‘No to 1 Negros’ protest held
amid calls for island-region
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
DUMAGUETE CITY - Gov. Roel Degamo Saturday stood pat on his refusal to endorse the creation of a Negros Island Region until a National Economic and Development Authority feasibility study on its viability is completed, even as numerous other Negros Oriental officials supporting it, stressed that it will be a boost to the local economy and a way out of poverty.
They were among the 500 Negros Occidental and Oriental officials, and representatives from the business, education, transport and nongovernment organization sectors gathered at the Negros Oriental Convention Center here for a Negros Island consultative forum.
Negros Oriental is currently part of Central Visayas and Negros Occidental belongs to Western Visayas. The proposed Negros Island Region would be composed of the Negros Oriental and Occidental provinces.
Support status quo
if you like being poor
BIZ LEADER TELLS OPPONENTS
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
DUMAGUETE CITY - If you are happy to be poor, then don’t support the creation of the Negros Island Region, support the status quo, Edward Du, president of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Saturday.
Du said NOCCI, on the other hand, believes that Negros Oriental's chances of reducing poverty under a Negros Island Region are extremely high.
Du, who spoke at the Negros Island consultative forum held at the Negros Oriental Convention Center in Dumaguete City, said that, since Negros Oriental became a part of Region 7, its poverty incidence for the past 10-15 years has relatively remained unchanged.
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Degamo disputes poverty data,
insisting on island-region study
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Governor Roel Degamo Saturday disputed the claim that Negros Oriental has remained poor, and stressed that, in fact, its tourism industry is soaring.
He said Negros Oriental ranks second in terms of tourism in Central Visayas and eighth nationwide.