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FOR HOUSING, Victorias, Canetown ink pact



on Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Victorias City government and Canetown Development, a subsidiary of Victorias Milling Co., signed an agreement on the perpetual right to use of the 10-hectare land in Brgy. XIX-A, Victorias City, at the Mayor's Conference Room, yesterday, a press release from Victorias City Hall said.

The donated land will be used as a housing relocation site of the informal settlers within VMC and Daan Banwa.

Retirement pay for barangay officials, health workers pushed




Updated September 12, 2017, 3:44 PM
By Charissa Luci-Atienza

A House leader is calling on his colleagues to pass a bill seeking to provide retirement pay not only for barangay officials, but also for barangay tanods, health workers and Day Care workers.

Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez sought the creation of a Barangay Retirement Fund which shall be used to finance the retirement of barangay officials, barangay tanods, members of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, barangay health workers and Day Care workers.

‘Tulong Dunong’ grantees attend dialog




Monday, September 11, 2017

ABOUT 1,600 old and new grantees of the Tulong Dunong Program in the Third District of Negros Occidental attended an orientation and dialogue with Representative Alfredo Benitez on Saturday, September 9, at Silay City Plaza covered court.



BACOLOD. Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez (seated, left) and Silay City Mayor Mark Golez (standing, right) with the Tulong Dunong scholarship grantees during the orientation and dialogue and held Saturday. (Contributed Photo)

Cong. Albee in a Dialogue With Tulong- Dunong Grantees



on Monday, September 11, 2017


Mrs. Melina Monecillo of Barangay Lantad in Silay City, mother of an educational assistance beneficiary was not in the program but approached the organizers for a chance to thank Congressman Alfredo Benitez on stage. So Nanay Melina was called to say her brief pasalamat for the opportunity given her daughter, Angel who in 2015 graduated Cum Laude from STI-WNU with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Criminology.



Nanay Melina Monecillo of Barangay Lantad, Silay City, mother of a Tulong-Dunong grantee.

Sugar leaders ask 6-year moratorium on excise tax




Friday, September 08, 2017
By MARCHEL P. ESPINA

SUGAR industry leaders in Negros Occidental are seeking a six-year moratorium on the imposition of excise tax on sugar sweetened drinks.

This was announced by former vice governor Emilio Yulo III, spokesperson of Sugar Alliance of the Philippines, during the “Sugar and More” Negros Summit held Thursday, September 7, at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City.

Yulo, who also represented Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri in the gathering, said the committee report on the tax reform package will be released in the next few weeks.

‘Stronger actions’ for sugar industry




Friday, September 08, 2017
By MARCHEL P. ESPINA

LOCAL government officials in Negros Occidental are seeking stronger action from various stakeholders to strengthen the sugar industry amid the challenges it is facing.

During the “Sugar and MoreNegros Summit held Thursday, September 7, at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City, industry leaders and stakeholders agreed to submit resolutions to various agencies and institutions in the effort to strengthen measures.

‘Summit heralds start of new Negros'



on Friday, September 8, 2017
By Carla P. Gomez

Twenty-one resolutions were approved yesterday to ensure the survival of the country's sugar industry and to further boost the growth of Negros beyond its once mono-crop economy.

The resolutions were approved at the end of the “Sugar and More Negros Summit”attended by industry stakeholders and government officials at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City.


House panel sets probe on ‘Yolanda’ housing anomaly on Sept. 18



BY THE MANILA TIMES ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

THE House of Representatives has calendared an investigation on an alleged anomaly in a government housing project involving “billions of pesos” allegedly misused by a contractor hired by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to build homes for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” that hit most of the Visayas region four years ago.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental said in a text message on Thursday that the committee on housing and urban development, which he heads would conduct the inquiry starting on Sept. 18.

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