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Silaynons cook from the heart



Monday, November 07, 2016
By CARLA N. CAÑET

FOOD is best cooked from the heart and best shared with loved ones and company of friends.

The "1st ‘Kaon Ta!’...Silay Food Festival" held Saturday, during the commemoration of Cinco de Noviembre, at Balay Negrense in Silay City was organized by the city government, through the Office of the City Mayor, Tourism Office and Gaston family.



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Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez said the food festival was held in cooperation with the community.

Benitez optimistic House hearing will answer issues on NIR



Saturday, October 29, 2016
By MARCHEL P. ESPINA

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez is optimistic the House committee hearing on November 8 will answer the contentious issues regarding the Negros Island Region (NIR).


He said the Special Committee on Visayas Development, a newly-formed committee in the 17th Congress, will invite the directors of regional line agencies to discuss the status of NIR.

Benitez underscores convergence at irrigation project consultation



Wednesday, October 26, 2016
By ERWIN P. NICAVERA

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez has underscored the importance of convergence for the smooth planning and implementation of the Malogo River Irrigation Project.

Benitez, who joined the public scoping session for the said project in Silay City last Friday, said that aside from planning and implementation stages, cooperation and synergy by all participating stakeholders is also vital in anticipating developments that can affect the project.

Benitez pours in P3.6B worth of projects in last three years



Friday, October 14, 2016
MARCHEL P. ESPINA

SILAY CITY – NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez poured in P3.637 billion worth of projects in his district in the last three years.

The bulk of the budget went to infrastructure projects in the district at P3.540 billion, including P917.999 million in 2014, P945.220 million in 2015, and P1.677 billion for 2016, Benitez said during his State of the District Report, Thursday, at the Silay City Civic Center.

Benitez: Nothing political in NIR issue



Friday, October 14, 2016
MARCHEL P. ESPINA

SILAY CITY – Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said Thursday the looming dissolution of Negros Island Region (NIR) has nothing to do with politics.

“I don’t think it’s political, it’s more on the (proposed) federalism,” the lawmaker said, adding that he doesn’t think the administration is testing the loyalty of the elected officials here.

Sugarcane industry gets P1.4B for 2017


Friday, October 14, 2016

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said Thursday the reduced P2-billion sugarcane industry fund for next year was already addressed.

“We’re given P1.4 billion, which is short of P600 million from the P2 billion mandated appropriation. We had a gentleman’s agreement with the Department of Budget and Management and the House committee on appropriations that the P600 million balance will be added to 2018,” he said.

Benitez questions slashed sugarcane industry fund



Friday, September 16, 2016
By MARCHEL P. ESPINA

NEGROS Occidental third district Representative Alfredo Benitez said he is seeking answers on the reduction in the P2-billion sugarcane industry fund for next year.

Instead of the P2-billion budget, only P1.562 billion was appropriated for 2017, Benitez said.

“By law, P2 billion is a mandatory appropriation that must be allocated for the sugarcane industry,” he pointed out.

House Speaker: ‘If DBM says no funds for NIR, let’s not force it’



Friday, September 16, 2016

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Thursday, September 15, that he will look into the possibility of including Negros Island Region in the 2017 appropriation of the National Government.

“I think the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) has expressed their reservation for the full implementation (of the executive order creating NIR), but it doesn’t mean we’re not going to totally implement (the EO),” he added.

Admin party wants unity for Unega, Love Negros



Friday, September 16, 2016
By TERESA D. ELLERA

THE ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is working out the unity of two major political groups in Negros Occidental -- the United Negros Alliance (Unega) and Love Negros.

Unega is chaired by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., while Love Negros is led by third district Representative Alfredo Benitez and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.

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