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Migz Zubiri refiles bill to restore Negros Island Region

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Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2453 or the Negros Island Region Act that seeks to bring together Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, establishing them as a single administrative region called the Negros Island Administrative Region.

“We need to make this a law so that whatever administration we are under, the Negros Island Region will stay,” said Zubiri, whose father, Jose Maria Rubin Zubiri Jr. is a Negrense.

The NIR, which was created in 2015 through an executive order by the late President Benigno Aquino III, was abolished by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017. (https://bit.ly/3cxsxZp)

“The establishment of the Negros Island Region in 2015 was a long-awaited victory for Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, with Negrenses have been lobbying for the NIR as far back as the eighties. So, its abolishment in 2017 was a blow,” according to the senator.

Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental currently belong to two different administrative regions – Region VI and VII, respectively.

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