NIR reg’l center draft now in Malacañang

THE draft proclamation creating the Negros Island Regional Center in Kabankalan City is now awaiting approval with the Office of President, according to a regional environment official.

Al Orolfo, director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Negros Island Region (DENR-NIR) said his office endorsed the draft to Malacañang on Thursday, April 21, for the signature of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The area spans 500 hectares that is currently part of the Central Philippines State University.

“It couldn’t be used without the National Government proclaiming it as the regional center,” Orolfo said.

The creation of the regional center needs a Presidential Proclamation for approval, he added.

Once the regional center is established, located on Kabankalan’s border with Mabinay town in Negros Oriental, developments would be established in three years’ time.

At present, the Negros Island Region operates from interim sites in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, where 16 regional offices are located, and Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, which hosts 14 regional offices.

Earlier, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he would ask President Aquino to give priority to the establishment of the regional center in Kabankalan City.

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