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Retirement pay for barangay officials, health workers pushed




Updated September 12, 2017, 3:44 PM
By Charissa Luci-Atienza

A House leader is calling on his colleagues to pass a bill seeking to provide retirement pay not only for barangay officials, but also for barangay tanods, health workers and Day Care workers.

Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez sought the creation of a Barangay Retirement Fund which shall be used to finance the retirement of barangay officials, barangay tanods, members of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, barangay health workers and Day Care workers.

Rep. Albee Benitez graced the 60th Foundation Anniversary, 4th Flomlok Festival 2017


September 10, 2017



Rep. Albee Benitez graced the 60th Foundation Anniversary and the 14th Flomlok Festival 2017 of Polomolok, South Cotabato, joining Rep. Pedro B. Acharon Jr, Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes, Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti and LGU officials in the festivities. He also turned-over solar lighting/charging kits as part of his advocacy for clean, cheap energy for Filipino households.

House panel sets probe on ‘Yolanda’ housing anomaly on Sept. 18



BY THE MANILA TIMES ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

THE House of Representatives has calendared an investigation on an alleged anomaly in a government housing project involving “billions of pesos” allegedly misused by a contractor hired by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to build homes for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” that hit most of the Visayas region four years ago.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental said in a text message on Thursday that the committee on housing and urban development, which he heads would conduct the inquiry starting on Sept. 18.

Lawmakers aghast at ‘Yolanda’ shelters



By: DJ Yap - 07:52 AM September 07, 2017

“Worse than a piggery” was how one member of the House of Representatives on Wednesday described government bunkhouses for survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013.

Many housing units in resettlement areas had unsafe foundations with walls so thin that residents were told not to hammer nails into them, another congressman said. The beam in at least one house toppled over, he added.

Members of the House housing and urban development panel were left aghast at the dilapidated shelters for the Yolanda victims which they saw during a visit last week to inspect the “snail-paced” government housing projects in Eastern Visayas.

‘Yolanda’ housing contractor faces raps



BY RALPH VILLANUEVA ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

LEYTE Rep. Vicente Veloso is considering filing estafa and plunder cases against the main contractor of the housing project for victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Samar for building substandard units.

Veloso and members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Housing and Urban Development found that only 33 percent of the project has been completed. The lawmakers visited the housing site in Leyte.

Contractor of Yolanda housing in hot water



By WENDELL VIGILIA
September 07, 2017

A CONSTRUCTION company based in San Fernando City, Pampanga is in hot water for constructing substandard housing units for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (PDP-Laban, Negros Occidental), chair of the House committee on housing and urban development, said the owner of housing contractor JC Tayag may face estafa and even a plunder complaint because of the multi-million irregularities. The owner was not identified.

Lawmakers find Yolanda housing projects substandard



RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Sep 06 2017 07:44 PM

MANILA- The House of Representatives Committee on Housing claimed to have found substandard housing projects in relocation areas for the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" in 2013.

The panel, upon the resolution of Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, recently inspected affected areas and claimed to have found mediocre structures. 

Housing committee Chairman Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez said he saw "glaring substandard" construction of facilities for the housing projects and noted that during their visit, they met a whistle-blower who testified under oath during their formal hearing that the materials used in the construction of homes were subpar.

House lawmakers digging deeper into substandard Yolanda housing units



By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab - 04:47 PM September 06, 2017

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are digging deeper into the reportedly substandard construction of the housing units for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan).

In a press briefing on Wednesday, Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, said only 23,414 of the projected 205,128 housing units – or 11.4 percent – have so far been occupied.

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