FLAG Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas (center) with Negros Oriental Vice Gov. Mark Macias and Gov. Roel Degamo, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (l-r, seated) at the Technical Working Group meeting in Quezon City yesterday flash the One Negros Island Region sign with other TWG members*

NIR is Region 18
Reg'l offices for 2 provinces named

The division of the Negros Island Region transitional regional offices was completed yesterday with Negros Occidental getting agriculture and land, peace and order/security and governance clusters, and Negros Oriental getting the human development, industry and labor and infrastructure clusters.

The division was finalized during a NIR Technical Working Group meeting presided over by Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas at the DILG office in Quezon City attended by delegations from Neg. Occ. led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Neg. Or. led by Gov. Roel Degamo.

Roxas said his target is to have the transitional regional offices of the NIR, also to be known as Region 18, partially operational by October 1 this year and fully operational by January 1 next year..moremoremore

Prosecutor seeking
Monico suspension


The Office of the Special Prosecutor asked the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division yesterday to suspend Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella pending the litigation of his graft case in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of computer packages amounting to P26 million.

The graft case against Puentevella et al stemmed from the alleged anomalous purchase of computers and software packages at P400,000 each, and worth P26 million in 2001 to 2006, funded by his Priority Development Assistance Fund, or pork barrel, during his incumbency as congressman of Bacolod City.

“Considering the nature of the indictment and the validity of the criminal information against herein accused Puentevella, and invoking the mandate of the law and jurisprudence, the suspension of accused Puentevella pendente lite (pending litigation) is perforce warranted,” the prosecution said in a five-page motion submitted to the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division yesterday.moremoremore


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NegOr gets human dev't, infra,
labor clusters of NIR offices

The clusters of human development, industry and labor, and infrastructure went to Negros Oriental, in the division of the Negros Island Region transitional regional offices, that was agreed on at the first meeting of the NIR Technical Working Group in Manila yesterday.

The human development cluster is composed of the Department of Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Commission on Higher Education, Civil Service Commission, Philippine Statistics Authority, and the Professional Regulation Commission.

The industry and labor cluster includes the departments of Labor and Employment, Trade and Industry, Science and Technology, Foreign Affairs, and Tourism, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.moremoremore