NIR Offices Until October 9 Only
Regional offices of national agencies in the now-dissolved Negros Island Region (NIR or Region 18) have until October 9, 2017, to close down, local government Undersecretary Austere Panadero said yesterday.
Panadero attended the presentation of NIR national government agencies’ Transition Action Plan to facilitate reversion to Regions 6 and 7, at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.
He said, the meeting aims to ensure that the agencies “have smooth transition” back to the old regions.
“I do not expect any problem with the transition,” he added,
However, regional director Anthony Nuyda of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that, as of yesterday, only 16 of the 21 national government agencies with regional offices in NIR have submitted their transition plans.
With regards to the ranks and positions of officials assigned at NIR, Panadero said, “it would be back to the old set-up where what ranks are appropriate and needed in a province.”
“It will be status quo ante or the situation before the NIR,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, on moves to revive the NIR through the legislative action, he said “that is the track the congressmen are taking.”
Another option being explored is for the creation of the Negros Federal State, of which he said, “it will depend on how Congress will cut up the country under a federal system, andit is part of the development strategy.”
On the extension of the contracts of job order and casual employees, he said that it will depend on the agencies concerned whether they will absorb the employees as there is already a budget for them until the end of this year.*