Duterte Administration Eyes to Abolish NIR

President Rodrigo Duterte's administration is reportedly eyeing to abolish Negros Island Region (NIR) which is composed of two adjacent provinces Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental according to a MalacaƱang Palace official.

See Also: Pres. Duterte to Sign Executive Order Dissolving NIR

In an interview with Cebu reporters on Saturday, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino said that the dissolution of NIR is possible, citing "budget constraints" as the reason.

"There is a very big chance it (NIR) will be abolished because of the budget constraints," he was quoted saying.

Dino also said in a press release on Sunday that there is no budget allocation for NIR in the 2016 and 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) as confirmed by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

He also added that NIR may be abolished since the current administration is pushing for Federal State of Government.

“It looks like NIR will be superseded by federalism. The likelihood of it being abolished is there,” he said.

NIR was created by virtue of Executive No. 183 signed by former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino upon the endorsement of then Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who lost to presidential race last May.

According to Dino, it's not to late for the Palace to revoke the executive order since the conversion to NIR was not yet fully implemented.

Dino released the statement following speculations that Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental will be reverted back to its old region.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel earlier said that NIR could be one Federal State under the proposed Federal Government.

Meanwhile, the possible plan to abolish the NIR drew negative reactions from Negrenses, with some saying that it would affect the development of the Region.

H/T: Rappler, Sunstar

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