Negros vice guvs meet today

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Friday, August 1, 2014


THE vice governors of the two Negros provinces are scheduled to meet today to possibly discuss the proposed creation of the Negros Island Region.

This was confirmed on Thursday by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. as he revealed that Vice Governors Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental and Edward Mark Macias of Negros Oriental will meet today for lunch.

The governor said he was invited to join the two vice governors, however, he has yet to confirm due to prior commitment.

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Asked what the meeting is about or if the vice governors will tackle the proposed one-island region, Marañon said that he doesn’t know yet.

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo has expressed reservations to the proposed Negros Island Region.

Valencia town Mayor Edgar Teves also submitted a position paper opposing the proposal to unite the two provinces.

Teves said that “attempts to merge the two provinces started way back in 1934 when Negros Island was administratively part of Iloilo and established as a distinct military province in 1850. In 1890, Negros Island was divided into Occidental and Oriental.” “Even from the start, history will tell us that Negros Island was not properly divided. Negros Occidental has the lowlands while Negros Oriental has the mountains,” he said.

Teves also stressed that uniting the two Negros provinces will entail huge budgetary requirements and will take years to accomplish.

He emphasized that Negros Occidental has the competitive edge in terms of power and influence over Negros Oriental. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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