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Solon seeks congressional probe on Budol-Budol gangs



Updated November 16, 2017, 1:36 PM
By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The House of Representatives will step in and look into the growing number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families who have been victimized by “Budol-Budol” gangs.

“Budol-Budol” refers to a form of swindling punishable under Article 315 (2) (a)  of the Revised Penal Code.  The gangs normally prey on unsuspecting persons using fraud, oftentimes promising get-rich quick schemes to get their victims to part with their hard-earned money.

Negros Occidental Rep.  Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development,  is set to file on Monday, November 20, a resolution urging the appropriate panel to look into reports of Budol-Budol gangs that target OFWs and retirees.

Solon eyes zero backlog in ‘Yolanda’ housing



November 10, 2017 at 11:10 am by Maricel Cruz and Bill Casas

THE chairperson of the House of Representatives’ committee on housing and urban development has urged the National Housing Authority to aim for zero backlog in housing units intended for families affected by Super Typhoon “Yolanda.”

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez, chairperson of the House of Representatives committee on housing, issued this after over 190,000 housing units were reported due for completion by next year for the families of “Yolanda” survivors who suffer the wrath of the strong typhoon in 2013.

Solon’s challenge: Zero backlog in ‘Yolanda’ housing




Published November 8, 2017, 10:00 PM
By Ben Rosario

Bring to zero the more than 190,000 backlog in housing units for Yolanda-affected families when the nation observes next year the fifth anniversary of the worst typhoon tragedy that hit the country in recent history.

That was the challenge aired by the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on housing to the National Housing Authority (NHA) when the country marked the fourth anniversary of the super-typhoon yesterday.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez also called for the swift release of funds to finance the Typhoon Yolanda Housing Project as noted by the Commission on Audit in the recently-released 2016 Annual Financial Report for Government Owned and -Controlled Corporations that included NHA.

4 years after ‘Yolanda’, victims still homeless





November 8, 2017
By TARA YAP, Charissa M. Luci-Atienza

ILOILO CITY – Four years after super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the housing project for typhoon survivors in Antique province seems far from being completed.

Fr. Jose Elmer Cajilig, Western Visayas convenor of Kilusang Pagbabago (KP), said his group received complaints from residents of Bugasong and Pandan towns.

A pro-Duterte group, KP went to Bugasong and found that the housing project of the National Housing Authority (NHA) remains unfinished and that survivors are yet to be told of any concrete date for them to occupy the 1,787 housing units.

Solon vows punishment for officials, contractors behind Yolanda housing mess



Published November 7, 2017 7:34pm

Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Benitez on Tuesday vowed punishment for those responsible for the construction delay and substandard quality of the housing units for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Benitez, who chairs the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, made the pronouncement on the eve of the fourth-year anniversary of the deadly super typhoon.

In a statement, Benitez lamented the lack of concrete progress in the construction of houses for typhoon victims, who still live in temporary housing or in danger zones.

Solon Vows Relentless Fight for Yolanda Homeless



08 November 2017

The chairman of the House of Representatives committee on housing vowed to bring to justice officials and private contractors for the delay and substandard quality of housing projects for Yolanda-affected families as the nation marks today the fourth year since the super typhoon devastated Visayas.

In a press statement, Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez lamented that four years have passed yet thousands still live in temporary housing or in danger zones. “It appears that, for many families, the tragedy continues,” he said.

NHA: Contractor behind 'substandard' housing can't bid for Yolanda projects



Patty Pasion
Published 2:30 PM, November 07, 2017
Updated 3:05 PM, November 07, 2017

JC Tayag Builders is accused of constructing substandard houses for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

MANILA, Philippines – The National Housing Authority (NHA) said on Tuesday, November 7, that contractor JC Tayag Builders will not be able to bid for the remaining projects in the post-Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) housing program.

The contractor is likely to face charges of perjury and syndicated estafa after making false statements during a House of Representatives probe into the allegedly substandard houses built for Yolanda survivors in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.

Plunder raps await Yolanda contractor, NHA execs




Published November 5, 2017, 10:00 PM
Floro M. Mercene

The chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development will recommend the filing of plunder charges against a contractor of housing projects for victims of typhoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Samar, including officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA).

A congressional inquiry revealed collusion between the contractor and the lead government agency in the Yolanda housing program.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfred “Albee” Benitez, committee chairman said when Congress resumes session next month, they will recommend the filing of plunder charges against contractor Juanito Tayag of the J.C Tayag Builders, Inc., and several officials of the NHA, whose names he did not reveal.

Another Yolanda storm brewing – and what a howler!



BY MAURO GIA SAMONTE ON OCTOBER 29, 2017

The huge howler that was Yolanda in 2013 does not seem to have ended after all. Four years into its anniversary four days from today, the killer typhoon (death toll more than 6,300, with bodies continuing to be found into 2014) is once more a-forming, its howl now certain to duplicate that which made Yolanda the most destructive on record to have hit humanity ever.

Real estate group pushes creation of housing department




Published in the Sunstar Davao Newspaper on Friday, October 27, 2017
By Jennie P. Arado

A HOUSING department will help better address the country’s housing concerns than a mere coordinating council, said Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association, Inc. (Creba) official.

One of the bills that Creba wants to push is the Department of Housing Bill, which had been pending for about 20 years now.

According to Creba executive director Sharmin Albacete, this bill had been certified as an urgent bill by past administrations but still did not make it into law.

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