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Negros as one federal state included in draft Charter




Tuesday, August 29, 2017
By MARCHEL P. ESPINA

THE House of Representatives is now working on the draft amending the Constitution to make way for the federal form of government strongly pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte.


Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez confirmed to SunStar Bacolod Monday, August 28, that the draft will include assigning Negros Island as one federal state, which is his proposal.

House panel okays redistribution of government housing units




By Jovee Marie de la Cruz - AUGUST 28, 2017

After the failed implementation of one of the biggest housing programs of the government, the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development has authorized the redistribution of thousands of housing units intended for soldiers and policemen.

This, after the housing committee has endorsed for plenary approval a measure authorizing the National Housing Authority (NHA) to distribute the unoccupied and unawarded government housing units to other qualified beneficiaries.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental, the panel chairman, said House Joint Resolution 11 was unanimously approved last week by members of his committee. The Senate version of the measure is still pending for approval.

House eyes approval of new PH federal constitution by November




Updated August 28, 2017, 10:23 AM
By Charissa M. Luci-Atienza

The four technical working groups (TWGs) of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments are eyeing the approval of the draft new Philippine Federal Constitution by November.

Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado, committee chairman, said the TWG members agreed to finish their work by November this year and submit the draft new Federal Constitution to the committee for final discussion and approval.

Duterte urged to prioritize mass housing



By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 28, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines -  A senior administration lawmaker has urged President Duterte to issue an executive order allowing the utilization of idle government lands for purposes of establishing on-site, in-city or near-city housing projects for the poor.

“An order from the Palace or a law authorizing the use of idle government lands in Metro Manila to put up in-city housing is a key to address the increasing housing backlog in the capital,” Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez said.

Economic highway gets P600M: solon



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

EB MAGALONA – The Bacolod Negros economic highway, which has been extended from Bacolod City to Victorias City, already has a budget of P600 million for its first phase of implementation by the Department of Public Works and Highway, Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), said yesterday.

Benitez said he was told by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar that he may increase the P600 million budget, which is already included the 2018 General Appropriations Act.

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

Draft of federal constitution underway at House of Representatives



By CNN Philippines Staff
Updated 08:08 AM PHT Thu, August 24, 2017

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 24) — President Rodrigo Duterte's promise — shifting to a federal form of government — is slowly taking shape as the House of Representatives created groups to draft a federal Constitution.

The House of Representatives Committee on Constitutional Amendments has created four technical working groups (TWGs) to draft the new Constitution, a statement from the committee on Wednesday said.

House creates TWGs to draft PH Federal Constitution


23-August-2017, 05:38:00 PM
SOURCE: House of Representatives Press and Public Affairs Bureau


The House committee on constitutional amendments today created four technical working groups (TWGs), composed of its members, which will draft the Philippine Federal Constitution.

Each of the four groups will handle specific areas to be covered in the drafting of the new Federal Constitution.

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