Last week, Senate President Migz Zubiri announced some positive developments in the creation of the Negros Island Region.
In a social media post, Zubiri announced a successful meeting with the leaders of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor, who all threw their support behind the passage of the NIR Bill.
The creation of the Negros Island Region back in 2015, and the revival of this measure — this time in Congress — is a visionary move, aiming to consolidate the strengths of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental for a brighter future. It is a step towards a more cohesive and prosperous Philippines.
As a staunch supporter of the NIR, we say this new region offers a golden opportunity to pool resources, and harness the island’s economic potential.
The Region is endowed with fertile agricultural lands, a budding tourism industry, and a skilled labor force. By uniting these strengths, and with the participation of Siquijor that can draw in the tourists, the NIR can create a more competitive economy capable of attracting investments, and generating sustainable growth.
One of the key advantages of a unified region is the streamlined approach to infrastructure development.
The NIR can focus on strategically vital projects like transportation networks, energy facilities, and modernized ports. These critical investments will not only foster local development but also create a more accessible gateway to the rest of the Philippines, stimulating commerce and cultural exchange.
The NIR brings together diverse cultures, traditions, and languages. This fusion provides a unique opportunity for mutual understanding and respect, fostering a sense of national unity.
By celebrating this diversity and sharing experiences, the NIR can serve as a model for how different communities can work together towards common goals.
The establishment of the NIR allows for more focused and effective governance. Local leaders can tailor policies to address specific regional challenges and opportunities. This localized approach ensures that decisions are made with the best interests of the people in mind, fostering a sense of ownership and empowerment among the population.
The NIR encompasses a wealth of natural beauty, from lush forests to pristine beaches. Through coordinated conservation efforts, the region can become a beacon for sustainable development. By prioritizing environmental protection and responsible tourism, the NIR can preserve its natural heritage for generations to come.
By consolidating the strengths of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor, the NIR can pave the way for a brighter, more prosperous future.
It is imperative that we support and nurture this fledgling region, recognizing the potential it holds for the entire nation. Through shared vision and collaborative efforts, we can turn the Negros Island Region into an example of what can be achieved when communities come together.