The Department of Interior and Local Government study supports and endorses the creation of a Negros Island Region, Ma Lina Sanogal, Negros Occidental Provincial Planning and Development Officer, said yesterday.
The DILG findings are said to be on the desk of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, who is expected to raise the matter before President Benigno Aquino III.
She said they are positive the President will support the creation of the island region composed of Negros Occidental and Oriental, he has no reason not to grant the request with the DILG findings.
Negros Occidental is currently part of Western Visayas and Negros Oriental is part of Central Visayas.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has asked the President to create the Negros Island Region by executive order.
The DILG has noted that an island region will mean integrated planning for holistic development, disaster management, tourism promotion, and peace and order management, she said.*CPG
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