DILG Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo (3 rd from left, 2 nd row, seated) with Rep. Arnulfo Teves, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Gov. Roel Degamo and Rep. Alejandro Mirasol (l-r) and the NIR officials at the Capitol in Bacolod City join forces to “Save NIR”.* .
to Duterte: Save NIR
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Negros Oriental and Occidental officials in full force yesterday jointly issued an appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte from the Negrosanons for the retention of the Negros Island Region, which they said will not incur additional cost to the government.
About 160 Negros officials and private sector leaders led by Gov. Roel Degamo of Oriental and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Occidental unanimously approved the appeal at a forum presided by Local Government Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City.
Among those present at the forum were Rep. Arnulfo Teves (Neg. Or., 3rd District) and Rep. Alejandro Mirasol (Neg. Occ., 5th District), vice governors Mark Macias (Oriental) and Eugenio Jose Lacson (Occidental), provincial board members, and mayors of both provinces, including Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City and Felipe Remollo of Dumaguete City.
Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV filed a resolution yesterday calling for a Senate inquiry into the national government's plans for the Negros Island Region and its people.
The creation of the NIR, as envisioned in Executive Order 182, addresses a deep and long-held aspiration among Negrenses to progress as one region, he said.
“Abolishing the NIR now would not only disregard and render futile the plans and commitments already made in fulfillment of this aspiration, but also deprive the Negrense people of a critical pathway to economic development and poverty alleviation in the region,” Aquino said in Senate Resolution No. 212.
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SP asks Duterte to retain
Negros Island Region
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Negros Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday approved resolutions asking President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the retention of the Negros Island Region, and another calling on Congress to pass a law for its creation, Vice Governor Mark Macias said.
Macias and members of the Negros Oriental SP joined a forum at the Negros Occidental provincial Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday where they, along with the rest of the NIR officials, approved an appeal to Duterte, also for the retention of the NIR.
The officials said that under the NIR, Negrosanons are now experiencing easy access to regional offices and a more focused and integrated development planning and implementation of programs and projects in order to speedily alleviate the plight of our poor, improve connectivity within the island, promote peace and order and public safety, and enhance agricultural productivity and overall economic performance...