The Visayan Daily Star

Modern day heroes needed: Albee

on Mon, 11/07/2016

The search for heroes continues, 118 years after the bloodless Cinco de Noviembre revolution that freed Silaynons from more than 300 years of Spanish domination.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd district) in his message that was read by Mayor Mark Golez during the Cinco De Noviembre celebration Saturday in Silay City, said that in the modern age of technology and information, “We look up to modern heroes as the ones who have a strong sense of charity, justice, humility and morality”.

Silay Mayor Mark Golez and ViceMayor Joedith Gallego sign the City Tourism Code.*

Outreach benefited 267

on Sat, 11/05/2016

About 267 beneficiaries from various barangays of Victorias City in Negros Occidental benefited from the free medical and dental mission organized by the Victorias Kaayong Lawas Foundation Inc., Leisure and Resorts World Corporation, Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation Inc., and the office of Rep. Alfredo Benitez, held recently at the Immaculate Conception Health Center grounds in the city.

Leisure & Resorts World representatives Mylene de Mesa (extreme left) and Regina Benitez (3rd from left); Victorias Kaayong Lawas Foundation, Inc. hospital administrator Butch Gicana and Foundation President Tricia Anne Regino (4th & 5th from left ); and Laarni Aguilar from the Office of Cong. Albee Benitez.

Irrigation dams to benefit 3rd district set to be built

on Wed, 10/26/2016

The Malogo Irrigation Project involving a 2.0 meters diversion dam to be built in Barangay Kapitan Ramon in Silay City is projected to benefit 8,625 hectares of irrigable areas covering barangays in Silay City and EB Magalona town.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (center) at the Malogo River Irrigation Project Public Scoping Session with Serafin Palteng, NIA NIR Director Mario Sande, and barangay captains Lea Beri of Tanza, Silay, and Sharyn Belen of Pasil, EB Magalona (l-r).*

The five barangays in Silay City are Hawaiian, E. Lopez, Guinhalaran, Lantadand Bagtic, and the six barangays in E.B. Magalonaare Alicante, Cudangdang, Mantaangan, Pasil, Sto. Niño, and Tanza, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said yesterday.

Aquino, Benitez discuss education in Murcia

on Fri, 10/21/2016

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino and Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) visited Barangay Alegria in Murcia, Negros Occidental yesterday for a dialog at the Alegria Elementary School to get a firsthand brief of the state of the public elementary and high schools in the area, and to bring government closer to the people, a press release from Benitez’s office said.

Rotaract officer Dr. Cris Sorongon (3rd from left) turns over a set of books for the Alegria National High School received by principal Lelanie Rivera (5th from left). Joining the turn-over are Cong. Albee Benitez, Alegria ES principal Norberto Vallente, Senator Bam Aquino, DepED NIR Director Gilbert Sadsad and DPWH DE Jaime Javellana.

Aquino, who chairs the Senate Committee on Education, spoke on priority programs for educational development, among them free tuition at state universities and colleges, “trabaho centers” for senior high school all over the country, strengthening the Alternative Learning System, more benefits for teachers, and to address the dire need for more school buildings.

9 Negros solons ask Duterte to keep NIR

by CARLA GOMEZ on Fri, 10/14/2016

Repeal will save money: Andanar

Congressmen of the Negros Island Region have joined the appeal for President Rodrigo Duterte to retain the NIR pending a shift towards a federal form of government.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ.,3 rd District) yesterday said he is almost sure the 10 Negros congressmen and some partylist representatives will also push for the retention of NIR as a federal state when the time comes, which will be advantageous to Negros from an economic perspective, and makes sense from the social and cultural aspect.

Rep. Greg Gasataya (Bacolod) said nine of 10 NIR congressmen signed the letter they sent to the president for the retention of the NIR.

“We are already on the right track towards achieving our two decades old dream of unified Negros provinces to fast track development through an integrated ecosystems-based planning and program implementation. We are just beginning to chart our destiny,” the letter to the president said.

3rd district gets P4B in projects

by CARLA GOMEZ on Fri, 10/14/2016

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez yesterday said P4 billion in projects were implemented in the third district of Negros Occidental in his second term as congressman, and P1.2 billion more is earmarked for infrastructure projects in 2017.

Benitez, delivered his 2013-2016 state of the district report before Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, mayors Francis Frederick Palanca – Victorias City, Mark Golez – Silay City, Andrew Montelibano – Murcia and Marvin Malacon - EB Magalona, and barangay officials of the third district of Negros Occidental at the Silay Civic Center.

Drug rehabilitation center eyed in Silay

by BY GILBERT BAYORAN on Fri, 10/14/2016

A plan is up to put up a drug rehabilitation center in Silay City, Negros Occidental, and the city government is now looking for a site for it, in tandem with Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), Mayor Mark Golez yesterday said.

Golez, however, said it will take time, as they have to comply with mandated requirements.

Yesterday, Benitez said there is need to increase the number of drug rehabilitation centers to accommodate more drug dependents.

Albee keeps open mind on same-sex marriages

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I will have an open mind on it.”

That was the reply of Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday when asked for his stand on the move of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to file a bill legalizing same-sex union in the Philippines. 

Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral, appealed to the country's legislators to be guided by God's eternal divine law in crafting laws.

The Catholic Church is opposed to same sex marriages.

Contravening God's will only result in man's perdition, Pasquin said, adding that he trusts in the speaker's good sense.

Albee seeks Du30 help on housing dep't

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MANILA – A Negrense lawmaker yesterday appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to declare as urgent the bill creating a separate department for housing and urban development (DHUD).

In a statement he issued, Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ. 3 rd District), who also chairs the House committee on housing and urban development, said the bill is among the top legislative priorities that his committee has identified for immediate deliberation.

2 camps joining PDP Laban should be harmonious: Albee

Friday, September 16, 2016

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said there should be no political divide at this time, with members of the United Negros Alliance and Love Negros joining the ruling PDP Laban ( Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan) .

Courtesy of The Visayan Daily Star Facebook Page

Negros Occidental officials are set to take their oaths on October 1, while those of Negros Oriental did so in Dumaguete City yesterday (story on Oriental page).

Benitez, who joined the PDP Laban shortly after the May elections, was reacting to a question on whether both camps can exist harmoniously under one national political party.