MERGE Negros Occidental and Oriental officials led by their respective governors, Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Roel Degamo (6th and 5th from left), and some mayors, show their unity through the thumbs-up sign, in the creation of Negrosanon Federated Region, with five members of the Consultative Committee, at a symposium on federalization in Bacolod City* (Andy Alvarez photo)

‘There is hope again’
Negros Island officials upbeat on federated region

Officials of Negros Occidental and Oriental, that used to compose the defunct Negros Island Region (NIR), are again optimistic on the reunification of the two provinces, this time as the Negrosanon Federated Region (NFR), under the proposed federal system of government.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, Vice Governors Eugenio Jose Lacson and Edward Mark Macias, as well Sangguniang Panlalawigan members of both provinces, yesterday came in full force, to show again their unity for the reunification of the two provinces. This was almost nine months after President Rodrigo Duterte abolished the NIR, during the symposium on federalization, which was held yesterday in Bacolod City.

Arthur Aguilar, a member of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to study the 1987 Constitution by President Rodrigo Duterte, said that they were given leeway by the Chief Executive in the reconfiguration of the federated regions, among others. moremoremore

Cauayan cops get medals

Policemen who participated in the raid on a compound Thursday in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, that led to the arrest of 12 suspects and the recovery of firearms and explosives, were honored and awarded medals by the Police Regional Office 6, Inspector Charmae De Paz, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office said, yesterday.

De Paz also said that the four injured policemen, PO3 Reynaldo Bauden Jr., PO2 Rolando Prieto, SPO2 Bryan Tabon and PO1 Gary Norico, who are all members of the Negros Occidental Provincial Mobile Force Company, received the Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting, while 34 policemen received the Medalya ng Kagalingan, including Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director, in recognition of their bravery.

Of the 12 arrested suspects, four were injured in an hour-long gunbattle, while the police raiding team recovered five firearms with ammunition and two fragmentation grenades, among others. moremoremore


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OPA: P60 million eyed to boost
farm mechanization in NegOcc


The Negros Occidental provincial government is planning to allocate P60 million to boost farm mechanization by creating service provider groups around the province this year.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday that he plans to choose at least 10 farmer-associations in Negros to become farm service providers and lead the mechanization of agricultural activities, especially in rice and corn.

Masculino said this at the farm mechanization demo at the government-owned corn farm in Manayao-sayao, Mansilingan, Bacolod City.