BACOLOD CITY, March 16– The landmass of the country has limited prospect of increasing, with China continuously chipping away a wide swath of Philippine territory in the South China, yet more local governments get created, like new cities, towns, provinces and now a proposed Negros Island Region, favoring an opportunity for more of government bureaucracy and expenses.
Meanwhile, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to submit a position paper on the proposed Negros Island Region (NIR).
Setting up the new region according to the Negros Occidental governor will entail a minimal cost as employees from both provinces will be tapped to ensure the delivery of services on both sides of the island. Negros is the only island in the Philippines that belongs to two different regions, the Oriental to Region 7 in Cebu City, while Occidental is part of Region 6 under Iloilo City.
Residents of both provinces speak different dialects. Negrenses in the Occidental side can speak and understand Cebuano, and many Oriental residents also speak and understand Hiligaynon. (with PNA report)