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Officials dismayed by abolition of Negros Island Region

Thursday, August 10, 2017

NEGRENSES expressed dismay over President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to sign Executive Order (EO) 38, abolishing Negros Island Region (NIR).

Former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, who spearheaded the efforts to create the region, said the development of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental will be “slower” not being under one region.

Negrenses upset over Duterte's order dissolving Negros region

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Duterte signed Executive Order 38 on August 7, revoking EO 183 that created the NIR on May 29, 2015.

Negros Oriental will revert to Central Visayas (Region 7) and Negros Occidental to Western Visayas (Region 6).

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who launched #Save NIR Movement together with Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo last year, said he was dismayed, but has to accept and respect the decision of President Duterte.

Barangay polls eyed next year

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives are pushing to move the barangay elections next year.

Lawmakers from Negros Occidental confirmed that during their caucus Monday, majority of the congressmen have agreed to postpone the village and youth polls, both slated this coming October, to May 2018.

Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said the proposed new election schedule will coincide with the referendum of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Bredco eyeing to reclaim 2,000 hectares in Talisay

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Carla N. Canet

THE Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco), through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), is eyeing a 2,000-hectare reclamation project in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Talisay City Mayor Nilo Jesus Antonio Lizares on Monday, July 24, said he and Vice Mayor Samuel Siote and the members of the City Council are set to hold a preliminary meeting with the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA).

Benitez vows more ways to serve Third District

Monday, July 17, 2017
By Carla N. Canet

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez vowed to continue to find more ways to be relevant and bring more meaningful service and governance to his constituents and even beyond.

The statement was echoed by Abang Lingkod partylist Representative Stephen Paduano, who represented Benitez as the guest of honor and speaker during the 35th inauguration of officers, directors, and new members of the Rotary Club of Bacolod-East, held at O Hotel in Bacolod City over the weekend.

Unega convention proposed

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By Teresa D. Ellera

NEGROS Occidental Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao said on Tuesday, July 11, that party members are proposing that the United Negros Alliance (Unega) hold a convention to set their plans and agenda for the 2019 elections.

“This will be a fellowship among Unega members because we have been talking to each other but we haven’t met as a group,” he said.

Unega is chaired by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is on his third and final term.

Gatuslao said Unega members are united although they do not belong to the same national party.

He added that since Marañon is already on his last term, their ultimate goal is to unify Negros like what it used to be.

The board member also hinted that an alliance with rival party Love Negros is possible before end of the year.

Gatuslao added that Unega has already pledged support to Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez’s future political plans.