The closure of the People’s Mansion in Bohol questioned

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NOTE: THIS STORY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE SUNDAY PRINT EDITION OF THE BOHOL CHRONICLE.

The public strongly questioned the closure of the Manor of the People, a landmark among the Boholanos being the official residence of the governor.

Since the days of Governor Esteban “Baning” Bernido, the complex with the two-story Spanish accent house has earned the respect and admiration of Boholanos being the “Malacanang of Bohol”.

The late Governor David Tirol, who died last Wednesday, renamed Governor’s Mansion to People’s Mansion.

In one of its first directives, Tyrol designated every Monday as “people’s day”, during which people from various walks of life come to the mansion to meet the governor personally.

The People’s Mansion has become the “safe haven” for people seeking help and those complaining about the slow delivery of government services in remote towns.

The mansion’s closure over the past few months has raised a question from the public about the reason(s) for its closure (with gate) closed all day even during office hours.

Former Prov’ board member Tommy Abapo, who was among those curious about its closure, only wanted to enter the mansion with the word of the guard telling his driver that no one was allowed to enter the enclosure.

To find out why the People’s Mansion is closed to the public, the Chronicle interviewed Capitol officials last Friday.

Provincial Engineer Dodong Gasatan referred the matter to Chief of General Services, Glen Doloritos, who referred the Chronicle to Capitol Security Officer, Retired Col. Sancho Bernales, who in turn said the Provincial Office of youth development may possibly explain why the people’s mansion is closed.

Doloritos said renovations had been done but had already been completed, so he asked the Chronicle to call retired Colonel Bernales to find out why the people’s mansion was closed.

Bernales said that immediately after Typhoon Odette, the mansion was secured for the TARSIER emergency and the military conducting operations. He referred the Chronicle to the Provincial Youth Development Office (PYDO) regarding the current activity at the manor. However, the PYDO number was no longer reachable when contacted by the Chronicle last Friday.

NOTE: THIS STORY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE SUNDAY PRINT EDITION OF THE BOHOL CHRONICLE.


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