Negros Oriental Business Chamber Urges President to Deny Diocese's Request to Veto Negros Island Region Bill

The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce urges Marcos to deny the Diocese's request to veto the Negros Island Region bill, citing separation of Church and State and economic benefits. The business community supports the bill, which could have significant implications for regional governance and the role of the Church.

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Negros Oriental Business Chamber Urges President to Deny Diocese's Request to Veto Negros Island Region Bill

Negros Oriental Business Chamber Urges President to Deny Diocese's Request to Veto Negros Island Region Bill

The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (NOCCII) has called on President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to deny the Diocese of Dumaguete's request to veto the Negros Island Region (NIR) bill. In a statement, NOCCII president Edward Du cited the principle of separation of Church and State, arguing that the Diocese had ample opportunity to voice its opposition during the legislative process but remained silent.

Du refuted the Diocese's claims of lack of consultation and negative impact on the poor, stating that extensive public consultations were conducted before the creation of the NIR in 2015. He questioned why the Diocese did not object to the implementation of the NIR from 2015 to 2017 if it was indeed anti-poor, unjust, and disadvantageous. Du also pointed out that the poverty rate in Negros Oriental actually decreased during the two-year implementation of NIR.

The business community of Negros Oriental expressed shock and dismay at the Diocese's appeal to the President to veto the bill. Du emphasized that the movement for a unified Negros Island is supported by various sectors, not just politicians. He argued that cultural and linguistic differences should not be a hindrance to economic prosperity, peace, and harmony in the region.

Why this matters: The debate over the Negros Island Region bill highlights the complex interplay between religious institutions, government, and economic development in the Philippines. The outcome of this dispute could have significant implications for regional governance and the role of the Church in shaping public policy.

In a letter to President Marcos, NOCCII expressed their happiness with the president's proclamation to sign the NIR bill into law. The group stated that the business community in Negros Oriental will continue to support the Marcos administration's programs. "The business community in Negros Oriental is very happy and grateful for the president's support for the NIR bill," Du said.

Key Takeaways

  • NOCCII urges Marcos to deny Dumaguete Diocese's veto of Negros Island Region bill.
  • NOCCII argues Diocese had ample opportunity to voice opposition during legislation process.
  • Poverty rate in Negros Oriental decreased during 2-year implementation of NIR.
  • Business community supports NIR, sees it as promoting economic prosperity and harmony.
  • NOCCII expresses gratitude for Marcos' support in signing the NIR bill into law.