LAGOON One of the men working on the enhancement of the Capitol Lagoon Park in Bacolod City yesterday* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

NIR status quo seen
pending federalism

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno is positive in his outlook that there will be a status quo for the Negros Island Region pending the transition to federalism, DILG Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo said yesterday.

“But the chance for the retention of the NIR is still at 50 percent, thepresident has the last say. Sec. Mike Sueno has been asking for the support of the other Cabinet members for the NIR's retention,” Hinlo added.

The fate of the NIR is expected to be tackled in a Cabinet cluster meeting on January 9 and Sueno is optimistic he will get the support of the majority of its members. moremoremore

Negros DAR top performer

The Negros Island Region Department of Agrarian Reform regional office was one of the top performers nationwide in land and support services distribution in 2016.

This was achieved despite the fact that NIR is a “baby region” and is operating with limited resources and personnel, DAR NIR Regional Director Stephen Leonidas said yesterday.

As of November last year, the DAR national Support Services Office placed its NIR regional office in third place nationwide in its provision of support services to farmer beneficiaries, he said. moremoremore


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No indiscriminate firing, stray
bullet incidents in NegOr: PNP

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental yesterday said it did not receive any reports of indiscriminate firing or victims of stray bullets during the New Year's Eve celebration and onwards.

Acting PNP provincial director, Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, however, said there were reported victims of firecrackers although his office is still collating data from reports of police stations in the province.

He said police chiefs were directed to warn their personnel against indiscriminate firing in line with the order of the PNP Chief, Director General Ronald dela Rosa, that those found guilty of the offense will be immediately dismissed from the service..