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Albee to seek justice for OFW from Murcia

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:52



Friday, February 23, 2018
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday said he will hold those accountable for the death of an overseas Filipino worker from his district.

Josie Perez Lloren, 40, of Murcia, Negros Occidental, died at a Caloocan hospital on February 9, two weeks after her return from Kuwait.

Greg Perez, brother of Lloren, said his sister who had worked in Kuwait for about two years was maltreated by her employer and was gravely ill on her return to the Philippine and could nolonger speak.

She was unable to tell them what happened to her in Kuwait, Perez said.

“I will hold those accountable to answer for this injustice,” Benitez said.*

Source: The Visayan Daily Star

3 solons file bill for CHMSC conversion

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:01



Thursday, February 22, 2018
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

House Bill No. 7081 seeking the conversion of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College into a state university, was filed in Congress by three congressman from Negros Occidental on January 31.

The bill introduced by Reps. Greg Gasataya, Alfredo Benitez and Alejandro Mirasol of Bacolod, Neg. Occ. 3rd and 5th Districts, respectively, states that CHMSC in Talisay City, formerly known as Paglaum State College, has three satellite campuses in Brgy. Alijis and Fortune Town, Bacolod City and in Binalbagan.

It said CHMSC is a public, state-owned college oriented towards excellence, competence, and educational leadership in science and technology.

It offers higher technological, professional, and vocational education and training in science, agriculture and industrial fields, as well as short-term or vocational courses to the people of Negros Occidental, the bill said.

As one of only two state colleges in Neg. Occ., CHMSC has also provided quality and relevant education to many Negrenses and has greatly contributed in the improvement of quality of life in the province, it said.

The bill seeks to bring educational opportunities to underprivileged but deserving Neg. Occ. students who are unable to pay for quality but expensive education and costs of studying in private institutions in the province, neighboring provinces, and the country's capital city by converting CHMSC including all its satellite campuses into a state university, it added.*


Source: The Visayan Daily Star

Kapitan Ramon moves on

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:40



Wednesday, February 21, 2018
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Almost three years after former barangay chairman Noel Ayalin was meted 220 years imprisonment for the massacre of barangay officials in Brgy. Kapitan Ramon, Silay City, on March 6, 2011, the survivors and families of the victims have moved on, after attaining justice, incumbent barangay captain Ramon Celebresaid yesterday.

Celebre, who gave the welcome remarks during the distribution ofthe Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Care cards to more than 100 recipients in Brgy. Kapitan Ramon, Silay City, yesterday, said they are planning to put up a marker at the massacre site.

The old barangay hall, where the massacre took place almost seven years ago, and the covered courthad long been abandoned for use.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) financed the construction of a new barangay hall for Kapitan Ramon, about 700 meters away from the old barangay hall, and it is now being used.

Celebreand two other barangay officials,were among the massacre survivors.

The massacre incident claimed the lives of Kagawads Luzminda Cotamen, Pedrito Orocio, Freddie Juno and Sangguniang Kabataan chairwoman Imee Occena.

Since then, Kapitan Ramon has been peaceful, Celebre said, adding that a P2 million lying-in maternity clinic will soon be constructedon a 600 square meter property donated to the barangay by the Tanpinco-Lacson family.* GPB

Source: The Visayan Daily Star

Negrense Solons Propose conversion of CHMSC to State University

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:05



by Edith Colmo on Wed, 02/21/2018

Representatives Greg Gasataya of Bacolod City, Alfredo Albee Benitez of the 3rd District and Alejandro Mirasol of the 5th district of Negros Occidental, has filed House Bill 7081 converting the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, with satellite campuses in Talisay and Bacolod City, as well as in the Municipality of Binalbagan, into a state university known as the Carlos Hilado Memorial State University.

Stipulated in the said House Bill that CHMSC was formerly known as Paglaum State College was established in 1983 by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg 477, has been an institution looked up to in the province in the fields of Science, Technology, and Livelihood.

The Bill seeks to bring educational opportunities to the underprivileged but deserving students of Negros Occidental, who are unable to pay for the quality but expensive education and cost of living in the private institutions in the province.

The Negrense solons believe that in view of the history, current status, achievements and strategic location of CHMSC, it has earned its merits to be converted into a state university and be of further service to the people of Negros Occidental not just through quality education but also accessible education.

As a state university, the governing board will be comprised by: the chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); the President of the University as vice chairperson; and members - Senate chairperson in the Committee on education, arts and culture; chairperson of the committee on higher and technical education of the House of Representatives; the regional director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA); regional director of the Department of Science and Technology Region X1; president of the federation of faculty associations of the university; president of the federation of student councils of the university; president of the federation of alumni associations of the university; and two prominent citizens from the private sector who have distinguished themselves in their profession or fields of specialization.*(Edith B. Colmo)

 

Source: Negros Daily Bulletin

Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia Irrigation Facilities Turnover

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:44



Tuesday, February 20, 2018



TURNOVER. The National Irrigation Administration-Negros Occidental Irrigation Management Office turned over irrigation facilities to the Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia Farmers-Irrigators Association, headed by president Danilo Morales and vice-president Marlon Cosadio, and the signing of documents recently was led by Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Negros Occ. Vice-Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Mayor Gerry Rojas, and Barangay Captain Hernan Alintana, with NIA acting division manager Isaias Melendez, and Dr. Francisco Benitez*

Source: The Visayan Daily Star

Lobby urged for 1-Negros federal state

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 20:15



BY CARLA GOMEZ
Saturday, February 17, 2018

The lone Negrenseon the 19-member committee created by President Rodrigo Duterteto review the 1987 Constitution yesterday said he will work hard to ensure that Negros Occidental and Oriental remain under one state in the country's shift towards federalism.

Arthur Aguilar said it is important that Negrenses from all sectors make their positions heard on the two Negros provinces staying together under one state. They should lobby for what they believe is best, he said.

He said the draft proposal submitted by the PDP Laban retains the old regional structures in the composition of the regional states, although this is without prejudice to reconfiguration. This means that, under that proposal, Negros Occidental will remain under the federal state of Western Visayas and Negros Oriental under the Central Visayas federal state, Aguilar said.

But both Aquilar and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), who met yesterday, also noted that there are several other proposals on how to implement federalism.

Benitez said one such proposal is, instead of lumping several provinces together to create a federal state, individual provinces be instead granted greater autonomy and a bigger share of the national budget.

Among such proposals is that of the League of Provinces of the Philippines that wants the country's 81 existing provinces to be converted into “independent states.”

The original proposal was for combining provinces into 5 to 13 states under a federal Philippines.

“We strongly advocate status quo, wherein all 81 provinces should remain as the autonomous sub-national level or independent ‘states' under the general supervision of the duly-elected president of the federal government,” the LPP said in a resolution.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, who was in Bacolod City yesterday for a gathering of the Vice Mayors League of Region IV-A, noted that the LPP is proposing that the provinces get 60 percent of the Internal Revenue Allotment and be able to impose local taxes.

But he noted that there are several proposals that will be deliberated on.

Aguilar said he will be soliciting the views of the people in Negros Occidental and Oriental on the proposals for federalism.

Local Government Assistant Secretary and PDP-Laban Federalism Institute Executive Director Jonathan Malaya said the PDP Laban draft proposal on federalism is based on the template of former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel that adopts the existing regions as federal states, Aguilar said.

Malaya has, however, said this is without prejudice to reconfiguration, Aguilar added.

Aguilar said he will workvery hard so the two Negros provinces canstay together in his personal capacity.

Negros has a self-contained economy and its renewable energy can power the entire Visayas, he pointed out.*CPG


Source: The Visayan Daily Star

Congress okays new department to integrate housing functions

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 22:03




Published February 16, 2018, 5:04 PM
By Ben Rosario

Transforming thousands of hectares of idle government land into socialized housing projects for the homeless will be one of the priority tasks of the proposed Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez revealed that the DHSUD is also expected to adopt the on-side, in-city and near-city resettlement program for informal settler families which was endorsed by Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo (Albee) Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development.

“Marami namang mga lupa na pag-aari ng gobyerno na hindi naman talaga ginagamit ay panahon na para ito ay pakinabangan ng taong bayan,” Alvarez told a radio interview recently. (The government owns a lot of idle land, it is time for the people to benefit from it)

The creation of DHSUD was approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives, leaving Senate the decision to finally pass the legislative proposal.

Voting 193-6 without abstention, congressmen approved on Tuesday House Bill 6775 that will create a new government department tasked with consolidating the functions of all housing and urban development agencies, particularly the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.

Benitez, who successfully defended the proposal on the floor, said HB 6775 tasks the DHSUD to be a single point of accountability for housing policies and projects, and allow for a unified direction and consolidated efforts to make decent housing affordable and accessible to every Filipino family.

“We are grateful for our colleagues who have supported this measure and for the President for also including this measure in his priority bills for the 17th Congress. We are very fortunate that the administration recognizes the importance of providing decent and affordable shelters to our fellow Filipinos,” said Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development.

Bills consolidated into HB 6775 include legislative proposals filed by Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PDP-Laban, Pampanga); Winston Castelo (PDP-Laban, Quezon City); Jose Christopher Belmonte (LP, Quezon City); Cristal Bagatsing (PDP-Laban, Manila) and Michael Romero (1-Pacman Partylist).

According to Benitez, the current Republic Act No. 7279 or the Urban Development Housing Act has apparently overlooked the enormous demands in the housing sector.

“Neither did Executive Order No. 9, that created a coordinating body for shelter agencies of the government, address the housing backlog that stood at three million in 1992,” the senior administration lawmaker said.

Benitez has aired the optimism that Senate will pass its counterpart measure with Senator JV Ejercito expected to lead the push for approval.

The bill added functions of the HLURB shall be transferred to the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC) that will be created under this act.

It also said NHA; HGC; NHMFC; HDMF; Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC); and Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC) are hereby attached to the housing department for policy and program coordination, monitoring and evaluation. All these agencies shall continue to function according to existing laws and their respective Charters.

The DHSUD will develop and implement urban renewal programs, own and administer government idle lands that are suitable for housing, identify lands that may be used for socialized housing sites, planning and establishment of government centers as well as new townships in urban centers.

“It is not just about putting a roof over the head, but about building homes and building communities”, Benitez stated.

He said the new department shall develop and adopt a national strategy to immediately address the provision of adequate and affordable housing for all Filipinos, and shall ensure alignment of all the policies, programs and projects of all its attached agencies to facilitate the achievement of this objective.

Earlier, the solon said housing needs of Filipinos could balloon to 6.8 million before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in 2022.

He said there will be an estimated 774,441 housing needs in 2018; 788,773 in 2019; 803,405 in 2020; 818,363 in 2021 and 833,619 in 2022.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Lawmaker seeks support for federalism

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:48





BACOLOD. Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca (standing), who celebrated his birthday yesterday, with well-wishers Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez (left) and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson. (Carla N. Cañet Photo)

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez underscored the importance of shifting to a federal form of government, saying that all the resources and funds go to the National Government and not to the local governments.

Benitez joined House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and other congressmen for the oath-taking of some 4,000 village leaders in Bacong, Negros Oriental as members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Thursday.

In his speech, he said should there be a change in the Constitution, all resources and funds will directly go to the local government, which will benefit the people.

“One thing we have to do is to understand the concept of federalism, meaning if we understand what federalism means, what it means to us, what it will benefit us, we will not miss this chance,” he said.

Benitez pointed out that federalism is the only way for the local government units to significantly improve their resources.

Federalism means decentralization wherein the power and resources of the National Government will go down to the local government units (LGUs), he added.

Under a 30-year-old presidential form of government, the Internal Revenue Allotment that goes back to the local governments is only 17 percent, when the supposed sharing should be 60 percent for the national and 40 percent local government.

If federalism gets implemented, the LGUs will surely benefit from it thus, he urged everyone to grab the opportunity to support federalism because this concept and structure is beneficial to the LGUs, Benitez said.

In Negros Occidental, almost all of the officials led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. are supporting the proposed shift to federalism.

The federal form of government ensures more equal distribution of resources to provinces.

At present, the House of Representatives is readying the draft amending the Constitution to make way for the federal form of government. (MPE/CNC)

Source: Sunstar Bacolod

House OKs creation of housing department

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:05



By: Vince F. Nonato - Reporter / @VinceNonatoINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:30 PM February 14, 2018

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the bill creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development to govern the country’s basic housing needs.

House Bill No. 6775 was passed on Tuesday with 193 votes in its favor. Six members of the Makabayan bloc cast votes against it.

The proposed department would take over the functions of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and act as the primary agency responsible for the management of housing, human settlements and urban development.

HUDCC would be abolished, while HLURB would be reconstituted as the Human Settlements Adjudicatory Commission, an independent quasi-judicial body within the department that would resolve issues and disputes in the implementation of the Urban Development and Housing Act.

The National Housing Authority, the Housing Guaranty Corp., the National Housing Mortgage Finance Corp., the Home Development Mutual Fund, and the Social Housing Finance Corp. would be the department’s attached agencies.

It would also establish Socialized Housing One-Stop Processing Centers to process and issue all required housing-related permits, clearances and licenses.

The bill would mandate the implementation of a rational, well-balanced, orderly and efficient redevelopment of urban communities and the development of new settlements in rural and non-farm areas.

At the same time, the bill would mandate the State to guarantee the preservation of agricultural lands necessary for food security.

“Human settlements” was defined under the bill as the “integrative concept” composed of shelter and infrastructure, and community services such as education, health, culture, welfare, recreation, food and nutrition.

Housing and urban development committee chair Negros Occidental 3rd Dist. Rep. Alfredo Benitez said the bill was “not just about putting a roof over the head, but about building homes and building communities.”

However, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, one of the bill’s opponents, said the bill was still designed under the current framework laid down by the 1992 Urban Development and Housing Act.

“We can, thus, expect nothing substantially new as far as improving the dire situation of the millions of our homeless people are concerned. There would still be more unutilized housing projects while many remain homeless,” Zarate said.

“The homeless and informal settlers do not need a new layer in our already cluttered bureaucracy. What they need are public and affordable mass housing programs that are available to them which have basic utilities and are near their sources of income,” he added.

Source: Inquirer.net

Benitez lauds o’k of Dep’t of Human Settlements bill

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:27



Thu, 02/15/2018

Representative Albee Benitez, Chairman of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development lauded the House of Representative’s approval on third and final reading of House Bill 6775 or the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) bill.

House Bill 6775 seeks to create a Department that would be a single point of accountability for housing policies and projects, and allow for a unified direction and consolidated efforts to make decent housing affordable and accessible to every Filipino family.

Benitez said, “We are grateful for our colleagues who have supported this measure and for the President for also including this measure in his priority bills for the 17th Congress. We are very fortunate that the administration recognizes the importance of providing decent and affordable shelters to our fellow Filipinos”.

Benitez explained that the title of the bill was changed from Department of Housing to Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development to capture the contents of the proposed policy. House Bill 6775 aims for a paradigm shift on how the government view shelter delivery. Instead of just building houses, the government shelter programs should also consider access to basic needs such as livelihood, transportation, education and health.

“It is not just about putting a roof over the head, but about building homes and building communities”, Benitez added.

“Providing decent and affordable homes, as enshrined in the Constitution, is a mandate of the government. However, it has been years since we have had a single agency to plan and implement the government shelter programs. What we have are different shelter agencies that are coordinating under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council which resulted to a more fragmented housing program and policy direction,” Benitez lamented.

In addition, Benitez also stressed that, “by 2050, more than half of our population will be living in the cities and yet, there is no government entity that develops a sustainable urban planning that integrates housing. The Department of Human Settlements is also envisioned to take on this important role.

Among the proposed mandates of the Department of Human Settlements is to develop and implement urban renewal programs, own and administer government idle lands that are suitable for housing, identify lands that may be used for socialized housing sites, planning and establishment of government centers as well as new townships in urban centers.

“We are optimistic that the Senate will pass their counterpart measure soon. The urgent passage of the Department of Human Settlements bill is an important step towards supporting Filipino families in having decent affordable homes. It signals the government’s sincere effort to invest in the ultimate dream of every Filipino household to own their own homes,” Benitez added.###

Source: Negros Daily Bulletin

Congressman Holds Dialogue on Malogo River Irrigation Project

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 07:03



February 14, 2018

Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez held a consultation and dialogue in Talisay City last Monday regarding the Malogo River Irrigation Project, a development by the National Irrigation Administration.



(From left) Silay City Mayor Mark Golez; EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon; Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez; NIA-Region VI Special Projects Coordinator, Engr. Jesus Datoon; and Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca served on a panel during the recent consultation and dialogue in Talisay City on the Malogo River Irrigation Project.

Speculators say the project will benefit 8,625 hectares of irrigable area in both Silay City and EB Magalona with a diversion dam to be built in the city’s Barangay Kapitan Ramon.

The congressman said the project will boost agricultural productivity, mitigate flooding, provide a source of potable water, act as a power component, and develop eco-tourism.

Back in October 2016, Benitez conducted a scoping session on the said project at the Natalio Velez Sports and Cultural Center in Silay City.

The project was first conceptualized and proposed in 2014./WDJ

Source: Watchmen Daily Journal

‘Super’ housing agency gets nod of lawmakers

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:16



BY THE MANILA TIMES ON FEBRUARY 14, 2018

THE House of Representatives approved the creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development to be responsible for providing adequate and responsible housing.

Voting 193 to 6, lawmakers passed House Bill 6775, which would merge the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLRB) to form the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.

The new Housing agency is mandated to implement a rational, well-balanced, orderly and efficient redevelopment of urban communities and the development of new settlements in rural and non-farm areas to assure dwellers of decent and affordable housing, job and livelihood communities, efficient mass transit, public safety, health care, educational opportunities and clean environment.

“This will establish an efficient, effective, comprehensive and integrated national and local housing development program,” the Committee Report on the measure read.

“Likewise, the bill will rationalize and coordinate the functions and powers of the National Home Mortgage Corporation, Home Guaranty Corporation, Home Development Mutual Fund and National Housing Authority,” the Committee Report said.

Reps. Albee Benitez of Negros Occidental, chairman of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development, noted that the bill’s passage showed how the Duterte administration recognized the importance of providing decent and affordable shelters for our people.

Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Jr. of Camarines Sur, for his part, pitched the passage of his proposed House Bill 6040 or the proposed Resilient Housing and Human Settlements Act to complement the creation of the new Housing department.

“At least 30 destructive tropical cyclones have hit the country since Super Typhoon Yolanda [in November 2013]. The passage of the Resilient Housing and Human Settlements Act will ensure protection of vulnerable communities from the adverse effects of climate change and other natural disasters,” Villafuerte, vice chairman of the Committee on Good Government, said in a separate statement. LLANESCA T. PANTI

Source: Manila Times

Benitez leads dialog on irrigation program

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:33



Wednesday, February 14, 20188

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) led the presentation and consultation on the Malogo River Irrigation Program of the National Irrigation Administration, with stakeholders in the cities of Victorias and Silay, and the municipality of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental Monday, a press release from his office said.

He cited the five-point benefits of irrigation, namely to boost agricultural productivity, for flood mitigation, a source of potable water, as power component, and for eco-tourism.

He said the dialog held in Talisay City primarily sought to clarify salient points of the NIA program that was conceptualized and proposed in 2014, and up for its final implementation this year. He also underscored the need to analyze program details, and cited opportunities for synergy and convergence so that the program is effectively and efficiently implemented, with the understanding and acceptance of all concerned.

The Malogo Irrigation Program targets to irrigate 8,625 hectares of farms mostly in the third district.

Benitez said it is important that all stakeholders understand and accept the program, so the dialog gathered representatives from the regional, provincial, and local offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Agriculture, and chief executives of affected local government units with their planning and engineering key staff, the press release said.

The NIA group was headed by Jesus Datoon, special projects coordinator for Region VI; provincial manager Isaiah Melendez, and Jerry Gicare - project engineer of the Malogo River Irrigation Project.

Also present were Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino, and Victorias consultant on Water Nathaniel Acha, who presented the Victorias flood situation. Cristino Rivas, president of the Barangay E. Lopez Farmers Irrigation Association, aired concerns about the program.

Benitez steered the dialog among stakeholders, and capped off the consultation with a hotlist of next vital steps by all concerned to fast track the implementation, and among them was to address the need for rehabilitation of all irrigation projects in the province for critical validation in the 2019 budget, the press release added.*

Source: The Visayan Daily Star

Lawmaker stresses importance of irrigation at consultation

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 18:36




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

ASIDE from boosting agricultural productivity, irrigation also plays an important role in mitigating flood.

This was stressed by Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benetiz during the consultation and dialogue on the Malogo River Irrigation Program of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) held in Talisay City Monday.

Benitez, in a press statement, cited source of potable water, power component and eco-tourism as also among the five-point benefits of irrigation.

Recognizing the critical water supply in productivity and other development initiatives, the lawmaker initiated the consultation attended by stakeholders from cities of Victorias and Silay, and town of E.B. Magalona.

“The activity mainly seeks to clarify salient points on the NIA program which was conceptualized and proposed in 2014," he said, adding that the project is up for final implementation this year.

Benitez, during the consultation, also underscored the need to analyze program details and cite opportunities for synergy and convergence.

This is to ensure that the program is effectively and efficiently implemented with understanding and acceptance of all concerned, he added.

The NIA Malogo Irrigation Program targets to irrigate 8,625 hectares of farms mostly in the Third District.

The dialogue gathered representatives from the regional, provincial and local offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Agriculture, and planning and engineering key staff of component local government units.

Benitez said it is important that all stakeholders understand and accept the program.

Through the dialogue, stakeholders were able to identify the next vital steps to hasten the program implementation.

Also, to address the need for rehabilitation of all irrigation projects in the province for the critical validation in the 2019 budget, the press statement said.

The NIA group was headed by Engineer Jesus Datoon, special projects coordinator for Western Visayas, led the officials and personnel of NIA during the consultation.

Also present were Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, E.B. Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, and Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino as well as members of irrigators associations. (EPN)

Source: Sunstar Bacolod

Cong. Albee leads consultation on Malogo River irrigation program

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:35



Wed, 02/14/2018

Recognizing the criticality of water supply in productivity and other development initiatives, Third District Congressman Alfredo Benitez spearheaded the presentation and consultation on the Malogo River Irrigation Program of the National Irrigation Administration with stakeholders. specifically in the cities of Victorias and Silay and the municipality of E.B. Magalona.


The Panel at the Malogo River Irrigation Program Consultation . (let to right) Silay Mayor Mark Golez, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Cong. Alfredo Benitez, NIA Special Projects Coordinator for Region VI Engr. Jesus Datoon and Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca.

He cited the five-point benefits of irrigation – boost agricultural productivity, flood mitigation, source of potable water, the power component and eco-tourism.

Cong. Benitez said the consultation and dialogue held in Talisay City last February 12, 2018 primarily sought to clarify salient points of the NIA program that was conceptualized and proposed in 2014, and up for its final implementation this 2018. He also underscored the need to analyze program details, citing opportunities for synergy and convergence so that the program is effectively and efficiently implemented, with understanding and acceptance of all concerned.

The NIA Malogo Irrigation Program targets to irrigate 8,625 hectares of farms mostly in the Third District.

It is important, Cong. Benitez stressed, that all stakeholders understand and accept the program thus the dialogue gathered representatives from the regional, provincial and local offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Agriculture and chief executives of affected local government units with their planning and engineering key staff.

The NIA group was headed by Engr. Jesus Datoon, special projects coordinator for Region VI; Engr. Isaiah Melendez, Provincial Manager; and Engr. Jerry Gicare, project engineer of the Malogo River Irrigation Project. Also present were Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Provincial Agriculturist Atty. Japhet Masculino and Victorias Consultant on Water Nathaniel Acha who presented the Victorias Flood Situation. Cristino Rivas, president of the Barangay E. Lopez Farmers Irrigation Association also attended to air concerns about the program.

Cong. Benitez steered the dialogue among stakeholders, capping the consultation with a hotlist of next vital steps by all concerned to fast track implementation and among them, to address the need for rehabilitation of all irrigation projects in the province for the critical validation in the 2019 budget.*

Source: Negros Daily Bulletin

HB 6775: Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Pasado na sa Kamara!

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 07:12

HB 6775 PASADO NA SA KAMARA!

Bawat Pilipino ay naghahangad ng disenteng tahanan. Ngunit hindi tugma sa kanilang kakayahang magbayad at pangangailangan ang pabahay ng gobyerno at pribadong sektor.

Sa pamamagitan ng DHSUD, matutugunan na ang lumalalang problema sa pabahay at mga kaakibat na problema ng urbanisasyon.

Silay medical mission to benefit 7,000 people

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:57




Thursday, February 08, 2018

A MEDICAL mission aiming to reach 7,000 patients/beneficiaries will be held at the Silay City Civic Center on February 8 to 10.

The mission, which will provide minor surgery, dental services, medical consultation, and free eyeglasses, is organized and sponsored by The City Government of Silay headed by Mayor Mark Golez, Kansilay Lions Club, Asenso Silay Foundation, Office of Governor Alfredo Maranon, Jr., Congressman Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, and Mrs. Dominique Lopez-Benitez.

Mary Ann Duran-Dino, executive assistant to the mayor, said more than 60 volunteers, 40 of whom are from the United States, have arrived for the medical mission.

The foreign doctors and other volunteers are from the United American Pilipino Group based in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, which Mayor Golez visited last year. (PR)

Source: Sunstar Bacolod

Medical mission in Silay starts today

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:25



Thu, 02/08/2018

A medical mission aiming to reach out to 7,000 patients/ beneficiaries will be held at the Silay City Civic Center beginning today, February 8-10.

The mission, which will provide minor surgery, dental services, medical consultation, and free eyeglasses is organized and sponsored by The City Government of Silay headed by Mayor Mark Golez, Kansilay Lions Club, Asenso Silay Foundation, Office of Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr., Congressman Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, and Mrs. Dominique Lopez-Benitez.

According to Mary Ann Duran-Dino, executive assistant of Mayor Mark Golez, more than 60 volunteers, 40 of whom are from the United States, have arrived for the medical mission that will start today.

The foreign doctors and other volunteers are from the United American Pilipino Group based in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, whom Mayor Golez have visited last year.*(Marie June Pavillar-Castro, 0908-335-6651)

 

 

Source: Negros Daily Bulletin

Bill on housing agency hurdles second reading

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 15:20




Friday, February 02, 2018
By Teresa D. Ellera

HOUSE Bill 6775, which proposes the creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, has been approved on second reading on Wednesday.

The bill is authored by Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, chair of committee on housing and urban development, who said that with the approval, the realization of “our dream of having an agency that would address the housing problem is brighter.”

He added that the proposed legislation already passed the House committee on appropriations, and is expected to be approved soon at the plenary for the third and final reading.

In his sponsorship speech last month, Benitez said the nation cannot achieve its dream of inclusive development if problems as basic as housing cannot be addressed.

“The creation of this Department of Human Settlements is a critical step towards helping our citizens realize their dream of having their own house. This department will serve as a robust backbone structure towards building a stronger nation,” he added.

Source: Sunstar Bacolod

Pasado na sa Second Reading ang ating isinusulong na Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development bill!

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 19:33

Pasado na sa Second Reading ang ating isinusulong na Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development bill!

Malapit nang maisakatuparan ang ating pangarap na bumuo ng mas pinalakas na ahensyang tutugon sa pangangailangan sa maayos na pabahay ng ating mga kababayan at babalangkas ng komprehensibong plano para mas pasiglahin ang ating mga lungsod.

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