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SAMAR REGION CONCEPT DRAWS MORE SUPPORT


SAMAR REGION CONCEPT DRAWS MORE SUPPORT
CALBAYOG CITY- The move to separate from Leyte and make the island of Samar itself an administrative division now appears to be gaining momentum as the highest-ranking government official in Calbayog City joins the heads of the three diocesan regions of the Catholic church in the island in discussions that are mainly concerned about the idea of creating a "separate region" for SamareƱos.

The conversation which happened at the St. Mary's College of Catbalogan in Catbalogan City in February 26 and brought together Calbayog City Mayor Ronald P. Aquino; Bishops Isabelo Abarquez of the Calbayog Diocese; Emmanuel Trance of the Catarman Diocese; Crispin Vasquez of the Borongan Diocese; and civil society representatives from the three Samar provinces, considered seriously the thought of making Samar island, the third largest in the archipelago, another region in the country.
SAMAR REGION CONCEPT DRAWS MORE SUPPORT
The idea was reportedly put forward as a suggestion in August, last year, when the affiliates of the peace and development advocate called SIPPAD or Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development assembled in Catarman, Northern Samar to exchange views on the problems that have fallen upon the island.

In the Catbalogan conference, SIPPAD affiliates supported in principle a resolution asking President Benigno Aquino III to issue an executive order creating the Samar island region consisting of three Samar provinces for administrative convenience.

The move sprang from the opinion that a "one island region" would result to better coordination in pursuing a holistic solution to the problems that beset the entire island.
SAMAR REGION CONCEPT DRAWS MORE SUPPORT
At present the island of Samar is paired with Leyte island to form the eastern visayas region (Region 8) consisting of six provinces namely Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Western Samar, and Southern Leyte with Tacloban City as the regional center.

Meanwhile, Mayor Aquino expressed his support for the one island region concept saying that its materialization will make the regional offices of national government agencies readily accessible to SamareƱos and at the same time open new employment opportunities for them.

He said that all provincial governors in the island should meet and put their heads together on making it a reality.


-, March 1, 2016


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