As the Negros Island Region operations will fully stop on October 9, the Negros Occidental government recognized the efforts of about 34 regional government agencies that served the short-lived region.
A fellowship dinner was held in honor of the NIR regional directors at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday, the last gathering of regional officials as Region 18.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in his speech, said NIR was one of the progressive regions in the country, and when he got news of its dissolution, he was disappointed, he added.
“What happens now, do we stop?” he asked, adding “We will continue to work together and implement plans created under the Negros Island Development Plan.”
Anthony Nuyda, NIR director of the Department of Interior and Local Government, said that under the implementing guidelines of Executive Order No. 38, the region will close on Oct. 9, although some agencies have already closed operations.
Each agency is allowed to continue the operations of their established offices in Negros but they will already be part of the mother regions 6 and 7, he said.
NIR police chief Edmund Gonzales also said the turnover of personnel will be smooth sailing, adding the ceremonies will be held next week and he expects that assignment orders will be released to them this weekend or early next week.
Director Efren Carreon of the National Economic and Development Authority, said working in the short-lived NIR was “a moving and fruitful experience.”
Carreon also said that despite the separation of the two provinces, development programs for the Negros Island will continue as both regions 6 and 7 agreed to pursue projects included in the development agenda of the NIR.
“We will be closely working with Region 6,” said Carreon, who will be assigned as NEDA chief in Central Visayas, adding “The plan to make the whole island a tourism destination will continue as building infrastructures for connecting the two provinces will be pushed.”
Lacson thanked the officials for their services in the island region since its birth on May 2015 through an EO, and said he wished for the best in their new assignments.
“If you continue to help the Negros Island become more progressive, we will forever be indebted to all of you,” Lacson said. *MLG
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