The governors of Negros Occidental and Oriental are proposing a resolution before the League of Governors to ask President Rodrigo Duterte to include Negros Island among the 17 proposed federated regions, Board Member Salvador Escalante said yesterday.
Escalante said the resolution will be jointly authored by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, who will propose it during the League of Governor’s meeting today in Manila.
With Negros Island ranked number four in economic activities all over the country , Escalante said this is one of the basis to push for the inclusion of the island among the proposed federated regions.
A symposium on federalization, in line with the proposed inclusion of the Negrosanon Federated Region, will be held at Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City tomorrow, with five of the 15 Consultative Committee members tasked to review the 1987 Constitution expected to attend.
The five ConCom members are Arthur Aguilar, Prof. Eddie Alih, Susan Ubalde-Ordinario, Edmund Tayao and Julio Teehankee.
Aside from the two governors of Negros, Escalante said members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental and Oriental, local chief executives and other sectoral groups are also attending the symposium.
Aguilar said earlier that the Consultative Committee agreed to include the Negrosanon Federation Region, which will be composed of the two provinces of Negros Island, among the proposed federated regions.
In May 29, 2015 Negros Occidental and Oriental formed the Negros Island Region by virtue of an executive order issued by then President Benigno Aquino III.
But President Rodrigo Duterte abolished the NIR on Aug. 9, 2017. Negros Occidental was then returned to Western Visayas, and Negros Oriental to Central Visayas.
Escalante said he expects a massive support for the proposed Negrosanon Federated Region by Negrenses, which will be aired by participants in the symposium tomorrow.*GPB
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