“NEW PROGRAMS HAVE birth pains, but you are not alone.”

Gov. Edgar M. Chatto gave this assurance to at least sixty school teachers of different public schools from Bohol’s three congressional districts Wednesday.

That day was the first of the three-day Summer Trainers Training and Workshop on Choir Music and Traditional Boholano Dances facilitated by both the DepEd Bohol Schools Division and the Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD) of the Governor’s Office.

Boholanos are passionate when it comes to culture and heritage and the Provincial Leadership is now undertaking programs to promote Boholano life “as it was” and “as it is” as part of the province’s eco-cultural tourism.

In so doing, educators are playing a very vital role for they are now being trained to handle music and traditional dances as part of the curricula that they teach their students.

It is to start with elementary school teachers who would then cascade their learnings to their students.

Collaborating in the flow of activities for the workshop were SEEM Cluster Head Liza Quirog, CCAD Head Romulo Tagaan, Culture and Arts Consultant Enriqueta Butalid, Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage (BACH) Council Chair Marianito Luspo, Edison Gumapac and Glenda Dote.

DepEd Educational Program Supervisor Cirilo Calatrava stood in for Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos on opening day.

The governor admitted that “no one has a monopoly of ideas” so that collaboration and cooperation are much needed for easy and efficient implementation.

He added that he is always inspired to talk to educators for “you are the future of the country.”

The program, he explained, is for the conservation, preservation and promotion of Boholano arts and culture.

He then recounted that twenty years ago, when they labored for six months just to formulate the province’s mission and vision statements, the term “eco-cultural tourism” was not yet widely accepted that even the Department of Tourism (DOT) had qualms in using it.

But after some time, their group was able to prove its adequacy that the term then became widely-used, even globally.

He encouraged the teachers and lauded the facilitators for this milestone of defining what is “uniquely Boholano” in Boholano education for “what you are doing is what we want as a province” for “culture must be developed, expressed and most definitely, appreciated.”

However, he cautioned that the people should not let tourists change the Boholano landscape for tourism is not the be all and end all of everything.

“Boholano tourism is not a copycat for we are just highlighting what we have by developing Boholano culture and arts as an expression of our people, our core value. We are enhancing what we have because we want to be a strong province,” Gov. Chatto said with alacrity and enthusiasm. (JLV/PGBh/EDCom)

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