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NIR totally dissolved,
last office shuts down
All is not lost, Marañon says

The Negros Island Region was officially dissolved yesterday with the Department of Labor and Employment among the last of the regional offices to shut down.

“Today, we bid the NIR as a region goodbye but all is not lost in our efforts to unify the two Negros provinces as one region,” Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said.

The NIR composed of Negros Occidental and Oriental was created on May 29, 2015 by virtue of Executive Order No. 183 issued by then president Benigno Aquino III. On Aug. 9, 2017, President Rodrigo Dutertesigned Executive Order No. 38 dissolving the NIR with a 60-day period granted for all NIR regional offices to shutdown, and this took effect yesterday. moremoremore

LTO, DWPH stepping up
arrest of overloaded trucks

Teams from theLand Transportation Office-Department of Public Works and Highways will start apprehending overloaded trucks, especially those carrying sugarcane, in Negros Occidental starting today, Acting Gov. Salvador Escalante said yesterday.

Illegally parked cane trucks along the highway will also be issued tickets for violating the law, he said.

“We expect a lot of arrest because the DPWH and LTO are determined to enforce the law in Negros Occidental,” he said. moremoremore


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921 ‘drug users, pushers' yield

Dumaguete chief of police, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, said that since the launching of Project Double Barrel, about 921 illegal drug personalities, both users and pushers, have surrendered to the police and barangay officials in the city.

Of the surrenderers, 60 are pushers while the remaining 861 are tagged as users. The police, upon the direction of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, intensified the barangay and house-to-house visitations, which resulted in the large turnout of surrenderers, who were also profiled.

The city has the most number of surrenderers, compared to the five other cities and 19 municipalities in Negros Oriental.