Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. referred to Occidental and Oriental Negrenses as “Siamese twins” and called on them to stay united as brothers over the weekend as he emphasized that Negros will have a bright future ahead of it if it is transformed as an island region.
Marañon visited this town Mabinay bordering Kabankalan City upon the invitation of municipal Mayor Ernie “Jango” Uy, a strong supporter o
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. addresses the big crowd during the 8th Langub Festival in Mabinay Saturday.* (Capitol PIO by Richard Malihan photo)
governor’s advocacy for the Negros Island Region.
Second District Rep. George Arnaiz greets Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. as Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria looks on.* (Capitol PIO by Richard Malihan photo)
Joining them were Rep. George Arnaiz, Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, Board Member Melimore Saycon and councilors from different towns and cities of Negros Oriental to join thousands of revelers witnessing the 8th Langub Festival.
Speaking before a crowd of 5,000, Marañon underscored the need for unity among Oriental and Occidental folk, and further paraphrased Pope Francis’ statement, “let us love one another because we are one people” as Negrenses.
Mabinay’s location, he said, is very strategic, thus it is expected to reap the benefits under the Negros Island Region set-up
Uy’s strong leadership in the campaign for the NIR was apparent in banners and streamers posted around public places including the market, town plaza and main thoroughfares.
During the third consultative assembly after Bacolod City and Dumaguete City for the proposed one island, one region hosted by this town of 84,000 people, thousands turned up to support the NIR bid.
“There is no doubt that it will all be advantageous if we become one region. Personally, I cannot think of any disadvantage,” Uy said.
It is also exciting to think that Mabinay will be very near the proposed regional center, although we agree with the recommendation of the business community—the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry—that we first establish sub-regional offices in Bacolod and Dumaguete, he added.