Marañon Positive of NIR Realization
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. positively hopes that the Negros Island Region (NIR) will push through despite negative feedback.
Reportedly, DILG Under Secretary JV Hinlo mentioned that NIR is not included in the 2018 national budget.
But Gov. Marañon does not close his door because there are many congressmen supporting this project but Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
“We have done so much on NIR. We believe it will be realized because we are still existing. If it is not included in the 2018 budget, then the funds for Negros Occidental will be taken from Region 6, while that of Negros Oriental will be sourced from Region 7. We are still existing. We were not dissolved,” Marañon disclosed.
He also hopes that the Negros congressmen must have taken up the NIR issue before the budget hearing at Congress on August 1.*