BOHOL Governor Edgar Chatto has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Regional Development Council-Central Visayas (RDC-7) for 2014-2016 while Ernesto Carreon was appointed as permanent director of the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) 7.

President Benigno Aquino III signed Chatto's formal appointment last May 16.

Chatto assumed the post vacated by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama after his term expired last June 30, 2013.

Chatto is a graduate of Economics at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and finished Law at the Divine Word College in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

Chatto has been an active member of RDC 7, articulating the development agenda and concerns of his constituents in Bohol, especially in tourism and agriculture.

Chatto was mayor of Balilihan town from 1988 to 1995 before his election as vice governor between 1995 and 2001.

He was later elected congressman of the first district of Bohol from 2001 to 2010 and finally became governor in 2010 and was reelected in 2013.

Meanwhile, Neda 7 Director Carreon took his oath of office before Neda Secretary General and Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan last May 20.

He will continue to serve as RDC 7's vice chair.

Before his permanent appointment as director, Carreon was assistant regional director who presided over RDC meetings.

He is also a member of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, which has the authority to adjust workers' wages.

The President also appointed Edilberto Paradela as permanent director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 7 last month.

Paradela, who has long been connected with DOST 7, rose from the ranks.

Prior to his appointment, he was DOST 7 assistant regional director for technical operations and had served as acting director since October 2013 when his predecessor Burt Llanto died.

Paradela is a graduate of the Cebu Institute of Technology University (CITU). (EOB)