Government offices led by the Provincial Administrator and a representative from the private sector as co-chair.
Its members include the Provincial Planning and Development Officer, Provincial Budget Officer, head of the Bohol Investment and Promotion Center, the Provincial Veterinarian, Provincial Internal Auditor, Provincial Tourism Officer, Provincial Legal Officer and representatives from the private sector and other offices under the Provincial Government as may be designated by the governor.
The order takes effect immediately. (rahc/PIA_7/Bohol)