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Negros Island is now a separate region



--- Quote ---PNoy signs order creating Negros Island Region
Malacañang confirmed yesterday that President Benigno Aquino signed Executive Order 183 last May 29, which created the Negros Island Region (NIR).

NIR is composed of the two provinces in Negros Island – Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental.

Negros Oriental used to belong to Region-7 along with Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor while Negros Occidental used to be a part of Region-6 alongside Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Guimaras.

“There is a need to further accelerate the social and economic development of the cities and municipalities comprising the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental and improve the delivery of public services,” the executive order reads.

EO 183 mandates the creation of a Negros Island Region Technical Working Group that will plan institutional and organizational changes that will take place in the process of integrating the two provinces.

The order also constituted the regional councils – the Negros Island Development Council, Negros Island Peace and Order Council, and the Negros Island Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he is “very happy, very glad and very privileged” that Aquino heeded the call of Negrenses to make Negros an independent region.

“I’m thankful to the president, through Secretary Mar,” he said. READ MORE

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Steve & Myrlita:
Wonderful. Now what?


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