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Negros Island Region - NIR

Marcos signs Law to create Negros Island Region – NIR

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has officially enacted a law to establish the new Negros Island Region – NIR

Negros Island Region

NIR – Transitional Regional Offices Announced

Negros Island Region

The Technical Working Group (TWG) for Region 18 – better known as Negros Island Region (NIR) – met on Friday, June 19 in Quezon to divide the regional transition offices. The meeting was presided by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas at the Department of Interior and Local Government office in Quezon City. The meeting was attended by delegations of Negros Oriental with by Governor Roel Degamo leading it, and a delegation from Negros Occidental with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. in the leading position.

Bacolod in Negros Occidental will be home for the following clusters of the NIR Transitional Regional Offices for the new Negros Island Region

Governance Office Cluster

  • Department of Finance
  • Commission on Audit
  • DILG (local governments)
  • National Economic Development Authority
  • Department of Budget and Management
  • Commission of Elections

Agriculture and Land Office Cluster

  • Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board
  • Department of Agrarian Reform
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Peace and Order/Security Office Cluster

  • Office of Civil Defense and the Department of Interior and Local Government
    • Philippine National Police,
    • Bureau of Fire Protection
    • Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
  • Department of Justice and its attached agencies.
    • National Bureau of Investigation,
    • Parole and Probation,
    • Prosecutors, etc
  • Department of National Defense

Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental will be home for the following clusters of the Transitional Regional Offices for the new Negros Island Region

Infrastructure Office Cluster

  • Department of Transportation and Communication (and attached agencies)
  • National Telecommunications Commission
  • Franchising Regulatory Board
  • Department of Public Works and Highways,
  • Maritime Industry Authority
  • Land Transportation Office

Human Development Office Cluster

  • Commission on Higher Education
  • Philippine Statistics Authority
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Professional Regulation Commission
  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development
  • Department of Health

Industry and Labor Office Cluster

  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Department of Labor and Employment
  • Department of Trade and Industry
  • Department of Tourism
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Department of Science and Technology

Operation of the NIR transitional offices

The NIR transitional offices will be manned (and of course “womenned”) with budget and staff taken from the regional offices of the Central and Western Visayas, where Negros Oriental and Occidental belonged to.

The plan of Roxas targets the 1st of October 2015 to have the transitional Negros Island Region offices partially and on January 1st, 2016 fully operational.

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.