Sis says President Marcos Jr. to sign Negros Island Region Bill

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD CITY – Senator Imee Marcos announced President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will sign the bill reestablishing the Negros Island Region within days.

The senator, sister to the President, graced the 28th Panaad sa Negros festival’s opening at Panaad Park and Stadium on Monday afternoon.

“The President will sign the NIR bill into law in a few days,” Marcos announced to the applause of the packed stadium.

She affirmed the Senate’s unanimous passage of the NIR bill on March 12, 2024.

Marcos commended the vibrant costumes showcased by various cities and municipalities at the festival and revealed an increase in cash prizes for the festival dance competition, adding P100,000 for the winner.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson expressed his hopes for a safe and enjoyable festival experience until April 21, 2024, highlighting the multitude of activities available to the public.

“The safety of residents and visitors is guaranteed with 1,102 security personnel on duty,” Lacson assured, attributing the festival’s enduring success to the unity among local officials.

Following Lacson’s mention of the festival dance competition’s dual categories—city and municipality—he suggested doubling the additional prize money to P200,000, to which Senator Marcos agreed.