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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.

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.

Cong. Albee Joins Public Consultation on Malogo River Irrigation Project



on Wed, 10/26/2016

Recognizing the vital role of irrigation in agricultural development, Cong. Albee Benitez joined the Public Scoping Session for the Malogo River Irrigation Project conducted by the National Irrigation Administration together with the Schema Konsult, Inc. last October 21, 2016 at the Natalio Velez Sports & Cultural Center in Silay City.

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 area covering five barangays in Silay (Hawaiian, E. Lopez, Guinhalaran, Lantad, Bagtic) and six barangays in E.B. Magalona (Alicante, Cudangdang, Mantaangan, Pasil, Sto. Niño, Tanza).

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.

Sen. Bam, Cong. Albee Visit Murcia



on Fri, 10/21/2016

Bringing government closer to people and the people closer to government.

This was the case when Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino and Congressman Alfredo “Albee” Benitez visited Barangay Alegria in Murcia yesterday (October 20) for a dialogue at the Alegria Elementary School to get a first hand brief of the state of the public elementary and high schools in the area.



Sen. Bam Aquino and Cong. Albee Benitez, 3rd District-Negros Occ. at the Alegria Elementary School in Barangay Alegria, Murcia - in a dialogue with municipal, barangay and school representatives while inspecting classrooms.*

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.

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.

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