Tatak Metro 3rd
To ensure smooth implementation of the Metro 3rd ASENSO Burial Assistance Program after its recent launching, the Programs and Services Group of Cong. Albee Benitez District Office facilitated a consultation meeting with key branch heads of the Social Security System (SSS) office and the respective technical working groups and lead implementors of the cities of Victorias, Silay and Talisay and the municipalities of Murcia and EB Magalona.
District PSG head Lagrimas Silvestre cited the support of Lilani Benedian, MD-OIC VisWest1 Div. and concurrent OIC Branch Head of Bacolod City; Brenda Cruz OIC BH for Victorias; Lina Hilado, OIC BH for Bacolod City East branch; and Josephine Sombina, OIC BH for Kabankalan. Also present in the meeting held last July 18 in Bacolod City was the SSS Legal Officer Atty. Jobel Tiu and other SSS technical staff.
Silvestre thanked the full cooperation of the Metro 3rd Mayors - EBM Mayor Marvin Malacon, Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares and Victorias Mayor Francis Frederich Palanca whose technical working groups provide meticulous focus on the handling of procedures especially verification of SSS or GSIS membership of the beneficiaries of the burial assistance program.*
July 21, 2017
Mayor Neil Lizares III met with Dominique "Nikki" Lopez Benitez, wife of Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez to map out the groundwork for a major 3-day medical and surgical mission on November 2017 at the Teresita Locsin Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.
Talisay City Mayor Neil E. Lizares and Nikki Lopez Benitez discuss the Third District medical and surgical mission slated on November 9, 2017 (Photo by Jonaz Lojera Delleva)
Close to a 50-man medical team from the Makati Medical Center Foundation including surgeons and operating room nurses will perform major and minor cases including thyroid, hernias, cleft lip and palate, gallbladder stones, obstetric and gynecological cases such as ovarian cysts, small breast masses, among others.
(from left to right): Talisay City Assistant Administrator Ismael Paredes Penado, Sanggunian Panglunsod Secretary Josel Simondo Faisan, Sanggunian Panglunsod Member Nicolai Jalandoni, Vice Mayor Sam Siote, Mary Ann Dino, Mayor Neil E. Lizares, Mrs. Nikki Lopez Benitez, Jeceryl Jover, Dr. Jake Manalastas, Dr. Erwin Dizon, Dr. Joy Gladys Guanzon, Marlyn Simondo (Photo by Jonaz Lojera Delleva)
Mrs. Benitez's team was accompanied by Dr. Erwin Dizon and Dr. Jake Manalastas, Mrs. Jeceryl Jover and was met by Mayor Neil, Vice Mayor Sam Siote, SPM Nicolai Jalandoni, Ismael Penado, Talisay City Health Officer Dr. Joy Gladys Guanzon, Josel Faisan and Marlyn Simondo.
The Talisay Third District Team counterpart in action (Photo by Jonaz Lojera Delleva)
The schedule for the first screening of patients is scheduled on October 7, 2017 with the final screening in November 7, 2017.
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Cong. Albee Benitez met today (July 20) with the purok presidents, kagawads and the punong barangay of Barangay Balaring, Remy Roldan to discuss housing concerns especially of informal settler families (ISF)in the barangay and to update constituents of ongoing priority projects in the Third District - among them, inventory of ISFs, intensification of NOCHP enrolment, household survey to determine needs for power especially solar technology for far-flung households, streetlights, and water systems.
In the photo, Cong Albee is joined by the purok president, barangay kagawads, punong barangay Remy Roldan of Barangay Balaring, Silay City and the District Coordinator for housing concerns Marie June Castro.*
Focusing on the other “H” in his METRO 3RD ASENSO –IHELP (infrastructure-health & housing-education & environment-livelihood-policy) PROGRAM, Congressman Alfredo Benitez initiated an inventory of informal settler families (ISF) and a review of the various housing programs of local government units in the Third District.
Site inspection with Victorias Milling Company representatives. Marie June Castro, Paz Marie Valenciano and Allana Montepio of the Congressional District Office accompanied by VMC staff Beltran Gargoles, Romy Moses Depasucat, Fortunato Deo Sombero and Wilmar Castillo visited the proposed 10-hectare lot that will be donated by VMC for socialized housing for ISFs in the VMC community.
Marie June Pavillar Castro, women’s rights advocate, civic leader and former Silay City councilor who was tasked as District Coordinator for Housing Concerns DCHC), said the initial inventory recorded close to 50,000 informal settler families in Victorias, EB Magalona, Silay, Talisay and Murcia. As she works closely with the LGUs to assist fast-tracking their housing programs and other related concerns, the listing and mapping of ISFs continue to generate an accurate data-baseline for appropriate interventions and provide relevant inputs to policy initiatives to address the housing backlog and other issues.
EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon and Marie June Castro in an informal huddle with Barangay Poblacion 3 punong barangay Alan Alejandrino and his kagawads Jason Derla. Faustino Villarosa, Ronnel Mogul, Leah Esponilla and Roberto Segura. Around 1.2 hectares in Purok Tondo in Poblacion 3 have been identified for titling for ISFs as they now work to organize a homeowners association to comply with the conversion requirements.
Cong. Benitez worked with the National Housing Authority and Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca to facilitate the implementation of the Permanent Housing Project in Barangay 13 for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. To date more than 300 units are occupied by ISFs of the total target 2,321 houses.
Victorias housing officer Primilo Solinap recently reported that 1,300 ISFs will soon benefit from the free patent program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Villa Miranda.
EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon reported five priority areas as sites for relocation and housing projects – Barangays Mantaangan, Gahit, Nanca, Poblacion 3 and Sto. Niño for those affected by Typhoon Yolanda and other natural disasters.
DCHC Castro have also identified ISFs who have organized themselves into homeowners associations seeking assistance and conducted consultative meetings with these groups. Among them are the Community Association of Barangay Zone IV of Talisay, the Community Association of Purok Kapayas, Barangay Zone IV of Murcia, and the farm workers of Hacienda Bagacay, Barangay Bagtic in Silay.
The Community Association of Purok Kapayas in Barangay Poblacion IV, Murcia headed by their president Kagawad Miguel Gela meets with DCHC Marie June Castro, the surveyor and representatives of the Municipal Engineer’s office to discuss technical concerns related to requirements of the HLURB.
Vital links are established with government housing agencies like the National Housing Agency (NHA) , Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). The District Office and the DCHC continue to conduct various fora to assist the SHFC advocacy on promoting the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) and the Local Community Mortgage Program (LCMP).
Ongoing is the coordination with the Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit housing organization whose vision is to provide decent shelter for underprivileged informal settlers. DCHC Castro said, Habitat plans for a housing project in the province, using available indigenous materials.
EB Magalona municipal development & planning officer Engr. Erwin Poniado in a consultative meeting with Congressional District representatives Marie June Castro, Paz Marie Valenciano and Laarni Aguilar.
Congressman Benitez who is also the House chair for the Committee on Housing and Urban Development have initiated groundwork on ways and means to tackle the housing backlog in the country, working closely with his counterpart in the Senate, Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito.
In his District, Congressman Benitez takes the lead in transforming lives of informal settler families through access to resettlement communities and socialized housing.
DCHC Castro together with Team Albee shared experiences of long and tedious meetings with stakeholders, rigorous systems and procedures that need improvements and even changes and most of all, the need to change attitude and mind set of people that have been rooted in the old ways.
But opportunities outweigh the constraints in the work towards improving lives of people. For Congressman Benitez, the challenge of making shelter . . . housing . . . . and finally, decent homes a reality for informal settler families is not an impossible dream.*Watch Video of Cong. Albee Benitez Asenso sa Ika-Tatlo nga Distrito: Puluy-an para sa Tanan (Hiligaynon Version)
Cong. Albee Benitez Asenso sa Ika-Tatlo nga Distrito: Puluy-an para sa Tanan (English Version)
Cong. Albee Benitez together with Victorias City Councilors and barangay officials visited Barangay 19A last July 13 and distributed 25 solar home kits to 25 households and 5 solar street lights for the barangay. Kagawad Rosa Montinola and Kagawad Itik Lazo received the solar street lights from Cong. Albee. Briefing the beneficiaries on solar technology, Cong. Albee reminded them to take good care of the facility that will benefit the families and the community.*
The Third District of Negros Occidental continues to intensify its campaign to reach more families to enroll in the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program or NOCHP to avail of free medical services in times of need.
Congressman Alfredo Benitez continues to mobilize his District Office and satellite offices in cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay and municipalities of Murcia and EB Magalona to reach far-flung upland and coastal communities, educating families of the benefits of the program.
With a total of 59,080 families enrolled in NOCHP to date, the Third District keeps its lead in the implementation of the program in the whole province.
Recently, the NOCHP team led by Governor Alfredo Marañon, Congressman Benitez and Mayor Neil Lizares distributed a total of 1,960 NOCHP cards to qualified members; and another 1,641 beneficiaries in Murcia received their cards from the group together with Mayor Andrew Montelibano and Vice-Mayor Gerardo Rojas.
Enrollment for senior citizens is also a priority in the Third District.
Congressman Benitez has urged mayors in his district to continue fully supporting NOCHP enrollment to reach a target of 75,000 beneficiaries.
The Third District NOCHP enrollment has the following record update: EB Magalona – 8,059; Murcia – 10,895; Silay – 18,018; Talisay – 9,546; and Victorias – 12,562.*
Congressman Alfredo Benitez recently joined the meeting of the Silay City Tourism Council as the body reviewed the Silay City Tourism Code and made plans to further strengthen tourism development in the city and Metro 3rd. In photo are (left to right): City Treasurer Elsie Jimenea; Reynaldo Bantug, vice-chairman representing the private sector; Cong. Benitez; Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, honorary chairman of the Council and Silay Tourism Officer Girlie Sulmaca.*
The ASENSO METRO 3RD BURIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM provides access to funeral and burial services to qualified residents of the Third District of Negros Occidental.
The PROGRAM brings together the resources and efforts of the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the Third District with the leadership and initiative of Congressman Alfredo Benitez, formalizing its district-wide implementation with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The PROGRAM is open to all bona-fide residents of the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias, and the municipalities of E.B. Magalona and Murcia. The claimant is the resident who requests for burial assistance for a deceased immediate family member. The beneficiary who is the deceased must also be a bona-fide resident of the Third District.
With the signing of the MOU and formal launching of the PROGRAM on July 3, 2017, the implementation of the PROGRAM starts. The MOU sets the duration of the program for two years, July 2017 to July 2019.
All LGUs have designated Technical Working Groups tasked to properly implement the PROGRAM. Each LGU has a designated office to receive and process requests for burial assistance. Requests received by the Congressional District Office will be endorsed for processing and action to the claimant’s city or municipality.
The claimant must process all requirements within forty-five (45) working days after death of the family member :
- Duly accomplished request form for burial assistance
- Photocopy of voter’s ID/voter certification or any government-issued ID of claimant
- Certificate of residency of claimant stating his/her relationship with deceased
- Certified True Copy of Death Certificate
- SSS/GSIS verification letter
- Duly accomplished Burial Assistance Program Form
Qualified beneficiaries will receive burial assistance depending on the following circumstances:
*Ten Thousand Pesos (Php 10,000.00) for deceased who is not
a member of the Social Security System (SSS), Government
Service Insurance System (GSIS) or any private insurance.
*Five Thousand Pesos (Php 5,000.00) for deceased who is a
member of the SSS, GSIS or any private insurance.
Also for the deceased who is below 18 years of age, including
The beneficiary or the deceased can only receive burial assistance once. In cases where there are more than one claimants for only one beneficiary, the claimant who is the nearest of kin will receive the burial assistance.
When Cong. Albee started his first term in 2010, he committed to bring change in the delivery of programs and services through a new mind-set in governance and public service.
Working on his I-HELP (infra-health-housing-social services-livelihood-policy ) Programs, he led LGUs to convergence and synergy to transform lives of constituents by veering away from traditional ways. His focus is always on thinking outside the box and innovation to ensure that basic services and development are readily accessible to all.
For the first time in the Third District, a basic need of constituents to cope with the inevitable loss of a loved one – the grief and expenses, is attended to and the delivery of this assistance is now integrated and institutionalized for residents from all walks of life.PADAYON ANG ASENSO SA “TABANG SA KALISOD!”
The Talisay Albee Cup cagers take the lead in basketball and in men’s volleyball with the EBM lady spikers as frontrunners, as the District 3 inter-LGU tournament finished its 4th weekend matches last June 17 and 18 hosted by EB Magalona.
Silay men’s spikers suffered twin losses to EBM and Talisay in volleyball games held at the Barangay Tabigue covered court. In the women’s match, EBM beat Victorias but the Victorias spikers beat Silay.
In basketball 39-below, Silay lost two matches, to Murcia and Victorias. Talisay beat Silay, while EBM also beat Silay. Games were played at the Wilkinson Gym.
Victorias City will host the 5th weekend games on June 24 and 25.
Championship play-offs are slated July 1 and 2 at the Victorias Coliseum.*
The third week-end of the ALBEE CUP Inter-LGU Sportsfest reels off with games played at the Murcia public plaza covered court and the Murcia gym.
Bonding time for Talisay and Murcia lady spikers.
Basketball games winners on June 10-11 are Victorias over Murcia in the 40 above category and Talisay over Victorias. In the 39 below category, Murcia beat EB Magalona while EB Magalona lost to Talisay.
Talisay cagers at the Murcia gym.
In men’s volleyball, Murcia won over Victorias, and Talisay beat Victorias. In women’s volleyball, Murcia was defeated by EB Magalona, and Murcia proved victorious over Talisay.
Talisay cagers at the Murcia gym.
Next week-end, June 17 and 18, basKetball and volleyball matches will be hosted by EB Magalona at the Wilkinson Gym.*
The Talisay Team in the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sportsfest scored multiple wins over the other LGU groups in the second week of the basketball and volleyball games.
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The Talisay 3rd Albee Cup Team led by Councilors Rolin Meliton and RJ Tuvilla flank Dr. Francisco Benitez who was guest speaker at the Inter-LGU Sportsfest opening.
In the basketball matches for 39 below category , Talisay won over Victorias last June 3; and beat Silay in the June 4 schedule . Talisay also beat Murcia (June 3) and EB Magalona (June 4) in the 40 above basketball games.
Talisay’s 5th win is in the volleyball-men’s category last June 4, playing against EB Magalona.
The Victorias basketballers won in 2 play-offs – against EB Magalona in the June 3 40 above category and against Murcia by default in June 4.
In volleyball men’s, Victorias beat Silay and also won against Murcia in the women’s category.
Murcia beat Silay thrice - in basketball 40 above and in volleyball men’s and women’s, all during the June 4 games.
EB Magalona won in volleyball matches as it beat Murcia in volleyball men’s and the Talisay volleyball women’s.
The Silay team won only in basketball 39 below over EB Magalona, and in volleyball women’s beating Talisay.
The games for the second week of the Albee Cup were all hosted by Talisay – volleyball at the Talisay Public Plaza Covered Court and basketball at the Talisay Gym.
The third week-end (June 17 and 18) tournament will be held at the Murcia gym and plaza covered court . Finals abd championship games are scheduled iob June 24 and 25 in Victorias City.
Third District Congressman Alfredo Benitez has started in 2014 a summer sportsfest where friendly matches in basketball and volleyball were participated in by elected officials of cities and towns in the District, from the mayor down to the barangay kagawad. This year is the 3rd for the Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sportsfest.*
Negros Occidental Third District Congressman Alfredo Benitez has facilitated last week vital groundwork to enable residents and communities in remote and far-flung areas in his District to enjoy power and water supply harnessed from renewal energy.
ENGR. JIMMY PLANAS of Central DOE explains to residents of Barangay Canlusong, EB Magalona the Household Electrification Program of the DOE.
Two separate validation teams arrived in the province from the Department of Energy and the Department of Science and Technology. Both were guided by the House and District staff of Cong. Benitez, with the support and cooperation of the local government executives of the Third District.
Representatives from the Central Negros Electric Cooperative and the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative also joined the activity for the Household Electrification Program (HEP), a component of the expanded Rural Electrification Program of the DOE.
Ocular inspection was conducted in Sitios Sibato and Lantawan in Barangay Guimbalaon of Silay City. Covered in Talisay City were Sitio Kipot, Barangay Concepcion; Hacienda Granada in Barangay Matab-ang; and Purok Tumpok in Barangay Bubog.
Reached in Barangay Minoyan in Murcia are Sitios Balasyang, Genam-an and Tangke. In Victorias City, visited was Barrio Lawaan in Barangay 20.
Barangay Canlusong of EB Magalona that can be accessed through the Victorias City route was also visited and the team reached Hacienda 17, Sitio Ilaya 1 and 2, Jaroy and Marinque.
Those qualified under the HEP will be provided power using renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic, solar home system and micro-hydro system. Beneficiary sitios or barangays are also provided with solar streetlights and communal PV systems.
The qualified areas for the program will be assisted by DOE, the electric cooperatives, their respective LGUs and the office of Cong. Benitez in the preparation of requirements for qualified and committed households.
DOST, on the other hand, fielded an Engineering Consortium composed of representatives from the Technological University of the Phil. in the Visayas, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod and the Iloilo Science and Technology University to work on a pilot proto-type for a solar-powered water system.
The DOST group visited Barangay Caliban in Murcia, Barangay Consing in EB
Magalona, and Barangay 12 in Victorias.*
A total of 150 schoolchildren of the Estado Elementary School-Hacienda Mimi Extension, in Barangay 10 – Barrio Estado, Victorias City were beneficiaries of free immunization for influenza, a project of Victoriahanon Mrs. Victoria Bantug Hoffart together with the Victorias Kaayong Lawas Foundation and the Immaculate Conception Health Center to commemorate the 98th birth anniversary of former Victorias Mayor Remedios Palanca Bantug.
Mrs. Hoffart is a daughter of Mayor Remedios Bantug and sister to the late Betty Bantug Benitez, mother of Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez.
School head Cynthia Lazo welcomed and thanked the project benefactors led by Mrs. Victoria Bantug Hoffart, VKLF president Tricia Anne L. Regino, Immaculate Conception Health Center medical director Dr. Ralph T. Cana and hospital administrator Butch Gicana.
The group also distributed notebooks for the schoolchildren as a contribution to the Brigada Eskwela program of the school.*
The Victorias City sports contigent in the 3rd ALBEE CUP: Inter-LGU Sportsfest takes the lead in the opening games of May 27 and the May 28 first Sunday schedule of basketball and volleyball matches, all held at the Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center.
Victorias won over Silay in the 40 yrs. old & above category for basketball men’s. It also beat EB Magalona in the 39 yrs. old & below category for basketball men’s. In women’s volleyball, Victorias won over Talisay.
EB Magalona won in two games, beating Silay in women’s volleyball, and beating Victorias in men’s volleyball.
Talisay also posted two wins – beating Murcia in men’s volleyball and winning over Murcia in basketball for 39 yrs. old and below category.
The Murcia 40 up basketball team won over EB Magalona in the second match played May 27.
Dr. Francisco B. Benitez, younger brother of Third District Representative Alfredo B. Benitez and current president of the Philippine Women’s University speaking in behalf of Congressman Benitez welcomed all participating athletes in the opening program, noting the cooperation and support of all local government units in the Third District for the program. Declaring the tournament open, Dr. Benitez rallied participants to continue to be physically fit and take the opportunity to strenghthen ties with fellow public officials both through the friendly competition and sharing of best practices.
Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, host of the opening games, welcomed everyone.
Leading their respective teams are Silay Mayor Golez, Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Talisay Councilors Gab Villacin, Rolin Meliton and RJ Tuvilla;; and Murcia Councilors Jose Gomez and Belen Magbanua.
The next schedule of matches are on June 3 and 4 to be hosted by Talisay City, with basketball games to be played at the Talisay Gym and volleyball games at the Talisay Plaza Covered Court.*
Elected officials of the Third District, from mayors, vice-mayors, councilors, barangay captains and barangay councilmen will see action starting today (May 27) as the 3rd ALBEE CUP Inter-LGU Sportsfest opens at 2 pm at the Silay City Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center.
Congressman Alfredo Benitez, seeing the opportunity to foster stronger camaraderie among public officials in his District and at the same time, promote physical fitness and well-being, launched the sportsfest in 2014. This year’s theme is “ Upod sa hampang, sinadya kag ASENSO sa Metro 3rd”.
Close to a hundred local government officials of Victorias, EB Magalona, Silay, Talisay and Murcia will compete in a series of basketball and volleyball matches in various venues every week-end from May 27 to June 26
Roger Banzuela Event Coordinator and Tournament Director, said events include basketball-men for 39 yrs. old and below; and 40 yrs. old and above. There is also volleyball-men and women, open category. *
A team from the Department of Energy conducted this week inspection and validation visits for prospective sites for installation of solar-powered facilities for households in far-flung off-grid areas in the Third District of Negros Occidental.
Accompanied by staff from the Office of Congressman Alfredo Benitez, the DOE group visited Barangay Guimbalaon in Silay City and Barangays Bubog and Matab-ang in Talisay City.
Team Albee is composed of Anj Tubles, Cathy Napilan, Malu Resurrecion, Paz Marie Valenciano and Lagrimas Silvestre.
In Silay City, the group met with Silay Mayor Mark Golez and Guimbalaon punong barangay Claro Denosta. The group also met with barangay heads Ricky Veraye of Bubog and Marina Bermeo of Matab-ang.*
April 24, 2017
Congressman Alfredo Benitez with Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares and Vice-Mayor Samuel Siote visited Barangay Katilingban in Talisay City today (April 24, 2017) accompanied by Punong Barangay Jude Abellana. Cong. Albee distributed 50 solar home kits to 50 households in Barangay Katilingban and inspected areas for development of farm-to-market roads.
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