DILG studying proposal to form Negros region

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Thursday that he already ordered a study on the possibility of putting in one region Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.

This was after the Negros Island officials have proposed the creation of one-island region for the two provinces, as Negros Occidental now belongs to Region 6 or Western Visayas, while Negros Oriental to Region 7 or Central Visayas.

Aquino said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is currently studying the proposal.

"We will get the inputs also from Neda (National Economic and Development Authority) since (it) has a Regional Development Council," he said in an interview in Negros Occidental.

He said the government has to ensure that the two Negros provinces will have all the necessary components to ensure their growth.

"So I'm awaiting the findings from the DILG before I can take action on it," Aquino said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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