INCOMING Negros Occidental Fifth District Representative Emilio “Dino” Yulo III is pushing for the appointment of a Negrense as the new administrator of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).

“We contribute two-thirds in the national production (of sugar, and) most of the stakeholders are here,” he said, adding that the next SRA chief should have a full grasp of the issues in the sugar industry.

But the former SRA Board Member, who represented the planters, emphasized that the choice of the next administrator of the agency depends on the wisdom of the appointing authority who is the President.

Yulo took the oath before Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson at the latter’s office in Bacolod City yesterday, May 16, as the congressman-elect of the 5th District.

He won against incumbent Congresswoman Ma. Lourdes Arroyo and former barangay captain Makoy Javelosa in the recently-concluded national and local elections.

Meanwhile, the former vice governor also expressed support for the move of reviving the Negros Island Region (NIR), saying that it will bring development and progress to both Negros Occidental and Oriental provinces as well as to their respective local government units.

Reelected Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said over the weekend that the revival of the NIR tops the list of his wishlist under the administration of presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“I made a commitment to support the initiative to revive the NIR (because) it is important for Fifth District,” Yulo said.

He noted that should the NIR be revived, there are a lot of routes that could be used in the Fifth District going to the Negros Oriental side.

Among these are the boundaries between La Castellana town and Canlaon City, Isabela town and Guihulngan City and Himamaylan City and Tayasan town.

“Once these gateways are opened it will bring more development and progress which will lead to a better peace and order,” Yulo stressed, as he admitted that most of the areas in his district are not yet free from insurgency.

Richard Malihan Photo. Incoming Negros Occidental Fifth District Representative Emilio “Dino” Yulo III takes oath before Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson at the Governor’s Office in Bacolod City yesterday, May 16.