Except for the flip-flopping Governor Roel Degamo, practically all local
leaders including business and various sectors in Negros Oriental are strongly
endorsing the Negros Island Region (NIR) initiative.
FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN SORAYA JAAFAR of Tawi-Tawi with Bacolod Chamber of
Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) officers at EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Manila during
dinner Wednesday. It was a cordial meeting that also touched on persistent talks
that the businesswoman will run in Bacolod in 2016 for Congress. Princess Soraya
neither confirmed nor denied. From left, Roberto “Bobby” Montelibano, Princess
Soraya, Crispin Chua and George Zulueta.* (Arman P. Toga photo)
At the consultative forum Saturday at the Negros Oriental Cultural Center in
Dumaguete City, congressmen, mayors councilors and barangay officials were
The forum was held a day after the resolution of the Bacolod-based Metro
Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) headed by Frank Carbon and
Dumaguete-based Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) headed
by Edward Du, approved in August during the 23rd Visayas Area Business
Conference in Cebu, was endorsed to President Benigno Aquino III by Philippine
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) president Alfredo Yao.
Aquino was the keynote speaker Friday during the final day of the October 21
to 24, 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at Manila Hotel.
Saturday’s Dumaguete forum, attended by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., was
hosted by the Negros Oriental League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)
headed by its president and Amlan Mayor Bantham dela Cruz, the Philippine
Councilors League (PCL)-Negros Oriental Chapter headed by its president and
Councilor Chester Lim,