Manila Bulletin

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.

Yolanda anomalies deplored; BOC irregularities to be checked

Published September 5, 2017, 10:00 PM
By Fred Lobo

Concerned congressmen have deplored multi-million peso irregularities in the implementation of the housing project for victims of super-typhoon “Yolanda,” and recommended the fiing of criminal charges against public officials and contractors involved.

Materials used were substandard and their style is “bulok.”

House committee asks NHA to explain ‘Yolanda’ housing anomalies

Published September 5, 2017, 12:06 AM
By Ben Rosario

The chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development yesterday asked the National Housing Authority (NHA) to explain why it failed to address anomalies in the construction of houses for super -typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims notwithstanding the agency’s snail-paced delivery of completed housing units.

Citing a Commission on Audit (COA) report, Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez disclosed that the NHA accomplishment record in delivering housing units for ‘Yolanda’ victims and other resettlement program for informal settler families has been dismal.

Charges eyed vs individuals in Yolanda housing irregularities

Published September 3, 2017, 10:00 PM
By Nestor L.Abrematea

Tacloban City – The House of Representatives committee on housing and urban development is eyeing criminal charges against individuals and officials involved in the anomalous implementation of various housing projects intended for victims of super- typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.

Rep. Albee Benitez, House committee chairman, the results of the investigation on the supposed housing project anomalies, wherein substandard materials were allegedly used, will be forwarded to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

House committee uncovers anomalies in shelter project for ‘Yolanda’ victims

Updated September 3, 2017, 7:34 AM
By Ben R. Rosario

Borongan, Eastern Samar – A senior administration congressman yesterday deplored multi-million peso irregularities in the implementation of the shelter project for victims of super-typhoon “Yolanda,” noting that the housing units were built using substandard construction materials.

Hundreds of government-funded housing units for Yolanda victims will have to be inspected after contractors who won the heavily-financed shelter project have reportedly tapped unqualified sub-contractors to do their job, Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez revealed.

House eyes approval of new PH federal constitution by November

Updated August 28, 2017, 10:23 AM
By Charissa M. Luci-Atienza

The four technical working groups (TWGs) of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments are eyeing the approval of the draft new Philippine Federal Constitution by November.

Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado, committee chairman, said the TWG members agreed to finish their work by November this year and submit the draft new Federal Constitution to the committee for final discussion and approval.

House leader urging government to allocate more funds in housing

Updated August 22, 2017, 3:09 PM
By Charissa Luci-Atienza

A House leader is urging the Duterte administration to pour in more resources in housing to address the long-standing problem of homelessness in the country.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, chairman of the House committee on housing and urban development, laments that the proposed P4.795-billion budget for the housing sector in 2018 is 68.87 percent lower than last year.

Zubiri not giving up on Negros region

Published August 10, 2017, 10:01 PM
By Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola and Tara Yap

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said he will push for the re-establishment of the Negros Island Region (NIR) which President Duterte had ordered abolished.

“I am saddened by the latest development concerning the Negros Island Region, however I respect President Duterte’s decision for its abolition,” Zubiri said in a statement.

Solon alerts nation on housing backlog

Published July 26, 2017, 3:17 PM
By Ben Rosario

As threats of more destructive natural disasters mount, the chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development has underscored the need for government and private housing developers to locate their projects away from geo-hazards, particularly earthquake fault systems.

Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum 6, Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo (Albee) Benitez aired this call as he strongly pushed for the prioritization of a housing and urban development legislative agenda that would address the huge housing backlog that could balloon from two million to 6.6 million when the country elects its next president in 2022.

P30-M burial aid in Negros

Published July 7, 2017, 10:00 PM
By Carla N. Canet

Talisay City — A P30-million burial aid program has been launched in Negros Occidental’s third district.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez said the program will hasten the burial process for the less privileged in the district that comprises of Silay City, Talisay City, Victorias City, E. B. Magalona town, and Murcia town.