mARDI GRA DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag (center), who led the opening of the newest district hospital in Sipalay City, with philantrophist Merceditas Montilla and Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.* ( Gilbert P. Bayoran photo )

Maintain NIR status quo,
Negrenses urge Duterte

Negros Island Region business groups are calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to maintain the status quo and allow the NIR to continue operating pending future budgetary support, amid the threat of its impending abolition.

Leaders of the business groups who are attending the Philippine Business Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Metro Manila are submitting their position paper to the president today, Edward Du, president of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI), said yesterday.

Du said Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno was at the Philippine Business Conference yesterday and in a brief talk with the Negros business leaders, said “the abolition of the NIR is a done deal.” moremoremore

Marañon calls for prayers;
We lobbied hard: Degamo


Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called on Negrenses to pray that President Rodrigo Duterte does not sign an executive order revoking the creation of the Negros Island Region.

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, on the other hand, said he will believe that the NIR will be abolished when the president has already issued an EO, but for now, the island region still exists.

We have lobbied hard for the retention of the NIR, Degamo said. moremoremore


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P194-M Guihulngan
market ready for use

The modern mega market in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, costing P194 million and featuring state-of-the-art facilities, is now ready for use following the completion of the project and its turnover to the local government unit in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

The brand new facility is now considered the biggest and most modern public market in Negros Oriental, Engr. Louie Tijing of Philsouth Builders, the construction company responsible for the project which was built over a two-year period, said.

The two-storey market sits on a 7,000-square meter lot and boasts of a cold storage facility, a freezer and a chiller that can each accommodate 20 cubic meters of goods. ..