The Visayan Daily Star

Politics heating up in Neg. Occ.



on Saturday, August 26, 2017
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Political realignments have started to shape up in Negros Occidental, more than a year before the 2019 elections.

Among the local candidates eyeing higher positions, are Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Himamaylan City Mayor Ernesto Agustin “Tinto” Bascon, who joined Rep. Alfredo Benitez, in an activity in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, yesterday.



Rep Alfredo Benitez and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Rep Alfredo Benitez(l-r, seated) with Himamaylan City Mayor Ernesto Agustin Bascon and Mayor Marvin Malacon in EB Magalona (l-r, standing).* Gilbert Bayoran photo

Albee targets 75T families for NOCHP



on Saturday, August 26, 2017
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

EB MAGALONA -Rep. Alfredo Benitez said yesterday that he is planning to increase the beneficiaries of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program in the 3rd district of Negros Occidental, to 75,000 families.



Mayor Marvin Malacon. Vice Gov Eugenio Jose Lacson. Abang Lingkod Rep.Stephen Paduano and Himamaylan City Mayor Ernesto Agustin Bascon, distribute NOCHP cards to beneficiaries in EB Magalona.* Gilbert Bayoran photo

IN SILAY School building inaugurated



on Saturday, August 19, 2017

The two-storey, 10-classroom building for Senior High School students of Barangay E. Lopez National High School in Silay City, Negros Occidental, donated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., through the efforts of Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) was inaugurated yesterday, a press release said.


Pagcor AVP Arnel Ignacio, DPWH’s Esther Miranda, Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Silay Vice Mayor Joedith Gallego, Silay Schools Superintendent Neri Anne Alibuyog, PTA president Editha Espida, Senior HS teacher-in-charge Ryan Garzon, Junior HS teacher-in-charge Rodeliza Abainza, kagawad Joseph Emong (l-r), and SSG president Russel Arevalo at the school inauguration*

NOCHP covers 7,067 EB Magalona families



on Monday, August 14, 2017
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN


The provincial government of Negros Occidental continues to provide comprehensive health care to Negrenses, with 7,067 families in EB Magalona having been added to its list of recipients.



Barangay Captain Rio Jemella welcomes the NOCHP staff during the distribution of heath cards to 628 of her constituents in Brgy Consing, EB Magalona.*

UNegA gears up for 2019 elections



on Thursday, August 10, 2017
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN


The United Negros Alliance (UNegA) is also gearing up for the 2019 elections, and its members are scheduled to have meeting this month.

Senior Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr said yesterday that UNegA may also field candidates for the gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial positions, as Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is now on his last term.

Benitez, Lacson meet, discuss 2019 poll plans



on Wed, 08/09/2017
By Carla P. Gomez

It looks like Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) is more likely to run for senator, paving the way for fellow Love Negros member, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, to go for the governorship in the 2019 polls.

Lacson confirmed yesterday that he and Benitez met over breakfast Friday.“There was an agreement but I cannot divulge any details,” he said.

House for 2018 brgy polls




Tuesday, August 8, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Majority of the members of the House of Representatives agreed in a caucus yesterday afternoon to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections set in October this year to May 2018, two Negros solons said.

They also agreed that the incumbent barangay officials elected in October 2013 will be retained in a holdover capacity, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) and Rep. Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod Partylist) said.

Benitez seeking return of P1.6B




Thursday, July 27, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The annual allocation for the sugar industry in the 2018 national budget is short  by P1 billion  as it does not include  funds for infrastructure, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday.



Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (2nd from left) with SRA Administrator Anna Rosario Paner, and Sugar Board members Roland Beltran and Hermenegildo Serafica (l-r) at the SRA-MDCC Summit yesterday*

AT SENATE: Tax reform package faces rough sailing




Wednesday, July 26, 2017
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

MANILA – The approval of tax reform package in full, including taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, as endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte, may face rough sailing in the Senate, although majority of its members are his allies.

Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and JV Ejercito, staunch supporters of the sugar industry, yesterday said that they will push for its amendments.

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