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2 more senators
join lobby for NIR
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Two more senators are joining the lobby for the retention of the Negros Island Region, amid statements from Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that President Rodrigo Duterte will abolish the NIR.

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, who joined the Electric MassKara in Bacolod City, and Senator Franklin Drilon yesterday said they support the call for the retention of the NIR.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday also said he wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte, and filed a resolution in the Senate calling for the continued recognition of the NIR.

“We definitely need to retain Region 18, its creation was planned and studied for many years, and for it to just be revoked is a rash move,” he said.

The existence of the NIR will allow better focus on the funding and services needed in Negros Occidental and Oriental, he said, adding that he will look into the reasons of Diokno for wanting it abolished.

Aquino, who met with Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., promised to support any move in the Senate for the preservation of the NIR.

Senator Drilon, in a text message to the DAILY STAR yesterday, also said he is supporting the call for the retention of the NIR.

The support for the NIR is snowballing, there are also a lot from the camp of President Duterte helping us, the governor said.

“Prayer is the best solution,” said the governor.

“There is a light at the end of the tunnel and now the light is getting brighter,” the governor said.

Meanwhile, Aquino, chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, said education is getting about P566 billion a budget for 2017.

The senate is expected to approve the country's national budget before Christmas, he said.

Funds will be available for more classrooms and teachers in public elementary and high schools in 2017, he said, noting that about 50,000 new teachers will be needed.*CPG

 

 

 

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