“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.
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.
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.