OATH TAKING Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (7 th and 8 th from left) with board members Pedro Zayco, Jose Maria Alonso, Renato Malabor Jr., David Albert Lacson, Rommel Debulgado, Helen Zafra, Manuel Frederick Ko, Antonio Encarguez Sr., Salvador Escalante, Victor Javellana, Alain Gatuslao and Samson Mirhan (l-r) after their oathtaking rites at the Capitol in Bacolod City* (Andy Alvarez photo)

NIR to transform Negros
as growth showcase: guv


Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday outlined the gains of his Negros First 11-point agenda in the past six years, the highlight of which was the creation of the Negros Island Region, and called for unity for a more progressive province and NIR.

In his inaugural speech following the oathtaking of the Negros Occidental provincial officials at the Capitol steps in Bacolod City, Marañon thanked the Negrenses for giving him a final three-year term.

He also appealed to the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan led by Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to continue their critical collaboration in pursuit of the Negros First development agenda. moremoremore

Pimentel sees Region 18 as
one of 12 federal states

Former Senator Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel is pushing for the creation of 11 states under a federal system of government, but is open to 12 to include the newly-created Negros Island Region, also known as Region 18.

Pimentel, 82, who was in Bacolod City to explain his proposal to Negrenses, stressed the need for federalism to balance the distribution of government powers in the Philippines. He is proposing that amendments to the Constitution shift towards a federal system should be done in the first two years of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's term, and a plebiscite and its implementation be done in the remaining four years of his presidency. .moremoremore


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Macias back as vice guv

Mark Macias reassumed his post as vice governor of Negros Oriental at 12:10 p.m. yesterday, with the return of Roel Degamo as governor of the province.

Macias had assumed the post of governor of Negros Oriental on June 17, after the Department of Interior and Local Government-Negros Island Region executed the order of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing Degamo from office.

The dismissal of Degamo was in relation to an administrative complaint for grave misconduct and a criminal complaint for malversation, filed against him by a private citizen regarding the P480 million calamity fund, which the governor had allegedly misused.