Negros officials to meet next month to discuss one island-region proposal

BACOLOD CITY, (PNA) — Officials of the two Negros provinces will meet on the first week of November to discuss plans of uniting the two provinces into a single region.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Tuesday the meeting would take place either in Kabankalan City in Occidental or Mabinay town in Oriental.

He said the meeting was originally set for Oct. 25 as arranged by Negros Oriental Second District Rep. George Arnaiz, but they moved the schedule due to the Oct. 28 barangay elections.

The move to revive the one-island region proposal, seen to designate Negros Island as Region 6-A, was initiated by the officials of the two provinces after the May 2013 elections.

Marañon said that congressmen of the two provinces have been talking about the plan.

At present, Negros Occidental is under Region 6 or Western Visayas, whose regional center is in Iloilo City while Negros Oriental belongs to Region 7 or Central Visayas, with Cebu City as the site of its regional offices.