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IN TALISAY, North Negros Brigada to kick off Monday

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares will grace the launching of Brigada Eskwela 2017 at Inocencio V. Ferrer Memorial School of Fisheries in Talisay City on Monday, a government press release said.

Administrative officer Romeo Sanchez said the school will host the kick-off ceremony in the northern area of the province, to be participated in by all the Northern Negros Occidental area school representatives and stakeholders.


By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga on May 9, 2017

The administration Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has reserved a slot in its 2019 senatorial lineup for 3rd District Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson yesterday said.

Lacson, a stalwart of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and one of the leaders of local political bloc Love Negros, made the revelation when Capitol pressed him for a reaction to a possible gubernatorial matchup against Benitez in 2019.

Albee going for senator?

on Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Will Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez run for senator in 2019?

Benitez is currently on his third and last term as congressman of the third district of Negros Occidental.

His Love Negros ally, Acting Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, when asked if Benitez will run for governor of the province in 2019, said “I know for a fact that the congressman (Benitez) was given a slot for the Senate by no less than House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.”

Benitez has senate slot in Duterte’s party

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez was given a slot by the party of President Rodrigo Duterte should he decide to run for senator in the 2019 elections.

This was revealed Tuesday, May 9 by Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who said it was House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, secretary-general of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, who offered the senate slot to Benitez.

‘Private sector must help govt solve housing mess

By Jovee Marie de la Cruz - APRIL 30, 2017

The chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development said the government should now tap the help of private sector in addressing the country’s housing problems.

In Photo: A worker looks at the finished cluster of a housing project in Cavite. The row houses will be awarded to the informal settlers of Las Piñas City.

Rep. Alfredo B. Benitez of PDP-Laban Party-list said the government alone cannot solve the worsening housing problems of the Philippines.

Benitez noted that there are idle lands or properties which could be used as sites for government and private-sector socialized housing programs.

Lawmaker pushes audit of P5B housing budget


The House of Representatives will scrutinize the P5-billion annual budget for the government’s socialized housing program in light of the occupation of a government housing program in Pandi, Bulacan by members of Kadamay, according to Rep. Albee Benitez of Negros Occidental.

Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday inspected the housing units in Pandi that were originally intended for soldiers and policemen.

Solon calls for in-city, near-city housing program

Published April 27, 2017, 12:08 AM
by Ben Rosario

Congress will have to exercise its oversight powers to redirect government’s unsatisfactory housing and urban development program that is further threatened by the effects of the so-called Kadamay takeover of housing projects in Bulacan.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez lamented that while a P5-billion annual funding for socialize housing may not be sufficient to address the overall needs of the country, the money appeared to have been directed to implement housing projects that appear to have few takers.

‘Government housing program may collapse due to Kadamay precedent’

By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star)
Updated April 26, 2017 - 12:00am

PANDI, Bulacan , Philippines  – Lawmakers yesterday warned of the possible collapse of the government’s socialized and low-cost housing program after several beneficiaries refused to pay their monthly amortization to the National Housing Authority (NHA), citing the thousands of shelters given for free to members of a militant urban poor group.

Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito and Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez made the warning after inspecting the housing units here that have been illegally occupied by over 5,000 members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay).

Ejercito and Benitez chair the committees on housing and urban development in the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively, which are conducting a joint inquiry into the issue.

Albee sees win-win solution with Coke

on Wednesday, April 24, 2017

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said he expects sugar industry stakeholders and Coca-Cola to come up with a win-win solution soon.

Sugar industry stakeholders have declared a boycott on Coca-Cola products in protest against its use of High Fructose Corn Sugar as a substitute for domestically produces cane sugar.