Gov. Arthur Yap has made the Boholanos on the islands feel not alone in countering the disruption of COVID-19 to their lives and socio-economic condition.

He visited the inhabitants of the Second District island barangays of Hingotanan East, Hingotanan West and Maomawan, all belonging to Bien Unido town, on Friday.

A day earlier, the governor sent there a team from the Office of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (OPSWD) to deliver relief foods.

Food packs were distributed to 580 households in Hingotanan East, 430 in Hingotanan West, and 424 in Maomawan.

“You are important,” Yap, referring to the islanders, captioned his facebook post of the pictures of his island visit.

The governor was joined to the island barangays by Second District Board Member Frans Gelaine Garcia, OPSWD Head Carmelita Tecson and Bien Unido Mayor Rene Borinaga.Barangay captains Pantaleon Mabalatan of Hingotanan East, Felix Mangaron of Hingotanan West and Bernardita Pagal of Maomawan led the island villagers in welcoming the governor.

Still observing social distancing while wearing face masks, they met on the shore where the governor talked to the island constituents who waited for him unmindful of the scorching heat of the high noon sun.

Yap and Garcia thanked the island officials for keeping guard on the ground still far from mainland Bohol against the entry of COVID-19.

They encouraged the islanders to stay strong and safe while reminding them of the only weapon to avoid the virus which is aggressive prevention.

Even if COVID-19 responses may long continue, the governor reassured to deliver other basic needs like water to the islands where it has been a concern of neglect. (Ven rebo Arigo)

(Photo caption)’YOU ARE IMPORTANT’ Gov. Arthur Yap waives to the islanders in his departure from three island barangays off Bien Unido where he sent relief foods on Thursday and personally visited on Friday. ((Photo, Ken Styles, PRIMER)