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PNOY in Negros today

President Benigno Aquino III is arriving in Negros Occidental today to inaugurate the P620 million Negros First CyberCenter (NFCC) in Bacolod City that will create thousands of new jobs for Negrenses, and a P62.5 million rice processing center in Bago City that will boost rice production.

The president is scheduled to arrive at the Negros First Rice Processing Center in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City at 11 a.m. and at the NFCC at 11:45 a.m., a Palace advisory said.

At the NFRPC, the president will be met by Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District), Bago Mayor Ramon Torres and Rosemary Caunca, president of the Bago Irrigators Association.moremoremore

Guv to raise NIR with Aquino

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said that the proposed creation of Negros Island Region is among the concerns he will raise with President Benigno Aquino III when he visits Negros Occidental today.

Marañon said he expects that President Aquino will issue an executive order creating the new island region. “If not tomorrow (April 30), it will be very soon”, he said.

He, however, did not disclose the other concerns he will raise with the president.moremoremore

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Degamo denies saying ‘yes'
to Negros Island Region bid

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo debunked media reports yesterday quoting him as having said “yes” to the proposed Negros Island Region, or NIR, at a meeting with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental at the Dumaguete City Capitol.

Degamo said he never said “yes” to Marañon and that his original stand of being “open” to the idea remains as it is, with his prior conditions still to be considered. In an interview with reporters in Dumaguete, he said he has not yet agreed to fully support the NIR as there are concerns that need to be threshed out.

What he said in the meeting with Marañon was that he was thankful the latter personally came over to invite him to Bacolod City today during the visit of President Benigno Aquino III.moremoremore