Negros Island Region - NIR

Negros Island Region – NIR

Negros Island Region - NIR

The signature of President Benigno S. Aquino III under the Executive Order No. 183, s, 2015  which creates the Negros Island Region – or for short NIR – came faster than many expected.

As many times, we heard and read many different opinions over the last weeks and months about the Negros Island Region. Most of them really showed a lot of misunderstanding what that new built region really is.  One of the most common mistakes is the thought that Negros Oriental and Occidental will be one big province.

This is wrong! The two provinces will remain independent. They are NOT forced together.

While the words “region” and “province” should be self-explaining, it appears that they also get widely ignored. Both provinces will remain independent with their own provincial governments in Dumaguete and Bacolod. A region in the Philippines has no own government (with one exception, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao). However, it does have a regional center which is not yet announced and once again all cities thrown into that are pure speculations.

Why a Negros Island Region?

Negros Oriental belonged with Cebu Island, Bohol and Siquijor to Region VII (Central Visayas) Negros Occidental was part of Region VI, the Western Visayas which consists of the provinces of  Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo.  Being part of this regions the piece of the money-pie which went to the two provinces on Negros Island was considerably smaller per head as it is supposed to be.

Funds were rather used for the cities on the main islands (Cebu and Panay) of each region than passed to Negros Island. Now the new formed Negros Island Region may or may not show more unity when it comes down to the funds. The NIR will heave a better position when it comes to public investments where our island felt short in the past.

For all who did not read the EO No.183, below a quote of it to get familiar with the content.





WHEREAS, Article X, Section 4 of the Constitution provides that the President shall exercise general supervision over local government units;

WHEREAS, the administrative regions were established to promote efficiency in the Government, accelerate social and economic development and improve public services;

WHEREAS, Article X, Section 14 of the Constitution requires the President to provide for regional development councils or other similar bodies for purposes of administrative decentralization to strengthen the autonomy of units therein; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to further accelerate the social and economic development of the cities and municipalities comprising the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental and improve the delivery of public services in the aforementioned provinces;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution and existing laws, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. Negros Island Region

The Negros Island Region (NIR) is hereby created. The NIR shall be composed of the following provinces, including the cities, municipalities, and barangays comprising the provinces:

a. Negros Oriental; and
b. Negros Occidental.

SECTION 2. Negros Island Region Technical Working Group (NIR-TWG)

A Negros Island Technical Working Group, composed of the Office of the President (OP), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the representatives of the Provinces of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental, is hereby constituted to form a Technical Working Group (TWG).

The TWG will formulate a Roadmap to put in place the institutional arrangements for the NIR by 2015-2016; recommend to the OP the preferred Regional Center; arrange the requirements for organizational development, staffing, and budgeting of regional line and regulatory agencies, as well as the imperatives for development planning and investment programming.

SECTION 3. Regional Councils

Notwithstanding the activities of the NIR-TWG, the following Regional Councils are hereby constituted and the following government agencies are hereby designated as the interim secretariats:

a. Negros Island Development Council – NEDA Secretariat;
b. Negros Island Peace and Order Council – DILG as Secretariat; and
c. Negros Island DRRM Council – Office of Civil Defense (OCD) as Secretariat.

SECTION 4. Funding

The funding for NIR-TWG shall be sourced from the implementing agencies of the NIR-TWG and the provinces making up the NIR, subject to the availability of funds and upon compliance with all existing applicable laws and budgetary, accounting, and auditing rules and regulations.

SECTION 5. Role of Government Agencies

All departments, bureaus, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities of the national government, including government-owned or -controlled corporations and government financial institutions, are hereby directed to extend their full assistance to the NIR-TWG in support of its functions and activities.

SECTION 6. Repealing

All orders, issuances, rules and regulations or parts thereof which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Order are hereby repealed, amended, or modified accordingly.

SECTION 7. Separability

If any provision of this Order is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other provisions unaffected thereby shall remain valid and subsisting.

SECTION 8. Effectivity

This Order shall take effect immediately upon its publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

DONE, in the City of Manila, this 29th day of May, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Fifteen.


By the President:

Executive Secretary

source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

The Negros Island Region will not be the “cure for cancer” and it will take time to see any positive effect. One thing is certain, it can be a big step in the direction of improvement. If that will happen and how long it takes is to this point only speculation and certainly depends on the “captains and their crew” to navigate the NIR into the (hopefully) correct direction.

Tayasan Fiesta 2015

Tayasan Fiesta 2015

Tayasan Fiesta 2015

The Dalit Tayasanon Festival 2015 is in full swing While the municipality of Tayasan does not belong to the biggest in Negros Oriental, Tayasanons certainly know how to throw a party. The Schedule of activities of the Tayasan Fiesta 2015 is filled with events for all ages to enjoy.

Tayasan Fiesta 2015 – Schedule of Events

June 6, 2015, Saturday

Drag Race (National Open)

June 7, 2015, Sunday

Day: Mountain Bike Challenge (National Open)

Night:Rap Contest (Open Province Wide)

June 8, 2015, Monday

Day: Pagpangandam ( Preparation)

Night: Battle of the Champions “SANGKA SA BANGGIITANG”

MAG-AAWIT SA TAYASAN” (Open 1st Cong. District)

Presentation of Candidates

June 9, 2015, Tuesday

Night: Pop Dance (Open Province Wide)

June 10, 2015, Wednesday

8:00 AM CALLE de BALLAR ( Street Dance)

2:00 PM PALIHE SHOWDOWN “Dalit Tayasanon Festival 2015″

Night: Senior Citizen’s Night (Kagabhion sa mga Edaran)­­­

June 11, 2015, Thursday

Day: Pagpangandam

* Presentation of Past Beauties

June 12, 2015, Friday

5:00AM Mass of All Churches

6:00AM Fluvial Procession “DAWAT”

7:00AM Flag Raising – Independence Day Parade “ADLAW SA KAGAWASAN” with Past and Present Beauties

Lumba sa Sakayan (Racing)

Night: Miss Tayasan 2015 “Gabie Sa Pasunding” – Coronation Night Special guest: Actor Jordan Herrera

June 13, 2015, Saturday

4:00AM High Mass All Churches

Motocross (National Open)

8:00PM – Disco with Skillage Band


Sibulan Fiesta 2015

Sibulan Annual Town Fiesta 2015

Sibulan Fiesta 2015

Time to celebrate the Sibulan Annual Town Fiesta from May 30 to June 14, 2015. There is something for everybody, whether one is active or a passive spectator.

Sibulan Annual Town Fiesta – Schedule of Activities 

Saturday May 30, 2015

Opening Salvo
9:00 PM Presentation of Miss Sibulan 2015 Candidates
Fireworks at the Municipal Plaza
Mojo Fly Band from Manila feat.
Lougee Basabas Foam Party Part II & Disco at Municipal Covered Auditorium

Sunday May 31, 2015

5:00 AM Sibulan Adventure Run Fun Run; 3K; 5K & 10K Off-Half Marathon 21K *Selected Sibulan Areas.

Sunday May 31 to June 6, 2015

6:00 PM Inter-LGU Basketball Tournament at the Municipal Covered Auditorium

Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 05, 2015 to June 07 2015

8:00 AM 1st Invitational Non-Master Chess Tournament at the Municipal Plaza.

Friday June 5, 2015

5:00 PM ZUMBA at the Park

Sunday June 7, 2015

6:00 PM First All Star Celebrity Basketball Sunday Exhibition Game VS. Shaman Air at the Municipal Covered Auditorium. (by: Bayong Fontelo Wedding & Events)

Monday June 8, 2015

8:00 PM Miss Sibulan 2015” Talent Presentation and SMB Night w/ Live Band & Disco at the Municipal Covered Auditorium.

Tuesday June 9, 2015

Hudyaka Sibulan
A night of song & comedy Tuesday feat. Angel of Ms Tres, Boobsie Wonderland & Alex Castro – 8pm at the Municipal Covered Auditorium (by: Bayong Fontelo Wedding & Events)

Wednesday June 10, 2015

“Miss Sibulan 2015” Technical Rehearsal at the Municipal Covered Auditorium
6:00 PM Minus-One Singing Competition Junior
Minus-One Singing Competition Senior
Modern Dance Competition
Rap Competition at the Municipal Plaza

Thursday June 11, 2015


Friday June 12, 2015

6:00 AM Independence Day Celebration at the Municipal Plaza Civic Parade at *Sibulan Streets
1:00 PM Banca/Pumpboat Racing Port, Sibulan, Negros Oriental
4:00 PM Fluvial Procession Ajong to Agan-an seas and Vice Versa
9:00 PM GLOBE Night : Live Band feat. 6k Band
People’s Night Disco at the Municipal Covered Auditorium

Saturday June 13, 2015

11:00 AM Thanksgiving Mass at *St. Anthony Parish Church, Sibulan
8:00 PM People’s Night Disco at the Municipal Covered Auditorium.

Sunday June 14, 2015

1:00 PM Triathlon Swim: 750m 1500m Jump Off point Maayo Shipping Lines: Bike: 40k Run: 10k

Happy Fiesta 2015, Sibulan

Guihulngan City Fiesta

Guihulngan City Fiesta 2015

Guihulngan City Fiesta

Guihulngan City Fiesta 2015 – Schedule of Activities

Thursday May 14, 2015

7:00 PM Fireworks Display (Opening Salvo) Freedom Park
Live Band ( City Gymnasium)

Firday May 15, 2015

Peace and Unity Camp Day1 (Hinakpan Hills)
Live Band (City Gymnasium)

Saturday May 16, 2015

Peace and Unity Camp 2 (Hinakpan Hills)
8:00 PM Live Band (City Gymnasium)

Sunday May 17, 2015

PNP, 11th IB, BJMP,BFP Night

Monday May 18, 2015

4:00 PM Fun Run
9:00 AM Parade of Miss Gay 2015 Candidates
8:00 PM Miss Gay 2015 Pageant

Tuesday May 19, 2015

8:00 PM J. Brothers Concert

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Cebu City Comedians

Thursday May 21, 2015

8:00 PM Senior Citizen Competation and Live Band

Friday May 22, 2015

8:00 PM Dance Sports Competition and Live Band

Saturday May 23, 2015

Motocross (Morning) Lamacan Lake Cuenca,
8:00 PM Diana Nemeses and ABS – CBN Comedians Live at Guihulngan City Auditorium

Sunday May 24, 2015

7:00 AM City Parade
All School Bands Competition (after the Parade at Guihulngan City Auditorium)
8:00 PM Miss Guihulngan 2015 Talent, Pageant and Coronaton Night

Monday May 25, 2015

6:00 AM Mass ( Catholic Church)
7:00 AM Street Dancing
1:00 PM Showdown
7:00 PM Fireworks Competition Freedom Park
8:00 PM Neil Coleta, Chocoeit and Group

Happy Fiesta 2015 to Guihulngan City

Vallehermoso Fiesta 2015

Vallehermoso – Kanglambat Festival

Vallehermoso Fiesta 2015

Vallehermoso is celebrating the annual town Fiesta and the Kanglambat Festival 2015 this coming week. Following the Events of the Fiesta with the Highlight being the search for Miss Vallehermoso 2015 on Thursday Evening and the Kanglambat Festival the following day.

Schedule of Activities

Tuesday May 12, 2015

8:00 AM Opening Parade, Jon and Agro Fair
7:00 PM Balikbayan and Parish Night Featuring: PORK and BEANS

Wednesday May 13, 2015

8:00 AM Open Invitational Football Festival (Mayor Joniper T. Villegas Cup)
Baketball Tournament Final Games
7:00 PM Department of Education Night

Thursday May 14, 2015

6:00 PM Open Modern Dance Competition
9:00 PM Search for Miss Vallehermoso 2015

Friday May 15, 2015

1:00 PM Kanglambat Festival
8:00 PM Swimwear Competition , La Playa Night Featuring: Bryan Termulo and Youtube Sensation Chikita. Back to Back Live Band featuring: Raviola and Skillage Band

Happy Fiesta Vallehermoso

Ayungon Fiesta

Ayungon Fiesta 2015

Ayungon Fiesta

The municipality of Ayungon is almost ready for their annual Fiesta. Prep-work is nearly finished, so it is time to celebrate.

Ayungon Fiesta 2015 – Schedule of Events

Sunday April 05, 2015
Kick – Off Parade for Summer Sports League
(Basketball, Volleyball, Lawn Tennis, and Badminton)

Tuesday and Wednesday April 28 to 29, 2015
Badmidton Summer Tournament (ABEC)

Saturday and Sunday May 02 to May 03, 2015
Lawn Tennis Inter- Club Summer League Tournament (ALTEC)

Sunday May 10, 2015
Ayungon Mountain Bike Cross Country Challenge
Presentation of Miss Ayungon 2015
Foam Party (Negros Academy &Negros College)

Monday May 11, 2015
Miss Ayungon 2015 Talent Night (DepEd)
A.C.E.S. Grand Alumni Home (Aces Alumni Batch 1980)

Tuesday May 12, 2014
Barangay Poblacion Night
Open Dance Competition

Wednesday May 13, 2015
Miss Ayungon The Pasgeant (DepEd)

Thursday May 14, 2015
Miss Ayungon 2015 Coronation Night (AMECCO)

Friday May 15, 2015
Fiesta Party with Live Band (LGU/ AMECCO)

Saturday May 16, 2015
Pinasikat (PIC Youth)

Happy Fiesta Ayungon – Viva Senior San Isidro


NOCCI NIR Position Paper


The following publication of the NOCCI was sent to us by BM Ikay Villanueva.

NOCCI NIR Position Paper


NOIPC Bldg., Capitol Area, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Tel. No. (035) 226-1036, 422-0243   Email address:




Ever since Negros Oriental became a part of Region 7, its poverty incidence for the past 10-15 years has relatively remained unchanged. In fact, based on the poverty statistics obtained from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) for the 10-year period from 2003 to 2012, Negros Oriental was consistently the poorest province in Region 7 and consistently in the Top 20 poorest provinces in the Philippines with poverty incidence ranging from 41% to 52%.  In 2003 alone, the 5 poorest municipalities in Region 7 were all located in Negros Oriental with poverty incidence ranging from 61.4% to 65.7%.

Meanwhile, Cebu City and Tagbilaran City, the capital cities of Cebu and Bohol, respectively, have been consistently in the Top 10 Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines, based on the biennial survey conducted by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy center (2009,2011).

However, what is now alarming to the business sector is the fact that due to the continued inequitable allocation of scarce national government resources at the Regional Development Council-Region VII, poverty incidence for Negros Oriental has worsened from 2009 to 2012 compared to its immediate neighbors-Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor and Negros Occidental as shown below:

Y  e  a  r      2  0  0  9                        Y  e  a  r       2  0  1  2

Poverty Incidence    Ranking        Poverty  Incidence   Ranking

Cebu                                 26.7%                      45*                     22.4%                       50*

Bohol                                38.6%                      21*                     32.5%                       30*

Siquijor                             26.1%                      46*                     24.6%                       48*

Negros Occidental         28.3%                       41*                     26.2%                       44*

Negros Oriental              41.9%                       15*                     45.3%                         9*

*Note: Above figures were derived from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) thru NSCB website :

What is more alarming is despite the all-out efforts of NOCCI to bring in new investors from 2010 to 2012 (e.g. Dumaguete Business Park, Robinsons Mall, Qualfon 1&2, Linksys IT Park, SPi Global, PNOC privatization, GoHOTEL, Hotel Essencia, Florentina Hotel, Bahura Resort, Atmosphere Resort, URSUMCO Ethanol Plant, Nasulo Geothermal Plant, Camella Homes, etc…), the poverty incidence still worsened from 41.9%  in 2009  to 45.3% in 2012.  In other words, without the entry of these 14 new investors to Negros Oriental beginning 2010, NOCCI believes the poverty incidence could have been likely much higher than 45.3%.

Based on the latest official poverty incidence data derived from the National Statistical Coordination Board, Negros Oriental is now ranked as the 9th poorest province in the country out of 81 provinces nationwide with almost half of its households (45.3%) unable to meet their basic daily needs.  This is very alarming. While all the other four neighboring provinces have been able to successfully reduce their poverty incidence these past 20 years by at least 2 to 9 notches, Negros Oriental’s poverty incidence has worsened by 6 notches from 15th poorest Province in 2009 to 9th poorest Province in 2012.  Next year, the business community predicts a far worst scenario for Negros Oriental with the full implementation of the ASEAN economic integration that is expected to severely hit our marginal farmers in the sugar, coconut, aquaculture and livestock industries as imported refined sugar, imported palm oil, imported coconut milk, imported marine and frozen meat/poultry products from Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Malaysia, freely enter the Philippine market at almost zero tariff thereby threatening the agricultural competitiveness of our marginal farmers and fisherfolks who are not yet ready to compete with their ASEAN counterparts. The coming ASEAN tsunami will surely hit Negros Oriental because Negros Oriental is predominantly an agricultural province unlike Cebu and Bohol which rely on manufacturing and tourism and not agriculture. Thus, since Bohol and Cebu will not be affected by the ASEAN tsunami, they don’t care what happens to Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Clearly, without a doubt, the current status quo is not benefitting Negros Oriental and given the historical track record of both Bohol and Cebu at the Regional Development Council, we in NOCCI believe that Bohol and Cebu will both continue to dominate and corner the lion’s share of Region VII’s big ticket infrastructure projects in the coming years as they have consistently done so in the past 20 years. In fact, the biggest irony and anomaly of it all is that in the other regions of the Philippines, normally the poorest provinces are almost always given priority in infrastructure projects but sadly in Region 7, the reverse is true. Negros Oriental, even though it has been consistently known to be the poorest province in Region 7 was never given any sympathetic treatment by Bohol and Cebu thereby explaining its worsening poverty situation; while Bohol and Cebu continue to reduce their poverty incidence by 4-6% every 3 years.  But now, for the very first time in the history of Negros Oriental, we finally have a platform that will give us a fighting chance to get us out of the list of the Top 20 Poorest Provinces with the help of our future “Big Brother” Negros Occidental under the New Negros Island Region (NNIR). Thus, the time to separate from Region 7 has come and must now be seriously considered by our local political leaders unless the people of Negros Oriental remain CONTENTED WITH THE STATUS QUO of being consistently in the Top 20 Poorest Provinces of the Philippines while our immediate neighbors (Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor & Negros Occidental) continue to reduce their poverty incidence and progress way ahead of us.

Although some of our local political leaders believe there can be no absolute guarantee that separating from Region 7 will automatically address Negros Oriental’s poverty incidence, we in the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce also believe that there is also nothing to lose and everything to gain if Negros Oriental joins Negros Occidental under a One-Island, One-Region set-up because under NOCCI’s proposal for a 3-year “experimental” or transition period, if after 3 years, the poverty incidence worsens under the 1-Negros Island Region regime, we can always go back to our respective Regions (Region 7 for Neg.Or. and Region 6 for Neg.Occ.) and permanently abandon the 1-Negros Island Region initiative.  Simply put, a 3-year transition/experimental period offers not only a “win-win” window of opportunity for Negros Oriental but is almost a zero risk proposition for both Provinces because there are no expected major political structural changes or adverse socio-economic implications to Negros Oriental under a 1-Negros Island Region set-up. As the saying goes, better to have experimented and failed than never having experimented at all !

Thus, last August 1 2014, the NOCCI board of trustees and officers went to Bacolod City and submitted a detailed Position Paper to Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon, Vice Governor Bong Lacson and Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce & Industry proposing for the immediate conversion of all existing provincial offices of all national government agencies into sub-regional offices to save on billions of pesos in the construction of 35 new regional office buildings and hiring of 350 new regional government officials and staff.  Our Position Paper was approved by Governor Maranon and Vice Gov. Bong Lacson and on August 22, 2014, all the 16 Visayan Chambers of Commerce all over the Visayas including Cebu and Iloilo chambers of commerce unanimously approved our Position Paper. Yesterday, our Position Paper was unanimously approved by the PCCI Board of Directors in Manila Hotel during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and formally endorsed by PCCI President Ambassador Alfredo Yao to President PNoy for presidential action. We are hopeful that beginning January 1 2015, in time for the full implementation of the ASEAN economic integration, President PNoy will act on our Position Paper by immediately appointing all existing Provincial Directors of all national government agencies in both Dumaguete and Bacolod Cities as concurrent Regional Directors and/or concurrent Asst. Regional Directors according to seniority status under existing Civil Service Commission rules and regulations.

Finally, we in NOCCI believe that Negros Oriental’s chances of reducing poverty incidence under a 1-Negros Island Region are high given the following potential economic scenarios:

  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for a 1-Negros Island Region, all existing Neg.Or. & Neg.Occ. provincial offices of all the 30 various national government agencies (e.g. DA, DENR, DOLE, DTI, DOST, TESDA, DSWD, DILG, DPWH, DEPed, DAR, BIR, BOC, NBI, BI, PNP, LTO, LRA, SSS, PHILHEALTH, PAG-IBIG, PCSO, MARINA, NFA, PCA, FIDA, BFAR, PPA, CAAP, NSO) can now be automatically converted into sub-regional offices by mere Presidential Executive Order thereby saving billions of pesos in constructing new regional buildings/offices and bringing government services much closer to the poor people of both Negros Oriental and Occidental. Aside from the huge savings (amounting to P1.2B per year for 30 regional offices’ annual salaries alone) in hiring new government personnel to operate the regional offices, the more significant savings is on the travelling expenses of our poor people who still have to travel and stay a few days in Cebu or Iloilo for the renewal of their passports, PRC licenses for all professionals, DOLE Clearance, LTFRB vehicle franchises, DENR ECC permits, HLURB license to sell, Bureau of Lands simple subdivision permit, seaman’s license/notebook, POEA clearance for all OFWs, TESDA NC certification, taking government licensure board exams, SEC registration, BOI Registration, PEZA registration, DOT accreditation license, MARINA permits, BIR tax exemption for low cost housing projects, DAR conversion clearance, FDA import clearance, Bureau of Customs accreditation import permit, renewal of gun permits, and a host of other regional permits that have made life so miserable for our poor people who have long suffered and endured for centuries the red tape persecution, “provincial” discrimination and even inhuman insults of “Imperial” Cebu ever since Negros island was split into two provinces.  For our elected public officials and Provincial Directors, 8 hours roundtrip land travel to Cebu every month just to follow up their respective projects means 36 days lost every year for every local and provincial government official multiplied by 56 local and provincial government officials or a total of 2,016 days lost every year due to land travel to Cebu alone. In terms of travelling and fuel expenses, the estimated amount lost to unnecessary travel to Cebu alone by our 56 local and provincial officials is approximately P10Million pesos per year including board and lodging. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, Negros Oriental will automatically save P10Million a year just in travelling and fuel expenses alone of our local and provincial government officials. Isn’t this reason enough to support the 1-Negros Island Region set-up?
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, voting in the Regional Development Council will no longer be a game of numbers unlike the present set-up wherein Negros Oriental and Siquijor will always be outvoted by Cebu and Bohol in terms of priority infrastructure projects approval;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, allocation of scarce national government resources will now be equitably shared by only two provinces instead of four. Unlike the present set-up wherein Cebu and Bohol have always gotten more than 75% of the big-ticket infrastructure projects allocated for Central Visayas (example, Panglao International airport, Cebu mactan bridge, etc…), under the 1-Negros Island Region, only 2 Governors will decide on how to equitably share the entire Regional Infrastructure Allocation.
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 30 national government agencies alone usually hold their annual regional/national conventions and quarterly meetings at their regional capitals. These annual regional & national conventions by all the 30 national government agencies alone can easily bring in annual gross revenues of at least P6M to P12M to both Provinces instead of the current set-up wherein all existing provincial directors of all national government agencies have to travel to Cebu or Iloilo just to attend their annual regional/national conventions and quarterly meetings thereby giving zero business to their respective home provinces;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, since there are five times more businessmen and factories in Negros Occidental than in Negros Oriental, Oriental Negrenses can now be given priority in employment by Negros Occidental businessmen because given the worsening poverty incidence of Negros Oriental these past few years as reported by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Negros Occidental now has a moral duty and obligation to act as a “big brother” to Negros Oriental and help our Province reduce its worsening poverty incidence during the 3-year “transition period” by employing our skilled workers and sharing their best practices in reducing their poverty incidence from 28.3% in 2009 to 26.2% in 2012 despite their huge population, lack of geothermal power source, limited tourist attractions, and monocrop economy (sugar-based economy);
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the two Provinces can now prepare a 5 or 10-year master plan or industry roadmaps for the economic development of the entire Negros Island especially with the upcoming 2015 ASEAN economic integration. In the case of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental, the local economy of both provinces is largely dependent on the sugar industry which is facing a serious threat in 2015 with the full implementation of AFTA as imported sugar from Thailand will start entering the Philippine market at almost zero tariff. Since both Provinces speak the same “sugar” language, then with more reason, the 2 Provinces must now join hands and work together as an Island Region to prepare for the full impact of AFTA come 2015;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 2 Provinces can now jointly plan, design, and agree on priority infrastructure projects that will make the Island Region attractive to both local and foreign investors. These infrastructure projects like connecting farm-to-market roads for both Provinces will enhance market access and create more livelihood opportunities for our marginal farmers in the entire Island Region. Other long-term infrastructure projects like ports, airports, special economic zones, etc… can now be master-planned by both Provinces to make the entire Negros Island a viable and attractive investment and tourist destination and not only Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo or Boracay that are currently dominating and cornering the infrastructure projects for the entire Visayas;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 2 Provinces can now jointly plan, negotiate, and agree on a common energy roadmap that will ensure the availability, reliability and competitiveness of the entire Island’s power supply requirements for the next 5, 10, or 20 years to ensure sustained economic growth for both Provinces especially that the 220 megawatt Palinpinon Geothermal Power Plant is located in Negros Oriental;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 2 Provinces can now jointly draft, plan, and agree on a common Tourism roadmap that will promote the entire Negros Island as an attractive island destination instead of merely getting the tourist “spillovers” from Cebu, Bohol and Boracay;
  1. Since both Provinces now belong to the Top 10 Next Wave Cities for Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs), under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 2 Provinces can now strengthen, share and complement each other’s educational reforms and human resource skills training programs to further improve the quality of education in both the public and private schools;
  1. Divorcing from Region 7 does not necessarily mean that tourism, trade and commerce with Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor will diminish. In fact Negros Oriental, being sandwiched by 3 very progressive provinces will now be able to create a new economic corridor, i.e., the 1-Negros-Bohol-Cebu triangle with Negros Oriental at the “heart” of the said new triangle. This new economic corridor will have a combined market of at least 6 Million consumers thereby creating a critical mass that can attract the big players to invest in this new corridor.


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Pakol Festival - Sta. Catalina

Sta. Catalina Pakol Festival 2015

Pakol Festival - Sta. Catalina

67th Santa Catalina Annual Town Fiesta 2015 and the Pakol Festival is in full swing. Following the schedule for the week full of celebrations. The festivities will last until April25, 2015.

Town Festival 2015 and the Pakol Festival
Calendar of Activities

Theme: “Panaghiusa: Dalan sa Kalampusan ug Kauswagan” (Unity is the way to Success and Prosperity)

Monday April 20, 2015

7:00AM 2015 Fiesta Opening Invitational Mountain Bike Challenge Leaded by Barangay Poblacion, Sports Office at National Highway & Barangay Roads
6:00PM Invitational Basketball Games Leaded by Sports Committee, Sport Office at Municipal Gymnasium.
6:00PM Fiesta Open Invitational Lawn Tennis Tournament Leaded by Sport Office at Municipal Tennis Court

Tuesday April 21, 2015

8:00AM Banca Race Leaded by MAO, Sports Office at Municipal Boulevard
6:00PM Fiesta Open Invitational Lawn Tennis Tournament leaded by Sports Office at Municipal Tennis Court.
8:00PM Presentation and Talent Night also “Harana sa Santa Catalina 2015” leaded by Pageant Committee, LGU at Municipal Plaza.

Wednesday April 22, 2015

8:00AM Agro Fair leaded by MAO at Municipal Plaza
1:00PM 8th Skills Enhancement Games Leaded By MAO at Municipal Plaza
6:00PM 2015 Fiesta Open Invitational Lawn Tennis Tournament leaded by Sports Office at Municipal Tennis Court.
8:00PM Technical Rehearsals “Hara sa Santa Catalina 2015” leaded by Pageant Committee at Municipal Quadrangle.
8:00PM 2015 Fiesta Open Invitational Boxing Tournament leaded by Barangay Poblacion, Sport Office at Municipal Gymnasium

Thursday April 23, 2015

8:00AM Agro Fair Leaded by MAO at Municipal Plaza.
2:00PM Civic Parade & Float Contest Leaded by LGU, ABC, DepEd, CSO’s at Municipal Streets.
8:00PM Selection and Coronation Night “Hara sa Santa Catalina 2015” leaded by Pageant Committee at Municipal Quadrangle.

Friday April 24, 2015

8:00AM Agro Fair Leaded by MAO at Municipal Plaza.
1:00PM Street Dance Contest “Pakol Festival 2015” Leaded by Pageant Committee at Municipal Streets.
3:00PM Showdown and Field Presentation “Pakol Festival 2015” leaded by Pakol Festival Committee at Municipal Plaza.
8:00PM Senior Citizens and LGU Night leaded by OSCA at Municipal Quadrangle
8:00PM a Night of Seduction with Jennifer Lee Leaded by Office of Board Members Arnulfo A. Teves at Municipal Gymnasium.
12:00MN Fireworks Display Leaded by Engineering Office at Municipal Plaza

Saturday April 25, 2015

4:00AM Diana Leaded by Santa Catalina Parish at Municipal Streets
10:00AM Concelebrated Mass Leaded by Santa Catalina Parish at Catholic Church.
8:00PM Disco Night Leaded by LGU at Municipal Quadrangle.

Happy Fiesta 2015 – Sta. Catalina

Pandanyag Festival - La Libertad

La Libertad Pandanyag Festival 2015

La Libertad is celebrating the annual Pandanyag Festival 2015 from April 22 – April 28, 2015. Following the highlights.

Pandanyag Festival 2015 – Schedule of Activities

Pandanyag Festival - La Libertad

Wednesday April 22, 2015

2:00 PM Ms. Teen Candidates Float Parade
3:00 PM Mass @ San Sebastian Parish Church
4:00 PM Opening of Booth & Agri-Display & Presentation of Ms. Teen Candidates

Thursday April 23, 2015

7:00 PM Cultural Night By DEP.ED. La Libertad District
Balak, Balitaw, Harana Competition

Friday April 24, 2015

8:00 PM Modern Dance Open Competition By LLTVS, Sir Ronald Enoc

Saturday April 25, 2015

8:00 PM Teen Pop Singing Competition By Mr. Ian Encarnacion

Sunday April 26, 2015

8:00 PM Ballroom Night
8:00PM Silliman University Jazz Band

Monday April 27, 2015

8:00 PM Miss Teen La Libertad (Local Search)
Disco Featuring DJ Macoy

Tuesday April 28, 2015

8:00 AM Traditional Games
9:00 PM Rhapsody by DJ Mark Lester Soliman

Happy Fiesta 2015 – La Libertad

Libod Sayaw Festival - Bindoy

Libod Sayaw Festival 2015 in Bindoy

Libod Sayaw Festival - Bindoy

The annual fiesta and the Libod Sayaw Festival in Bindoy is usually celebrated on April 4. This year it falls together with the Easter weekend. Therefore the Libod Sayaw Festival is moved to April 5. The name means literally “Dancing around” or dancing through the streets.

Events of the Libod Sayaw Festival 2015

Saturday March 28
Presentation Night sponsored by DLANHS and LGU

Sunday March 29
Handuraw back to back with Ka luk a Lyk sponsored by DepEd 1&2

Monday March 30
Battle of the Bands sponsored by LGU/Tourism Unit

Tuesday April 2 Holy Thursday
Friday April 3 Good Friday
Saturday April 4 Black Saturday

Sunday April 5
Libod Sayaw, Civic Parade, Talent Night sponsored by DLANHS and LGU

Monday April 6
Selection and Coronation Night (town Fiesta) sponsored by DLANHS and LGU

Tuesday April 7
Solid Disco and Live Band sponsored by LGU

Wednesday April 8
Morning  Fisher folks Day Boat Paddle Contest, hook & Line Contest, Fluvial Parade, Mud Crab Catching, Beach Volleyball , Sponsored by DA/RARE
Evening  Miss Gay sponsored by DSWD

Thursday April 9
Neon Lights Party  sponsored by Women’s Organization.