governors President Rodrigo Duterte (left) with the members of the League of Provinces of the Philippines, including Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (right), at Malacañang, Wednesday*

Duterte, 2 governors
meet on NIR budget

President anticipating shift to federal states

President Rodrigo Duterte prefers to continue to source the 2017 budget for the regional offices of the Negros Island Region from Regions 6 and 7,  with the eventual creation of federal states.

This was disclosed yesterday by Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, who, along with Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., met with the president in Malacañang Wednesday night.

Degamo said he joined Marañon in the meeting to listen and support him. moremoremore

Baciwa serving only
53% in Bacolod

Bacolod City Water District should improve its services since water is not just essential but it is a basic necessity, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

If Baciwa is servicing 53 percent of the total population of Bacolod City it means that about 47 percent have not yet been serviced, which is about half of the population, Leonardia said.

They called for a public hearing because of the many complaints of the residents of the city, he said. moremoremore


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NOCCI lauds tax reforms

The business sector in Negros Oriental praised President Rodrigo Duterte for spearheading tax reforms in the country, like the proposed lowering of corporate and personal income taxes as well as relaxing the bank secrecy law.

Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Ed Du, said this is good news for businesses especially for the micro, small and medium scale industries which constitute 99 percent of the country's economy. He said only one percent is considered as large taxpayers who can readily afford to pay the 30 percent income tax.

He said businessmen are pushing for the Singapore model, especially for MSME industries to entice them to invest more because they can already afford to pay a lower corporate tax which is 15 percent, the lowest in the ASEAN region. .