Gov. Arthur Yap today stepped onto history in becoming the first governor to have set foot on the white sand of Sag island off Talibon in the Second District of Bohol.

“It’s an honor to be the first governor to step on the white sand of Sag Island in Talibon and welcomed just as warm as this,” the governor said on a social media post.

Yap made sure the people in the islands would not feel left out this time of pandemic.

Sag was the seventh island barangay in Talibon that the governor had visited.

The island is an awardee in the regional search for Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Yap was joined by Talibon Mayor Janet Garcia, OPSWD Head Carmelita Tecson, the barangay officials, health workers and tanods at a barangay covered court gathering.

Sag is led by barangay captain Raul Polo and kagawads Joseph Warren Abas, Lucia Apara, Florencia Miasco, Jose Sotto, Juan Pañares, Sr., Alfredo Sotto and Cipriano Cabasan.

The governor sent an OPSWD team to the island on Tuesday to deliver food packs for all the 217 households there.

Rice packs of eight kilos per family Bohol-wide will follow within this month to September.

While on the island, Yap approved the village request for P200,000 assistance to construct a rain collector facility.

Earlier, he inaugurated a water desalination facility on Pandanon island off Getafe, also in the Second District—the first of its kind from the provincial government to an island.

Still a part of the initial, Yap will provide at least nine desalination plants to other islands or clusters of islands.

With or without health crisis like COVID, water to the waterless is a banner Yap thrust pursuant to his governance that cares for the weak.