Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Remembering Erico Boyles Aumentado

Today, we mark the first death anniversary of Erico Boyles Aumentado (May 18, 1940 - December 25, 2012) who succumbed to cardiac arrest at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City at 8:37 p.m. exactly a year ago

ILLUSTRIOUS SON OF BOHOL

The late Atty. Erico Aumentado considered as one of the most illustrious sons that Bohol has produced and who rose from the ranks was a journalist, a lawyer, senior provincial board member, provincial vice-governor, congressman and deputy speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives

EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

He finished his elementary education at Ubay Central Elementary School and finished his high school at Holy Child Academy, Ubay, Bohol as valedictorian.

He graduated Bachelor of Laws at the University of Bohol in 1963.

MORE THAN 40 YEARS AS PUBLIC SERVANT

He became representative of the 2nd district of Bohol in 1992-2001, Vice Governor of Bohol in 1988-1992 and Provincial Board Member in 1967-1980; 1984-1986.

He was the governor of Bohol for three consecutive terms (2001-2010), chairman of both the Regional Development Council and the Regional Tourism Council of Central Visayas, and National President of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), the umbrella organization of the 1.5M local officials of the Philippines, the 1st Boholano ever elected to the position.

HOUSE COLLEAGUES PAY TRIBUTE

The House held a necrological service for Aumentado to pay tribute to the lawmaker, a member of the House minority who chaired the committee on ethics and privileges.

Aumentado rejoined the House in 2010, after completing three terms as Bohol governor—from 2001 to 2010.

He was also the province’s House representative from 1992 to 2001.

He was expected to run for another term as congressman in the 2013 elections, under the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

Aumentado used to head the League of Provinces of the Philippines and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines.

A wake was also being held for Aumentado at the La Funeraria Paz in Quezon City before he will be flown back to Bohol where he will be buried.

In the House, he was a coauthor of the sin tax bill, which would impose higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol products. The measure has since been signed into law by the President.

He was also one of the main authors of the bill to strengthen the National Electrification Administration to help boost its program to bring power to rural areas.

He also pushed a measure to declare the Chocolate Hills, a famous Bohol tourist spot, as national patrimony, national heritage park and geological monuments, and to penalize their pillage, destruction and defacement.

Another bill he championed was one seeking to strengthen the agricultural education and training in the Philippines by institutionalizing the Philippine Manpower Development Plan for Agriculture Entrepreneurship.

All in all, he sponsored or authored 96 measures and coauthored another 274.

Aumentado, who also headed the special panel tasked to draft the House rules on the release of its members’ statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), was hailed by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte as an “exemplary public servant” and credited him for turning Bohol into “one of the most progressive, peaceful and richest provinces today.”

Belmonte said Aumentado remained faithful to his oath and always hewed to the highest standards of public office.

“He was truly an outstanding solon—learned, dedicated and principled,” he said in a statement.
“Eric’s integrity and honor have never been in doubt. He died a poor man because he never made politics the source of his livelihood,” 
Belmonte added, describing Aumentado as a dear friend and a colleague he held in high esteem.

Another colleague, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, said Aumentado’s death was a “great loss not only to Bohol but to our country.”

Evardone described Aumentado as “very passionate about democracy, rule of law and protection of the interests of the less fortunate sector.”

“He was a dedicated and very sincere public servant,” Evardone said.

LEGACY IN GOVERNANCE & EXEMPLARY PUBLIC SERVICE

In fact, one of his most effective and most memorable campaign slogans was “, Basta Aumentado, Kalsada Siguradong Sementado”

He would always be remembered by Boholanos as the lawmaker who pushed for and initiated successfully the Bohol circumferential road which boosted the tourism in the province

He also served as the chairman of the Regional Development Council and Regional Tourism Council of Central Visayas.

He was also a provincial board member and governor of Bohol and chairman of the influential 52-member bloc of Visayas congressmen.

 iconic Blood Compact reenactment , Sandugo 2001
Gov. Erico Aumentado as Rajah Sikatuna & Tagbilaran City Mayor Jose V. Torralba as Legaspi.
Lending her star presence as Sikatuna's wife was the lovely Elizabeth Oropesa

THE YOUNGEST SON CONTINUES THE LEGACY

Father & Son
The youngest of the nine Aumentado children, Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado (born December 29, 1977), also known in Bohol as Aris, is expected to continue the legacy left by his father.

A member of the Nacionalista Party, he has been elected as a Member of the House of Representatives, representing the Second District of Bohol. He replaced his father Erico Aumentado.

Aumentado wanted to run as board member in 2010 elections but his father didn't allow any of his children to enter politics.

He served as chief of staff of his father until he was designated by the House of Representatives as the caretaker congressman of Bohol’s second district to serve the remaining seven months left of his father’s term in December 2012.

Aumentado is married to Maria Vanessa Cadorna, a former Miss Bohol Sandugo. They have two sons: Erico Vann Lawrence and Erico Vann Lance.

PRIDE OF UBAY, BOHOL

Ubaynons were shocked and saddened when they learned of the death of the congressman, who was a resident of barangay (village) Fatima in the town.

A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE


Nong Erico & Maam Greenie Adlaon Cabagnot-Aumentado
Ruby Anniversary Year 2006 
The late Atty. Erico Aumentado’s three sons, five daughters, 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren some of whom are based abroad and have come home have all gathered in the family home for the holidays

They will join Mrs. Peregrina “Greenie” Adlaon Cabagnot-Aumentado and the rest of Bohol in commemorating his first death anniversary.

Nong Erico's 70th Birthday, May 18, 2010
 Aumentado Family Picture, Year 2006
According to his daughter Charina Aumentado- Jones, a Las Vegas, Nevada based nurse, a simple luncheon and a memorial mass are all scheduled today in remembrance of a great Boholano leader



As we all celebrate Christmas, let us set aside a moment of silence for Nong Erico, exemplary public leader, a loving husband, a disciplinarian father, a doting grandfather and a pride of Bohol 

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