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Ex-Poe backer, Ex-LP solon tagged as 2019 Duterte senate bets



By: Carla P. Gomez - Correspondent / @carlagomezINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 06:20 AM October 06, 2017

VICTORIAS CITY—Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday bragged that the now ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) would control the Senate after the 2019 elections with candidates that he said would surely be elected because they adhere to the principles of President Duterte, among them Representatives Alfredo Benitez and Geraldine Roman.



The PDP-Laban gathering at Victorias Coliseum drew hundreds of once supporters of Mar Roxas and now admirers of President Duterte. —CARLA P. GOMEZ

Alvarez named Benitez and Roman at a rally here for the mass oath-taking of new members of PDP-Laban, a party that rose from near anonymity to being sought after.

Grant unoccupied housing units to homeless—House



posted October 06, 2017 at 12:01 am by Maricel Cruz

The House of Representatives has adopted a joint resolution granting the National Housing Authority the authority to award unoccupied and unassigned housing units previously reserved for uniformed personnel of the government to other qualified beneficiaries.

In a unanimous vote from 212 lawmakers, the House approved House Joint Resolution authored by Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez and several other members of the House committee on housing and urban development.

House passes resolution giving NHA power to award unoccupied houses




Published October 5, 2017, 10:00 PM
By Ben Rosario

The House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a joint resolution that would grant the National Housing Authority (NHA) the power to award other qualified beneficiaries the thousands of unoccupied and unassigned housing units previously reserved for uniformed personnel of the government.

Voting 212 for and zero against, the Lower Chamber approved House Joint Resolution (HJR) No. 15 authored by Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez and several other members of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development that he chairs.

CCTVs for public places, establishments urged by solon




Updated October 2, 2017, 12:19 PM
By Charissa Luci-Atienza

A House leader proposes to require business establishments to install closed circuit television (CCTV) or video surveillance system to deter crimes and to protect lives and properties.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez filed House Bill (H.B.) 6381 calling for the installation of the CCTV cameras or video surveillance system in business establishments, public offices and facilities, public and private schools, parks, public markets, and major roads and intersections.

Decongesting Metro Manila




By Jovee Marie de la Cruz - October 1, 2017

Offices of national government agencies may soon inch their way out of Metro Manila to outlying regions, as a proposal for their relocation gains traction in the House of Representatives.

House Committee on Housing and Urban Development Chairman Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental said his panel has recently approved a substitute bill moving national government administrative offices from the National Capital Region (NCR) to the provinces.

Bayanihan Para sa Bahay ni Juan: Cong. Albee Benitez graced 26th National Convention of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association


September 29, 2017



Cong. Albee Benitez graced today the 26th National Convention of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), where he stressed the need to maximize government lands for in-city housing for informal settler and low-income families to close the housing gap. He also emphasized the importance of creating a Department of Human Settlements and of strong multi-stakeholder partnership to address the country's housing needs.

House approves redistribution of unoccupied gov’t housing units




Published September 28, 2017, 12:04 AM
By Ben R. Rosario

Acting on the low occupancy rate of housing units originally intended for uniformed personnel, the House of Representatives unanimously backed a joint resolution authorizing the National Housing Authority (NHA) to redistribute the thousands of completed houses in government developed communities.

Voting through viva voce, the legislative chamber passed House Joint Resolution 11 authorizing the NHA to award unoccupied and unassigned housing units to other qualified beneficiaries.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, sponsored the legislative measure that was endorsed for swift approval by the House panel in response to the alleged “house grabbing incident” that the Kadamay urban poor group staged a few months back in Pandi and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

House proposal to ‘redistribute’ government housing units approved on 2nd reading




By Jovee Marie de la Cruz - September 27, 2017

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a joint resolution authorizing the redistribution of thousands of housing units intended for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Through viva voce voting, the lawmakers passed on Tuesday House Joint Resolution 11 authorizing the National Housing Authority (NHA) to award the unoccupied and unawarded government housing units to other qualified beneficiaries.

House Committee on Housing and Urban Development Rep. Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental, sponsor of the resolution, said the measure seeks to award the unawarded housing that are not yet occupied and whose ownership and possession is surrendered by their respective awardees.

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