Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez is optimistic that the Negros Island Region (NIR) will be revived within the year through an executive order from the office of the president.
Benitez said that he met with Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. last week to discuss the mechanics of reviving NIR, which was earlier dissolved by former President Rodrigo Duterte. According to the proposal, NIR will now include Siquijor.
The executive order will be drafted with DILG’s assistance and will include resolutions that support the revival of NIR.
Last week, at least nine congressmen in Negros filed a bill pushing for the creation of an expanded NIR before the House of Representatives. A senate version of the bill was also sponsored by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.
The bill seeks to create Region VI- B composed of the provinces of Negros Occidental and Oriental and Siquijor.