Ceres FC The Ceres Negros FC team after their 2-0 triumph over Home United FC at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last night* ( Andy Alvarez photos )

Duterte abolishes NIR

“It's a sad day for Negros.”

This was the reaction of local and national officials yesterday to President Rodrigo Duterte's putting an end to a more than 25-year-old dream of Negrenses, with the executive order he signed Monday dissolving the 2-year-old Negros Island Region.

On August 7, Duterte signed Executive Order 38 revoking Executive Order 183 that created the Negros Island Region (Region 18) composed of the provinces of Negros Occidental and Oriental. moremoremore

Special body for
Negros Island pushed

The creation of a special body to continue the joint programs of Negros Occidental and Oriental is being pushed with President Rodrigo Duterte's abolition of the Negros Island Region.

Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday he is proposing the creation of a special body to continue the cooperation between Negros Oriental and Occidental.

“If we step back, we may lose whatever cooperation NIR has gained through the Regional Development Council,” Lacson said. moremoremore


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Degamo supports
dissolution of NIR

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo said yesterday he respects and supports the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte, who issued Executive Order 38 dated August 7, for the dissolution of the Negros Island Region.

Degamo, who chairs the NIR Regional Peace and Order Council, also urged other officials to support the decision.

It can be recalled that Degamo was, at first, hesitant to support the creation of the NIR when it was pushed by officials of Negros Occidental, including the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province, because it was proposed while the 2016 local and national elections campaign was heating up.