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Dumaguete City, Philippines Thursday, April 30, 2015
Negros Oriental
Button Degamo denies saying ‘yes' to Negros Island Region bid
Button Operation Smile helps 50 children
Bantay Bayanihan seeks assessment in ‘dev't ready' Neg. Or.
Table tennis free clinic May 2-3 in Dumaguete
Button Brownout in Tanjay

Degamo denies saying ‘yes'
to Negros Island Region bid

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo debunked media reports yesterday quoting him as having said “yes” to the proposed Negros Island Region, or NIR, at a meeting with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental at the Dumaguete City Capitol.

Degamo said he never said “yes” to Marañon and that his original stand of being “open” to the idea remains as it is, with his prior conditions still to be considered. In an interview with reporters in Dumaguete, he said he has not yet agreed to fully support the NIR as there are concerns that need to be threshed out.

What he said in the meeting with Marañon was that he was thankful the latter personally came over to invite him to Bacolod City today during the visit of President Benigno Aquino III.

Operation Smile
helps 50 children

An international children's medical charity conducted surgeries for free to more than 50 children and infants in Negros Oriental, suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital in Dumaguete City recently.

Operation Smile Philippines was invited to the province by Gov. Roel Degamo, because of requests for free surgeries to help children and young adults with such deformities.

OS executive director Gian Trebol said this is the second time Operation Smile conducted charity work in Dumaguete, the first was in 2006. He said they are happy to have partnered with the provincial government, through Degamo, who extended all-out support to them..

Bantay Bayanihan seeks
assessment in ‘dev't ready' Neg. Or.

Marietta Jambora, lead convener of the Bantay Bayanihan-Negros Oriental chapter, said Tuesday it is time to assess the accomplishments of key players after the declaration of Negros Oriental as a “conflict-manageable and development ready” province.

On May 7, 2014, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, in collaboration with the Philippine National Police, declared Negros Oriental as having reached such status, with the insurgency problem falling to an insignificant level.

Jambora, however, said the Provincial Peace and Order Council, chaired by Gov. Roel Degamo, is taking the lead in making sure that various line government agencies and other stakeholders have followed through with their programs and projects since the declaration of the province as such.

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