The overwhelming clamor for the retention of Negros Island Region got a further boost yesterday from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the Provincial Development Council of Negros Occidental, that approved resolutions on mass motion requesting President Rodrigo Duterte not to revoke the executive order creating the NIR.
The Negros Occidental SP also passed a separate resolution, on motion of Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairperson of the committee on Laws and Ordinances, requesting the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives to enact a law creating NIR.
In the passage of NIR retention through a resolution, the PDC also said that the newly-created region can be a member, either of the Central or Western Visayas state, if the federalism is pushed through, for as long as they are taken together as one island.
On Monday, the NIR Regional Peace and Order Council also passed a resolution urging the President not to revoke the executive order creating the new region.
Provincial Planning and Development Officer Marlin Sanogal, who updated members of PDC on the status of the NIR during their regular meeting yesterday at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, said that NIR regional directors are contented with getting their budgets from Regions 6 and 7, in the meantime, as long as NIR will be retained.
“No need to consider that they are asking for capital outlay, plantilla for new personnel and building. They are happy with what they have for now,” Sanogal said, referring to the NIR regional directors.
“We are agreeable to the federalism as proposed by the President, but the Negros Island Region should be made into a state,” Gatuslao also said.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon said he suspects that Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is opposing the continuation of the NIR.
Interior and Local Government Undersecretary JV Hinlo is scheduled Monday to hear the sentiments of Negrenses on the NIR revocation in a forum to be held in Bacolod City.
Sanogal said they are also encouraging other sectors to pass resolutions enjoining President Duterte not to dissolve NIR.
B usiness groups in Negros earlier also urged President Duterte to retain NIR.
Sanogal said they are calling everyone to wear black shirts and sign a manifesto on Nov. 5, which is Negros Day, to show their support for the NIR retention.*GPB
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