The Visayan Daily Star

Silay gets 546 Habitat houses



Friday, January 19, 2018
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation Inc. is building 546 earthquake and storm-proof homes for informal settlers in Brgy. E Lopez, Silay City, Negros Occidental, that are being targeted to be completed in 36 months.

Habitat for Humanity Asia-Pacific Area Vice-President, Rick Hathaway, said yesterday that they will use an engineered bamboo-design, which is earthquake resilient, and could survive anything that can happen in the community.

Hathaway, who led the groundbreaking yesterday of the multi-million disaster resilient housing project at the Bonbon Phase 3 resettlement site in Brgy. E. Lopez, Silay City, said the construction of the 546 homes, will be done in phases, with 86 housing units to be initially constructed.

The groundbreaking was also attended by local government officials led by Silay Mayor Mark Golez. Dominique “Nikki” Lopez-Benitez represented her husband, Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), who chairs the House committee on Housing and Urban Development.

Groundbreaking for Habitat for Humanity Project in Silay City Today



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation Inc. and the Silay City government will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. today, to start the construction of the multi-million disaster-resilient housing project at the Bon Bon Phase 3 Resettlement Site in Brgy. E Lopez., a press release said

Habitat's Vice President for Asia Pacific Rick Hathaway, Managing Director Michael Meaney, and Project Director Lily Fuentes will join Silay Mayor Mark Golez at the groundbreaking rites.

Another Benitez for congressman



Friday, December 22, 2017
By BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The election fever is on, more than a year before the May 2019 elections.

Dr. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez, younger brother of Rep. Alfredo Benitez, was formally endorsed yesterday as a congressional candidate in the 2019 elections during the Asenso Metro 3rd general assembly in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, that was attended by about 22,000 supporters, as reported by organizers.




Dr. Francisco " Kiko" Benitez (right) leads the pledge of commitment to call to duty with Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson,Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano, AbangLingkod Rep Stephen Paduano, Rep. Alfredo Benitez ( 1 st , 3 rd ,4 th , 6 th , 7 th , 10 th , 12 th , 13 th and 14 th from left) and four of the five vice mayors of the district, except for EB Magalona.* ( Gilbert P. Bayoran photo )

Silay-Victorias highway gets P800M



Thursday, December 21, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The economic highway being built from Silay City to Victorias City is expected to be almost totally completed next year with about P800 million allocated for 2018, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said yesterday.

With its completion, he said, travel time from Bacolod City to Victorias will only be 17 minutes.

Sugar inquiry held in abeyance: Albee



Thursday, December 21, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said he is holding in abeyance his call for a congressional inquiry into complaints of sugar price manipulation with the recent increase in prices.

He said some industry stakeholders had asked him to call for a House investigation but shortly after he announced it, the prices of sugar started to go up.

Albee to announce line-up, but federalism seen by 2019



Thursday, December 21, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez, who is announcing the third district candidates for 2019 today, said the elections two years from now could already be under a federal form of government.

Benitez, who celebrated his 51 st birthday in Victorias City yesterday, also said he will support Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson for whatever post he will run for in 2019. Lacson is expected to run for governor of Negros Occidental.

11 Negros solons vote yes to extension of martial law



Thursday, December 14, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

All of Negros Island's representatives, except Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano of Sipalay City, yesterday voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2018 .

They along with the majority of the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, in a joint session, granted President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of writ of habeas corpus from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018.

‘Majority in Visayan bloc for extending martial law'



Wednesday, December 13, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The members of the Visayan bloc are expected to join the majority in the Lower Housetoday in voting in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), when asked yesterday how he and the majority of the Visayan bloc will vote on the extension of mayor law, said “in favor”.

Love Negros



Wednedday, December 13, 2017



LOVE NEGROS. Sipalay Mayor Oscar Montilla, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) and Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (l-r) were among the Love Negros members at the Bacolod Pavillon Monday night for their Christmas party, where they said political plans for 2019 were not tackled.*

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