PNoy Memo to Hasten NIR Transition - MBCCI

The memorandum of President Benigno Aquino III directing all national government agencies to support the Negros Island Region (NIR) will hasten its transition period, a business leader, said.

Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), said directive will give way to the realization of plans for the interim regional offices in NIR.

It will also hasten the implementation of infrastructure projects intended for Negros Occidental and Bacolod City that were temporarily put on hold because the province is no longer part of the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Western Visayas, Carbon pointed out.

He said that among the RDC-assisted projects yet to be implemented are the expansion of the Bacolod-Silay Airport, installation of lights at the airport access road and rehabilitation of the drainage system in this capital city.

Aquino on Aug 6, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., signed Memorandum Circular No. 81, ordering all heads of national government agencies, including government-owned and -controlled operations, to extend “full assistance” to the transition of the newly created region.

During the three-year transition period, 14 regional offices, including their attached agencies, will be housed in this city, while 16 others will be placed in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

In the memorandum, all national government agency heads are directed to appoint interim regional directors not later than Oct. 1 and complete their interim regional offices in the assigned locations by Jan. 1.

Carbon sits as member of the technical working group formed to lay down NIR’s implementing rules and regulations.

Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental were separated from Western Visayas and Central Visayas, respectively, after the President issued Executive Order 183 in May.*