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DUMAGUETE City – Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental will continue their joint projects even after the abolition of the Negros Island Region (NIR), said Negros Oriental governor Roel Degamo.
“The two provinces will not stop from cooperating with each other, especially with programs that benefits them, including peace and order,” stressed Degamo.
From the start, Degamo was hesitant to support the creation of the NIR.
On May 29, 2015, former president Benigno Aquino III signed Executive Order (EO) No. 183 merging the two Negros provinces into a one-island region.
Degamo believed it was unconstitutional for “arrangement of positions in regions 6 and 7 was disturbed.”
That time, there was also no assurance of budget allocation for the region’s operations, Degamo added.
Degamo, who chairs the NIR Regional Peace and Order Council, said he fully respects President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision.
Under EO No. 38 signed by Duterte on Aug. 7, the two Negros provinces must revert to their former regions, Negros Occidental in Western Visayas and Negros Oriental in Central Visayas.
In effect, NIR regional offices and regional councils were dissolved.
Final transfer or abolition of functions, positions, personnel, assets and liabilities were directed to be fast-tracked within 60 days.
On the other hand, Degamo will request for the retention of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Professional Regulations Commission offices in Dumaguete City. (PNA)