By J. Jala | 11:48 AM November 04, 2022
Former governors of Bohol – Victor De la Serna, Constancio Torralba and David Tirol- were honored on Friday, Nov. 4 as Bohol commemorated the 126th birth anniversary of Bohol’s most illustrious son Carlos Polestico Garcia (CPG).
They were given posthumous awards during a commemorative program in honor of Garcia which was attended by Marilou Valmoria-Fudalan, a descendant of Garcia, and local officials.
Torralba became officer-in-charge governor from October 26, 1987 –
December 1 1987. He was former undersecretary of DPWH under Pres. Corazon C. Aquino. He was elected governor from February 2, 1988 –June 30, 1992. He died in 2019.
Tirol was elected governor June 30, 1992
June 30, 1995. He was was appointed OIC-governor March 4, 1978 –
March 27, 1978. He died this year.
Dela Serna was the first Boholano bar topnotcher in 1965. He also served as a delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention and was appointed officer-in-charge governor (March 16, 1986 –October 7, 1987) of Bohol following the 1986 People Power Revolution.
Gov. Aris Aumentado and Vice Gov. Victor Balite led Boholanos in lineup of activities that began with flag raising, wreath laying, and 21-gun salute ceremonies at the Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Park at the New Capitol Site.
Garcia, who was born in Talibon town, became the 4th president of the Republic of the Philippines and the first president of the 1971 Constitutional Convention.
He was honored on Friday, which is a special non-working holiday in the province of Bohol.
The Department of Foreign Affairs also remembered Garcia’s contributions to the country.
Garcia served as Foreign Affairs Secretary from 1953 to 1957. He also served as President of the Philippines from 1957 to 1961.
As President, Garcia introduced the “Filipino First” policy which gave preference to Filipinos in commercial and industrial activities and aimed to stress the importance of Philippines-U.S. relations but on the basis of equal partnership.