Still yes to the Negros Island Region (NIR) initiative and no to the Negros Island Development Council (NIDC) being eyed as an alternative to creating a new region out of the two Negros Provinces .
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) together with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Negros Occidental OIC, Andres T. Untal (left) and Provincial Environment Management Office head, Atty. Wilfred Ramon M. Peñalosa (right) during yesterday’s Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) Protected Area Management Board Meeting at the Capitol Social Hall.* (Capitol photo)
BACOLOD CITY GOV’T Executive Assistant IV Rocky Puentevella together with 2014 Medical Technician board topnotcher Patrick Mabugat (in stripes) and the board passers of the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos in a courtesy call. Also in photo is Executive Assistant Rodolfo Salga.*
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., yesterday reiterated this position after reports came out that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is proposing a compromise to the NIR in the form of the NIDC.
"I will still insist on the NIR," Maranon said.
The governor did not confirm the pronouncement of regional director Ro-An Bacal of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) that the consolidated reports on the proposal to merge Negros Occidental and Oriental into one island region is now at the Office of the President.
NEDA director-general Arsenio Balisacan has already forwarded his consolidated reports on Regions 6 and 7, with generated inputs of the DILG from other line agencies, including the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), to the Office of the President, Bacal said.
Majority of the Negros officials are pushing for the merging of the two provinces into a one-island region. But Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo has held off endorsing the plan, saying a study is needed first.