Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said that the proposed creation of Negros Island Region is among the concerns he will raise with President Benigno Aquino III when he visits Negros Occidental today.
Marañon said he expects that President Aquino will issue an executive order creating the new island region. “If not tomorrow (April 30), it will be very soon”, he said.
He, however, did not disclose the other concerns he will raise with the president.
Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, who initially expressed his reservations in the creation of the new region, is now supporting it, Marañon said after meeting with him in Dumaguete City.
The governor had gone to Dumaguete City to personally invite Degamo to join the President at the inauguration of the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City today.
Degamo assured Marañon that he will attend the activity
Marañon reiterated that Degamo had never outrightly opposed the island region proposal from the start, as he just wanted to make sure that the NIR will be thoroughly explain to his constituents.
Should the NIR be approved by the president, Maranon said it will be followed by the establishment of regional offices temporarily in the cities of Bacolod and Dumaguete.
When he offered the chairmanship of the Regional Development Council to Degamo, Maranon said the Negros Oriental governor was very happy, and also told him that “ he (Degamo) is honored to accept it”.*GPB
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