By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
At least three regional directors of government agencies of the abolished Negros Island Region (NIR) appealed to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the retention of satellite offices in Negros Occidental.
DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero said he will forward to the national office the request of the regional directors to consider converting the regional offices of NIR into satellite offices.
He said the request was presented by the regional directors to him during his visit to Bacolod City yesterday.
“At the end of the day, our objective here is to maintain the services without any overhead cost,” Panadero said.
For the agencies that have already started packing up, they were told to prepare their transition plans and were given 60 days to finish their duties, the DILG official said.
Panadero added it will be up to the government agencies if they want to absorb the job order workers who were affected by the NIR dissolution.
“If they have the budget, then maybe it’s possible,” he said.
Early this month, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No.38, dissolving the NIR. The dissolution was finalized after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) pointed out that the NIR operation will cost the government P19 billion.
Despite the region’s abolition, the NIR was included as the 10th state in the bill pushing for the transition to a federal form of government.
The bill has been submitted to the House of Representatives for deliberation./WDJ