NIR TWG to consult with governors

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The Technical Working Group of Negros Island Region (NIR) will consult the three governors of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Siquijor to decide the “best way… to divide agencies for the regional centers,” according to Negros Occidental Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez (3rd district).

Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Siquijor are the provinces that will compose the proposed Negros Island Region.

Benitez, the author of the NIR bill that includes Siquijor, stated that the three governors must decide “what is the best way to divide agencies” in order to expedite government services. (

When the NIR was first established in 2015, transitional regional offices were established in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, and Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, with funding provided by the existing agencies.

But, NIR was dissolved in 2017 by the the President Rodrigo Duterte.

The House local government panel earlier approved a substitute bill that consolidates the bills of Benitez, and Negros Occidental Reps. Alfredo Marañon III and Juliet Ferrer, creating the NIR, which all include Siquijor.