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Dumaguete City, Philippines Saturday, August 12, 2017
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Respect NIR
dissolution, says Remollo

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo is asking Negrenses to respect the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte in abolishing the Negros Island Region.

The mayor acknowledged that government had to dissolve the Negros Island Region due to lack of funds as manifested by the national authorities, City Public Information Officer Dems Rey Demecillo said yesterday.

Generally, the public here respect the President's decision and officials of both Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental say their joint projects will continue despite the abolition.

Earlier, those supporting the creation of NIR also expressed doubt if it can be accomplished also due to possible lack of budget, while some say NIR would have been a "test case" for federalism.

Demecillo said that that mayor, nevertheless, opined that if only NIR was created through legislation, the merger of the two provinces would have been permanent.

Still, Remollo stressed the need for all concerned to respect and submit to the decision of Duterte.

With the dissolution of NIR, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental will revert to the administrative jurisdictions of Central Visayas and Western Visayas, respectively.

Duterte had signed Monday Executive Order No. 38 that revoked EO 138 of the previous administration creating the NIR, citing mainly budgetary constraints.*PR/PNA


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