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Negros Island Region

An idea 20 years in the making, the creation of a unified Negros region was initially opposed. Through Executive Order No. 183 (s. 2015), signed by President Aquino through the intervention of Secretary Roxas as Local Government Chief, all cities, municipalities, and barangays under the former regions that included Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental are now part of just one region. Through the creation of NIR (Negros Island Region), the delivery of basic services to the Negrenses will be faster and more efficient, while development projects like farm-to-market roads, bridges, and other infrastructures will be top priority in the new region.

Roxas: Negros Region ‘Just the Beginning’

“What is important is that Negrenses will no longer be dependent on the schedule of sea travel when they wish to go to the regional centers in Iloilo for the Occidental side and Cebu for the Oriental side,” Roxas said.

Roxas to Join Negrenses in Celebrating Creation of Negros Island Region

In the previous setup, Negros Occidental was attached to Region 6 with its regional center located in Iloilo, while Negros Oriental was part of Region 7 with its regional center situated in Cebu. On both counts, distance and accessibility to national agencies regional offices impeded the efficient delivery of government services to the people of both provinces.

On Executive Order 183 creating the Negros Island Region

I am very pleased to share with you that news that, on May 29, President Aquino signed Executive Order 183, which creates the Negros Island Region. Through this significant EO, all cities, municipalities, and barangays under the former regions that included Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental are now part of just one region.

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