DILG FAMILY DILG-NIR FAMILY. Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento (5 th from left) with NIR regional directors Supt. Rico Niel Kwan Tiu – BFP, Joseph Celis – Napolcom, Chief Supt. Conrado Capa - PNP, Margie Biligan - DILG, SSupt. Ernesto Agas - PNP Regional Training School, and SSupt. Hernan Grande - BJMP (l-r), at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City, Saturday.*

Marañon named first
NIR dev't council chair

Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento said Saturday that Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will be the first chairman of the Negros Island Development Council, while Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo will head the NIR Regional Peace and Order Council.

Sarmiento, who presided over the NIR Technical Working Group meeting at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, said President Benigno Aquino will issue the official appointments of Marañon and Degamo to the two posts.

He said Marañon was named to head the NIDC since he had also previously served as chairman of the Regional Development Council of Western Visayas.moremoremore

Drugs affect 369
brgys in Negros

The drug problem has affected 369 of the 1,219 barangays in both provinces of Negros Occidental and Oriental, which now compose the Negros Island Region, reports of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency showed.

Shabu is also the preferred choice of drug users with 88.78 percent, compared to 8.86 percent using marijuana, and the big percentage of users are male and the unemployed.

PNP chief Ricardo Marquez has ordered Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, regional police director of Negros Island Region, to conduct a new threat assessment on how serious the drug problem is in the newly-created region.


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Comelec to discuss final
list of 2016 election bets

MANILA – The Commission on Elections will deliberate today on the final list of national candidates in the May 2016 elections.

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista said the commission en banc will also discuss the pending disqualification cases of Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and if they will include them in the official ballot.

“On December 14, we will again meet at 10 a.m....We will continue to discuss it,” he said. .moremoremore