Tatak Metro 3rd
Blessing & Turn-over Ceremony of Communal Irrigation Project of Brgy. Lopez Jaena, Murcia, Negros Occidental
February 17, 2018
Cutting of Ribbon (L-R) NIA Acting Division Manager Engr. Isaias C. Melendez, Cong. Albee Benitez, Dr. Kiko Benitez, Danilo Morales-President, Brgy. Lopez Jaena, Murcia Farmers Irrigators Association, Inc., Vice Mayor Gerry Rojas, Vice Gov Bong Lacson, Marlon Cosadio-Vice Pres Brgy. Lopez Jaena Murcia FIA, Inc. & Punong Barangay Hernan Alintana.
Unveiling of Marker (Location of Irrigation Canal)
Congressman Alfredo Benitez recently led the turn-over of irrigation facilities to the Farmers-Irrigators Association of Barangay Lopez Jaena of the Municipality of Murcia, with the National Irrigation Administration-Negros Occ. Irrigation Management Office. In photo are: NIA project in-charge Engr. Mark Yulo, Engr. Sheila Perales, Engr. Jerry Gicare, NIA acting division manager Isaias Melendez, Cong. Alfredo Benitez, Vice-Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Lopez Jaena Punong Barangay Hernan Alintana, and association president Danilo Morales.
The National Irrigation Administration-Negros Occidental Irrigation Management Office recently turned over irrigation facilities to the Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia Farmers-Irrigators Association headed by its president Danilo Morales and vice-president Marlon Cosadio The signing of documents was led by Third District Congressman Alfredo Benitez, Negros Occ. Vice-Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice-Mayor Gerry Rojas, and Punong Barangay Hernan Alintana. NIA was represented by acting division manager Engr. Isaias Melendez. Also present was Dr. Francisco Benitez.
February 14, 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.###
February 13, 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 Malogo River Irrigation Program presentation of the National Irrigation Administration and consultation with stakeholders held in Talisay City recently.
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.
(photos Galo Glino III)
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.*
February 12, 2018
Cong. Albee Benitez at briefing on Malogo River Irrigation Project funded by National Irrigation Administration. This project will irrigate 8.625 hectares and benefit farmers of the City Of Talisay, Neg. Occ. LGU and the Municipality of EB Magalona.
(photos Galo Glino III)
It will provide 5Bs (benefits):
- Boost for agricultural productivity
- Flood mitigation
- Source of potable water
- Power component
February 8, 2019
Rep. Albee Benitez met with Harvard Graduate School of Design professors Spela Videcnik, Gareth Doherty and Rok Oman this afternoon to discuss their shared interest in developing innovative solutions to the country's housing needs in the midst of rapid urbanization and its contradictions (urban poverty, informal settlements, traffic congestion).
The professors and their students are here in the Philippines to launch their "Manila: Future Habitations" project. A part of their Southeast Asia research studio program, the Manila Studio aims to come up with human settlement and urban designs to revitalize BASECO, the Port of Manila area and Intramuros.
Rep. Albee Benitez, secretary-general of the Philippine Badminton Association, encouraged student athletes to pursue their passion for sports and always aim for excellence during the opening program of the Cagayan Regional State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) at Cagayan State University, last Sunday, February 4.
Blessing, Inauguration and Turn Over of Barangay Multi-Purpose Hall, Barangay Sto. Nino, E.B. Magalona
January 20, 2018
Cong. Albee Benitez at Blessing, Inauguration and Turn Over of Barangay Multi-Purpose Hall, Barangay Sto. Nino, E.B. Magalona
RIBBON CUTTING. (L-R) Vice Gov Bong Lacson, Brgy. Captain Romulo Villanueva, Jr., Cong Albee Benitez
Blessing Of The New Multi Purpose Hall
Rev. Fr. Giovani Garde
St. Joseph The Worker Parish
Turn Over Of Brgy. Multi Purpose Hall. (L-R) Cong Albee, Vice Gov Bong Lacson, Mayor Marvin Malacon To Punong Barangay Romulo Villanueva, Jr. And Brgy. Council
January 17, 2018
Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation, Inc. and the Silay City Government will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, to start the construction of the multi-million disaster-resilient housing project at Bon Bon Phase 3 Resettlement Site in Brgy. E Lopez.
Arriving in Silay City to join Mayor Mark Golez for the groundbreaking are Habitat’s Vice President for Asia Pacific Rick Hathaway, Managing Director Michael Meaney, and Project Director Lily Fuentes.
According to Ma. Victoria Abello, HHPFI project manager for Western Visayas, they have also invited Congressman Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, chair of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, to join the groundbreaking for the construction of the initial 100 cement-bamboo framed housing units or 50 duplexes valued at about P45 million.
Also invited to the ground breaking are Vice Mayor Joedith Gallego and the Silay City Council, Naational Housing Authority Bacolod Area Manager, Engr. Alejandro Ongsuco, Silay City Water District General Manager Jose Luis Ledesma, Jr., Central Negros Electric Cooperation Silay Field Office Manager Lilibeth Gabian, and Brgy. E Lopez Punong Barangay Debbie Jinon and Council.
Although the Nov. 13, 2017 Memorandum of Agreement between Habitat and the Silay City initially outlined the first 100 units this year, Habitat has expressed its commitment to construct a total of 546 housing units in Bon Bon Phase 3, including community facilities, within the next few years.
Abello added that training of the workers for the cement-bamboo frame technology, and actual construction will start on January 22, while orientation and drawing of priority numbers for identified qualified beneficiaries will be held on January 28.
Under Habitat’s program, beneficiaries are required to provide sweat equity, and attendance to seminars or meetings are counted as part of the sweat equity.
Silay City was chosen as the project site because it has an LGU owned property which is already developed and buildable.
According to Alore Golez, officer in charge of the Silay Housing Authority Office, the City Government availed of the LGU Resettlement Assistance Program of the NHA under which a city can have a maximum of P12 million grant and P12 million loan to develop LGU owned property for resettlement sites.
Despite the heavy downpour and the flooded grounds of the Rafael B. Lacson Memorial High School oval, leaders of Partido Asenso proceeded to the new venue of this year's ASENSO METRO 3RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY starting as early as 1:30 pm of December 21, 2017.
The leaders totalled 22,124 - all duly registered as soon as they boarded their respective buses, trucks, jeepneys, cars from the cities of Silay, Talisay and Victorias, and the municipalities of Murcia and EB Magalona.
For the first time in the history of the Third District of Negros Occidental, perhaps even in the whole of the province, this huge gathering of political leaders from the grassroots was realized despite the challenges of finding the venue to accomodate such huge number and the logistical requirements to mount the project.
The ASENSO assembly spearheaded by Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez, Congressman Stephen "Caraps" Paduano together with the local government executives under the ASENSO party is scheduled yearly during December to celebrate thanksgiving and the Yuletide Season. This 2017, the convergence of all leaders from all over the Third District became a symbol of unity and an opportunity for all to confirm and reiterate their commitment to the vision of ASENSO.
Padayon ang Asenso! Asenso ko, katungdanan ko!
These were the buzz words and theme of the program that promptly started at 5 pm.
Vice-Governor Jose Eugenio "Bong" Lacson, Board Member Frederick "Manman"Ko, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick "Wantan" Palanca", EB Magalona Marvin Malacon, and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano led the participating officials who joined Cong. Albee and Cong. Caraps.
Special guest was Philippine Women's University president Dr. Francisco "Kiko" Benitez, younger brother of Cong. Albee who was unanimously endorsed as the next candidate for Third District Representative in 2019.
Highlight of the program was the call to commitment to ASENSO, led by the party officials.
The celebration was made complete by Jollibee packs for everyone, entertainment by singer-comedian K Brosas, comedian-magician Jeffrey Tam and singer Tammy, more than 2,000 raffle prizes, and fireworks that capped the program.
Cong. Albee rallied everyone to continue championing the mission of ASENSO which is unconditional service for others and the community, as he thanked all for their continued confidence and support for the party.*
December 7, 2017
Binisita ni Cong. Albee Benitez ngayong araw ang Ground Zero ng bakbakan ng militar at ng teroristang grupo na Maute at inispekyon ang temporary housing na itinatayo ng National Housing Authority para sa mga pamilyang apektado ng giyera.
Idiniin ni Cong. Albee sa mga opisyal ng Task Force Bangon Marawi at NHA na bilisan ngunit sinsinin ang pagpaplano para muling itayo ang Marawi at tiyaking maayos ang implementasyon ng mga proyekto, lalo na sa pabahay, basic social services at kabuhayan, parang tulungan muling makatayo ang mga biktima ng kaguluhan.
November 22, 2017
Nakipagpulong si Cong. Albee Benitez, kasama si Cong. Arlene Brosas, sa mga lider ng Welfareville, Mandaluyong City, ukol sa pamamahagi ng lupa para sa mga residente ng nasabing komunidad.
(Photos Galo Glino III)
PARTNERS FOR PEACE: Rep. Albee Benitez with leaders of the Sustainable Initiative of Grassroots and Networks for Bangsamoro Basic Law
November 21, 2017
PARTNERS FOR PEACE: Rep. Albee Benitez met with leaders of the Sustainable Initiative of Grassroots and Networks for Bangsamoro Basic Law (SIGN BBL), a broad coalition of civil society and grassroots organizations in Mindanao. Rep. Benitez and SIGN BBL are united in their aspiration for just and lasting peace in Mindanao.
(Photo Galo Glino III)