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Chairmanship chances  
dim after Tuting’s death


The Negros Oriental government has apparently lost its chance for the chairmanship of the Regional Development Council in Region 7 or Central Visayas following the death of Gov. Agustin Perdices.

This was disclosed by regional director Marlene CA.P. Rodriguez of the National Economic and Development Authority in Dumaguete City Monday. Rodriguez was in the city for a provincial multi-sectoral consultation with various government agencies and the private sector, on the draft Central Visayas Medium-Term Regional Development Plan for 2011-2016.

Rodriguez said the rule on succession in the now vacant RDC-7 chair seat cannot apply in this case, as President Benigno Aquino III, is expected to appoint from the existing nominees for the same position.

The original nominees included Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, Siquijor Gov. Orlando Fua, Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia, and Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama.

During a yearend press conference, Perdices thanked President Aquino for choosing and appointing him as the next RDC-7 chair.

Perdices had then expressed excitement over the appointment, saying it would be an advantage for Negros Oriental as the province can push for as many development projects for funding by the national government.

Perdices, however, was not able to take oath as the new RDC-7 chair because he died of stomach cancer last January 5.

Rodriguez said the nominees for the chairmanship were recommended by the 64-member RDC.

Degamo, who assumed the governorship through the rule of succession, was not among those nominated as he was still vice governor then, Rodriguez explained.

She said Aquino may pick the next RDC-7 chair from the other nominees.

The acting chairman of the RDC in Region 7 is Arjo Melecisimo, from Bohol, who represents the private sector.*JFP/JG



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