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  JUNE 21, 2015 EDITION  

      High risk noted on Negros Region    

Political analysts say that the highest risk which the new Negros Island Region (NIR )may take is, if the new president after PNOY Aquino will disfavor NIR and revoke the executive order, EO 5183, of his predecessor. In that case, there is nothing the technical working group can do but to dismantle the regional set up if it shall have been organized in the future.

As already known, the Negros Island Region author is DILG Secretary Mar Roxas who is yet to declare his presidential plans, although he is the most probable anointed one by his Presidential administration allies.

Yet leading the possible presidential race is No. 1 Senator Grace Poe who is on top in the surveys of Pulse Asia for the period March 30 to June 5, 2015 with a rating of 30% . Once leading man VP Jejomar Binay is now following Poe at 26% and followed down third by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, 15% and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas at 10% who tied with Erap Estrada.

Even in the face of this possible scenario, the newly organized technical working group from oriental side has already been named and has in fact started working last Friday in Manila under the DILG supervision, regarding the details of the NEGROS ISLAND REGION.

The Negros Island Region in transition will be backed up by the office...



Negros Oriental will be the seat of at least 16 regional offices of major and coveted national line agencies, including the attached bureaus and divisions as part of the administrative union of the Negros Island Region envisioned to be operational in January 2016.

The Technical Working Groups of the province of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental met Friday at the national office of the Department of Interior and Local Government with Secretary Mar Roxas presiding to finalize the division of regional offices that will be set up in the cities of Dumaguete and Bacolod during the transition period. The Negros Island Region will also be referred to as Region 18.

Vice-Governor Mark Macias lauded the delegation from Negros Occidental led by Governor Alfredo Maranon for being gracious enough to give the Oriental side the first crack in choosing which national agencies will hold its regional offices in Dumaguete City.



No problem if Mar Roxas makes it. But if someone else like Jojo Binay or Grace Poe will win the presidency, will they support the Negros Island Region which was only created by an Executive order (EO183) by a past president who was with their political rival party?

This is a high-risk question on Negros Island Region knowing that the new president can revoke such executive order, EO183 anytime, unless it becomes a Congressional enactment.

Moreover, the Supreme Court will be petitioned shortly by militant groups to have E0183 creating Negros Island Region abolished . The highest tribunal might yet give due course to the constitutional attack made against one Negros Region by BAYAN which is intending to file such case starting with the lower courts anytime.

Technical Working Group (TWG) senior member Dr Henry Sojor, former president of the Norsu State University said that “there is nothing we can do if the new president abolishes Negros Island Region which is only an administrative creation.” Ditto if the Supreme Court decides otherwise with finality.

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