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Regional Center transfer to Pagadian City, a political issue

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The regional offices were transferred from Zamboanga City to Pagadian City pursuant to Executive Order No. 429 issued by the President Corazon Aquino sometime in 1990.

This was implemented by then President Gloria Arroyo wherein some of the regional offices are now in Pagadian City.

The issue has a political implication because Pagadian City and its neighboring provinces has more than one million voters versus Zamboanga City’s 362,000.

Last year President Benigno Aquino III issued and Executive Order directing a moratorium while study is being made.

President Aquino has yet to issue a final decision on the issue.

From all likelihood whatever is the decision of the president it will have political color and political considerations.

Let us not give false hope to the regional employees because this is a political issue.




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