After seven years, it is finally moving again!
The townsite bill of Negros Occidental 1st District Rep. Julio Ledesma IV to declare 200 hectares in Salvador Benedicto (SalBen) as town site has passed the Committee on Natural Resources, according to Abang Lingkod Party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano.
A WORLD BANK team conducts site validation of a potential grant on agro enterprise development for the agrarian reform beneficiaries in southern Negros with Department of Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong, other DAR officials and members of the TARA Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Himamaylan City.*(EAD-PIA6 photo)
Students and street children play a friendly game of volleyball at the Public Plaza last Sunday as part of the ongoing Laro’t Saya Sports for All program of the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and the City Government of Bacolod.*(CMO-PIO photo)
Paduano told Negros Daily Bulletin that he has co- authored Ledesma’s bill.
Records provided by the office of Ledesma showed that his House Bill 4105 was filed in the House during the 14th Congress in 2007, 15th Congress in 2010 and in the 16th Congress in February this year.
Congressman Paduano said the bill will be forwarded to the plenary for third reading.
The bill failed to become a law in the 14th Congress as it was not acted upon by the Senate Committee on Environment chaired by then Senator Jamby Madrigal, and in the 15th Congress under Senator Loren Legarda.
"There is no reason that it cannot be passed now. SalBen is the only town in the Philippines without a town site," Paduano said.
Congressman Ledesma has maintained the 200 hectares originally sought, despite requests that it be expanded to 500 so it will not delay the process.