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Rep. Benitez to sue Yolanda contractor in Eastern Samar project for perjury



By News5-InterAksyon | September 26, 2017, 8:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Benitez is readying perjury charges against one of the contractors of housing projects in Eastern Samar for victims of typhoon Yolanda for using substandard materials.



Inspection of substandard construction in Typhoon Yolanda housing project.

Benitez said he will sue contractor Juanito Tayag of J.C. Tayag Builders, Inc. for denying in a committee hearing on September 18 that the materials used in the resettlement houses were not based on the specified requirements.

Solons to file charges vs. contractor of Yolanda housing project




Published September 26, 2017 4:06pm
By ERWIN COLCOL, GMA News

Lawmakers are poised to file charges against the contractor of a Yolanda housing project for allegedly making false statements over the supposedly snail-paced implementation of housing relocation and resettlement for typhoon victims in Eastern Visayas.

In a press conference, House Committee on Housing and Urban Development Alfredo Benitez said Juanito Tayag, the owner of J.C. Tayag Builders Inc., committed perjury when he stated under oath that his company used 10-millimeter steel bars instead of 8-mm steel bars in the construction of the houses.

Kaso vs contractor ng Yolanda housing sa Samar, ihihirit ng ilang kongresista



ABS-CBN News
Posted at Sep 26 2017 12:24 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2017 12:25 PM

MANILA - Dapat sampahan ng kasong kriminal ang JC Tayag Builders, contractor ng 2,000 pabahay para sa mga nasalanta ng Bagyong Yolanda, iginiit Martes ng ilang miyembro ng House Committee on Housing and Urban Development.

Una nang ibinulgar ng ilang whistleblower sa pagdinig ng Kamara na substandard umano ang mga materyales na ginamit ng JC Tayag Builders.

Sa isang press conference, ipinakita nina congressmen Albee Benitez, Ben Evardone at DV Savellano ang mga litratong nakuha sa site inspection ng mga pabahay.

Access to water, electricity delayed housing for victims of ‘Yolanda’ – Benitez




Published September 20, 2017, 10:01 PM
By Ben R. Rosario

Access to water and electrical services has been pinpointed as among the factors that caused the delay in the implementation of housing relocation and resettlement projects for victims of typhoon Yolanda four years ago in Leyte and Samar.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, said the irregularities in the construction of housing units have been aggravated by lack of access to water and electrical facilities for the thousands of typhoon victims in Eastern Samar and Leyte.

9,000 Local Officials to Take Oath Under Ruling PDP-LABAN



on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It seems like the upcoming oath-taking of about 9,000 local officials in Negros Occidental into the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP LABAN) on October 5 at the Victorias City Coliseum will be a consolidation of support for Representative Alfredo Benitez’ (3rd district) 2019 senatorial bid.

Benitez said, there is an ongoing mass oath taking of PDP-Laban members all over the country and the activity on October 5 will be part of the party’s recruitment.

Sugar Alliance to Back New SRA Chief



on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP) has vowed to support Hermenegildo Serafica, the newly appointed head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).

Lawyer Emilio Yulo, spokesperson of the SAP yesterday said that while he has not yet an official confirmation of the appointment of Serafica by President Rodrigo Duterte to the SRA, “we welcome the development especially with the opening of the new milling season.”

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