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Otso Diretso bets want to restore Negros Island Region

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who was born and raised in Sipalay City in Negros Occidental, says he supports the return of the Negros Island Region

NATIVE SON. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Gary Alejano campaigns in his home province of of Negros Occidental. He says he was born and raised in Sipalay City. Photo by Mara Cepda/Rappler

After Negros Island Region abolition, Duterte hopes 2 provinces remain united

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'May this dislocation foster solidarity and camaraderie,' President Rodrigo Duterte says at the opening rites of the Buglasan Festival at Dumaguete City

UNITY. President Rodrigo Duterte hopes the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental remain united even after he dissolved the Negros Island Region. Photo by Marcelino Pascua/Malacañang

Abolition of Negros Island Region: Good or bad news?

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:13 PM

The Negros Island Region was probably not a good idea in the first place

No employee displacement with Negros Region abolition – DILG

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The DILG finds a way to keep Negrosanons inside the now divided island

DIVIDED. DILG OIC Catalino Cuy says there are only a few who will be displaced by the divide of the Negros Island Region. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Retain Negros Island regional offices, local execs urge Malacañang

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Under the NIR 14 regional offices are housed in Bacolod City Negros Occidental while 16 others are in Dumaguete City Negros Oriental

Contractuals will be worst hit by dissolution of Negros Island Region

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:53 PM

While non permanent hires worry regulars may need to relocate to Dumaguete – at least 200 kilometers away from their present office in Bacolod City

DIVIDE. The dissolution of the region may lead to loss of jobs and uprooting for its employees.

DILG exec urges fellow Negrosanons to respect end of NIR

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

DILG undersecretary Jesus Hinlo says he respects the administration s priorities even if it excludes the long time dream of his people

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Aug 09, 2017 - 8:29 PM

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Roxas, Negros officials disappointed over Duterte decision to dissolve NIR

Aug 09, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED Former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II a Negrense through his mother had spearheaded efforts to create the region

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Aug 09, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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Duterte dissolves Negros Island Region

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s new executive order returns Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental to Western Visayas and Central Visayas respectively

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 17th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 7, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NCR survives C. Luzon to arrange final date vs NIR in secondary softball

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Aliza Pichon and Shirlette Maygay lead the NCR softbelles to a 2 1 win against Central Luzon

STRIKE. Aleona Pichon (10) of the National Capital Region misses a hit midway through their semifinals match against Central Luzon at the Camp Fullon Field in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Thursday, April 28.  Photo by: Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

Central, Western Visayas survive secondary boys tennis knock-outs

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Gener Francis Lambayan of Region VII survives NIR s KC Baran while Alfrancis Andrade of Region VI wins a nail biter against Mimaropa s MP Ong

BEATING THE HEAT. Genaro Lambayan, victorious in his first match against Region 7, strides under the Antique heat. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

NIR stuns defending champion NCR in secondary baseball event

Apr 25, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The win clinches the first seed in the grouping for the Negros Island Region in the Palarong Pambansa 2017

LOCKED IN. NCR’s Amado stays locked in to every action of the NIR pitcher. Photo by Brent Guiao/ Rappler

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Negrenses sign manifesto urging Duterte to keep Negros Island Region

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:35 AM

We are appealing for the retention of NIR to allow us to continue to exist and flourish says Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr as he notes the NIR is the country s 5th richest region

Save Negros Island Region, local officials ask Duterte

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Interior Undersecretary for Public Safety Jesus Hinlo Jr receives the appeal from the people of the Negros Island Region

SAVE NIR. Officials of Negros Island Region are appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to retain the region during the forum held Monday at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City. Photo by Marchel P. Espina /Rappler

Zubiri, Aquino oppose abolition of Negros Island Region

Oct 21, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the newly created region is requesting P19 billion which the national government can spend on other priorities

DILG Negros chief found dead in Valenzuela City condo

Oct 18, 2016 - 1:51 PM

DILG regional director Margie Biligan described as a dedicated civil servant was in Metro Manila to attend a seminar

DILG REGION 18 DIRECTOR. Margie Biligan (left), DILG director for the Negros Island Region or Region 18 addresses the turnover of patrol jeeps to regional police. Photo from  rlrddpro18 Twitter page

Don’t dissolve Negros Island Region, lawmakers ask Duterte

Oct 14, 2016 - 4:36 PM

10 Negrense lawmakers write an appeal to the President

FATE OF NEGROS ISLAND. The decision to sign an EO dissolving the Negros Island Region was reached during the 7th Cabinet meeting on October 3, 2016, according to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Photo from Office of the Vice President

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Oct 12, 2016 - 1:19 PM

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Duterte to sign EO dissolving Negros Island Region 'soon' – Diokno

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:55 PM

The supposed P19 billion cost of creating the new region is not affordable given the Duterte administration s other priorities says the Budget Secretary

FATE OF NEGROS ISLAND. The decision to sign an EO dissolving the Negros Island Regio was reached during the 7th Cabinet meeting on October 3, 2016, according to Budget Secretary Diokno. Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Negrenses weigh in on possible dissolution of Negros Island Region

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Several locals express their dismay online pointing out that the creation of the NIR brings benefits for the area s economy and disaster management among others

Palace eyes dissolution of Negros Island Region

Oct 09, 2016 - 1:38 AM

There is a very big chance it NIR will be abolished because of the budget constraints says Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino

4 dioceses in Negros condemn extrajudicial killings

Oct 06, 2016 - 3:26 PM

As pastors of our flock we commit ourselves and our dioceses to pray constantly that our country may be effectively rid of drugs but in the manner that is just and lawful several dioceses of Negros Island Region say in a joint statement

RESPECT FOR LIFE. Several dioceses in the Negros Island Region speak on the rising number of extrajudicial killings related to the war on drugs

Next Duterte drug list may include Negros officials

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:00 AM

De la Rosa says there are officials in the Negros Island Region with links to the illegal drug trade adding that local media knew who they were

RONALD DE LA ROSA. Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald De la Rosa (center) shares a light moment with outgoing Police Regional Office-18 director, Chief Superintendent Conrado Capa (left), and his successor, Chief Superintendent Renato Gumban during the turnover of command at Bacolod Pavillon Hotel, on August 25, 2016. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/ Rappler

Week 3 under Duterte: 16k drug suspects surrender in Negros Island

Jul 20, 2016 - 6:22 PM

The highest number of those who surrendered are in Bacolod in Negros Occidental and in Sibulan in Negros Oriental

Nearly 5,000 drug suspects yield in Negros Island Region

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:18 AM

In Negros Occidental the provincial planning office is looking into establishing a rehabilitation center in each of the 6 political districts

Top drug personality in Negros Occidental city surrenders

Jul 09, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Police say the suspect has a significant influence on the illegal drug trade in Silay City

Negros Island Region: 27,000 students enroll in senior high school

Jun 14, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The regional office of the Department of Education has asked public high school principals to trace whether all the Grade 10 completes have enrolled in Grace 11

GRADE 11. The first batch of senior high school students start their classes at the Negros Occidental High School in Bacolod City on June 13, 2016. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental cop disarmed for refusing drug test

Jun 11, 2016 - 4:36 PM

Provincial and regional police in the Negros Island Region undergo random drug testing to set the tone in the fight against illegal drugs

One person murdered daily in Negros Island Region – police

Jun 07, 2016 - 6:56 PM

Records at the Police Regional Office 18 show 145 reported murders in the two provinces in the first 5 months of 2016 Of the total number 29 murders are committed last month

Despite huge margin, Duterte sweeps only 3 regions

May 11, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Administration bet Mar Roxas gets the solid vote of two regions: his own Western Visayas and the Negros Island Region whose creation he supported

Negros Occidental polls delayed by 'ballot switching'

May 09, 2016 - 11:47 PM

Incidents of wrongly delivered ballots cause delays in certain towns and cities in Negros Occidental

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler

Top 3 challenges for Dumaguete's next leaders

May 08, 2016 - 10:20 PM

On top of problems in poverty crime and pollution the capital of Negros Oriental is still adjusting to the new Negros Island Region set up

THE BOULEVARD. One of Dumaguete City's well-known tourist spots. Photo by Therene Mari Quijano

Negros Island earns bronze in secondary girls volleyball

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Negros Island Region drops the first set but comes back strong in the final two to come away with the bronze medal versus Davao Region

BRONZE. Negros Island Region poses for a wacky photo after beating Davao Region claiming the bronze medal in secondary girls volleyball. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Two Dumaguete City archers take home gold, silver medals

Apr 15, 2016 - 3:47 PM

Negros Island Region wins gold and silver medals in secondary girls archery

ARCHERS READY. Nicole Marie Tagle (L) and  Ma. Ferimi Gleam Bajado win medals in the secondary girls archery at Camalig, Albay, with the Mayon Volcano clouded behind them. Photo by Randall Matthew Lorayes/Rappler

Negros Island Region sweeps secondary volleyball group, enters quarters

Apr 14, 2016 - 4:02 PM

With a 4 0 win loss card NIR advances to the quarterfinals at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa

UNDEFEATED. The Negros Island Region secondary girls volleyball team is undefeated in the elimination round to qualify for the quarterfinals. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

The new Palaro contender: Negros Island Region

Apr 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The newly formed Negros Island Region is out to win medals at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa 2016

HUDDLE. The Negros Island Region elementary football players huddle during practice at Bicol University. Photo by Randall Matthew Lorayes/Rappler

Negros Occidental gov asks Aquino to create Comelec reg'l office

Apr 06, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr says that without a Comelec office in the Negros Island Region may have legal implication on the composition of the Board of Canvassers

Negros Island Region: We're 100% ready for Palaro 2016

Apr 05, 2016 - 3:56 PM

The new region will send 747 official delegates including 481 student athletes

Negros police chief urges candidates to turn over firearms

Mar 14, 2016 - 2:05 PM

Chief Superintendent Conrad Capa says local bets will not be forced to hand over their guns but are encouraged to show good faith

Negros Island Region activates disaster management council

Jan 15, 2016 - 7:15 AM

The council is chaired by Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Blanche Gobenchiong and currently has 8 personnel in its office in Bacolod City

Negros Island Region holds first council meet; no chairman elected

Dec 05, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr says nominations for chairman could be done after the May 2016 elections when localities shall have elected a new set of officials

REGIONAL COUNCIL. Members of the council of the newly created region agree to nominate a chairman after the May 2016 elections, when a new set of officials are in place. Among those in the first council meeting in Bacolod City on December 4, 2015, are (from left) Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr, NEDA interim regional director, NEDA deputy director general Margarita Songco, and Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Cop who criticized Purisima now Negros police chief

Nov 30, 2015 - 7:16 PM

UPDATED Chief Superintendent Conrad Capa is the officer in charge of the new Police Regional Office 18 in Bacolod City

NEGROS CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Conrad Capa is now chief of PRO 18, which has jurisdiction over Negros Occidental, Oriental, and Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

No 2016 budget for Negros Island Region

Nov 28, 2015 - 1:24 PM

At first we were pushing to include Negros Island Region in the [2016] budget through amendments but we did not make it says Negros Oriental Vice Governor Edward Mark Macias

Who is running in the Negros Island Region | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Negros Island Region

Negrenses split between Roxas and Poe?

Sep 17, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Administration standard bearer Mar Roxas and Senator Grace Poe both have strong roots in Negros Occidental where their mothers hail from

ROXAS VS POE. Will administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas and Senator Grace Poe split votes in the Negros Island Region?

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Aug 13, 2015 - 12:08 PM

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