Manila Bulletin

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.

Solon calls for in-city, near-city housing program

Published April 27, 2017, 12:08 AM
by Ben Rosario

Congress will have to exercise its oversight powers to redirect government’s unsatisfactory housing and urban development program that is further threatened by the effects of the so-called Kadamay takeover of housing projects in Bulacan.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez lamented that while a P5-billion annual funding for socialize housing may not be sufficient to address the overall needs of the country, the money appeared to have been directed to implement housing projects that appear to have few takers.

House inquiry into gov’t housing takeover sought

Published March 15, 2017, 12:05 AM
By Ben R. Rosario and Charissa M. Luci

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez yesterday called for a congressional inquiry into the takeover of government housing units in Bulacan by at least 1,000 homeless families, saying that the series of incidents underscores the need for government to treat the worsening housing crisis with utmost urgency.

Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, filed House Resolution No. 875 directing the appropriate House committee to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the takeover of units in several housing government housing projects in Pandi and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

At least 5,000 urban poor individuals are reportedly occupying housing units located at San Jose Heights, Villa Elise, Pandi Residences 3 , Pandi Village 2 and Padre Pio since Wednesday’s takeover, police have reported.

House committee approves in-city relocation measure

Published November 9, 2016, 10:00 PM
by Ben R. Rosario

The House Committee on Housing and Urban Development has unanimously approved a measure that seeks to eliminate the relocation of informal settler families outside urban centers by establishing on-site, in-city or near city resettlement programs.

Chaired by Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez (PDP-Laban, Negros Occidental), the House panel voted early on House Bill (HB) 82 or the “On-site, In-City or Near City Resettlement Act” as its members aired hopes for early passage of the measure.