DILG assures no disruption in public services during 2-month Negros region dissolution

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THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG), which will oversee the return of the two Negros provinces to their separate original regions, has assured that public services will not be disrupted during the two-month transition period. “We were given two months to wind up the activities in the region and dissolve the existing offices,” said DILG-Region 6 (Western Visayas) Director Anthony C. Nuyda. All transactions of affected offices, he said, will be carried out in the mother regions during the transition. Negros Occidental will be reverted to Region 6 while Negros Oriental to Region 7 (Central Visayas). The Negros Island Region (NIR), created in 2015, was dissolved last week through an Executive Order by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Mr. Nuyda said the DILG central office will issue the guidelines and form a committee to carry out the abolition. “For financial accountability, whatever budget is released to NIR will be liquidated. We will still discuss on how to transfer the balance to Regions 6 and 7,” he said. — Louine Hope U. Conserva

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