At the same time, Marañon said the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte, who scrapped the region through Executive Order No. 38, should be accepted and respected. The Department of the Interior and Local Government will oversee the reversion of the offices created for NIR.
Under EO 38, Duterte ordered that Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental be reverted to Western Visayas and Central Visayas, respectively.
38, dated August 7, revoked 183 issued by Duterte's predecessor Benigno Aquino III I May 2015, which created the NIR.
The NIR was created to help "fast-track" the development of a unified Negros which made more sense to be part of one single region rather than separated in two regions.
The President said regional offices under the Negros Island Region "requires substantial appropriation to be fully operational" and due to this, competes with priority programs and projects for funding. The unification of the two provinces into one region was one of Roxas's pet programs when he was still the secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Diokno, however, assured the abolition of the Negros Island Region would not disrupt social services in the Negros provinces. Madamo ang magabenepisyo kung ginpadayon ini.
He added on Wednesday: "With NIR dissolution, mga Negrense (the Negrenses) will be traveling farther and spending more for services and Negros Occidental and Oriental development will be slower".
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno likewise said previous year that it would be "useless" to spend multi-billion pesos for the NIR since the Duterte administration is proposing a federal form of government. Congressmen from different parts of the region were also pushing for retention.
"(The provinces under) NIR will have their own turf when federalism takes place.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno had earlier opposed the retention of the region, saying that the government did not have the funds to use for the region.