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Negros as one federal state included in draft Charter

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

THE House of Representatives is now working on the draft amending the Constitution to make way for the federal form of government strongly pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez confirmed to SunStar Bacolod Monday, August 28, that the draft will include assigning Negros Island as one federal state, which is his proposal.

Negros Occidental lawmaker now 3rd richest congressman

Saturday, August 12, 2017

BACOLOD. Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez and wife Dominique at President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address last month. (Carla N. Cañet)

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez is still among the richest members of the House of Representative, based on his 2016 statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).

Officials dismayed by abolition of Negros Island Region

Thursday, August 10, 2017

NEGRENSES expressed dismay over President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to sign Executive Order (EO) 38, abolishing Negros Island Region (NIR).

Former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, who spearheaded the efforts to create the region, said the development of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental will be “slower” not being under one region.

Negrenses upset over Duterte's order dissolving Negros region

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Duterte signed Executive Order 38 on August 7, revoking EO 183 that created the NIR on May 29, 2015.

Negros Oriental will revert to Central Visayas (Region 7) and Negros Occidental to Western Visayas (Region 6).

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who launched #Save NIR Movement together with Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo last year, said he was dismayed, but has to accept and respect the decision of President Duterte.

Barangay polls eyed next year

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives are pushing to move the barangay elections next year.

Lawmakers from Negros Occidental confirmed that during their caucus Monday, majority of the congressmen have agreed to postpone the village and youth polls, both slated this coming October, to May 2018.

Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said the proposed new election schedule will coincide with the referendum of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Bredco eyeing to reclaim 2,000 hectares in Talisay

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Carla N. Canet

THE Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco), through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), is eyeing a 2,000-hectare reclamation project in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Talisay City Mayor Nilo Jesus Antonio Lizares on Monday, July 24, said he and Vice Mayor Samuel Siote and the members of the City Council are set to hold a preliminary meeting with the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA).

Benitez vows more ways to serve Third District

Monday, July 17, 2017
By Carla N. Canet

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez vowed to continue to find more ways to be relevant and bring more meaningful service and governance to his constituents and even beyond.

The statement was echoed by Abang Lingkod partylist Representative Stephen Paduano, who represented Benitez as the guest of honor and speaker during the 35th inauguration of officers, directors, and new members of the Rotary Club of Bacolod-East, held at O Hotel in Bacolod City over the weekend.