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Alvarez tells Negros: Vote 12-0 for Senate

Friday, October 06, 2017
Marchel P. Espina

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez asked the new members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to vote straight for the senatorial candidates of the administration party in 2019.

Alvarez, who administered the oath of about 12,000 Negrense members on Thursday in the cities of Bacolod and Victorias, sought the support of party members for the next senatorial elections.

Grant unoccupied housing units to homeless—House

posted October 06, 2017 at 12:01 am by Maricel Cruz

The House of Representatives has adopted a joint resolution granting the National Housing Authority the authority to award unoccupied and unassigned housing units previously reserved for uniformed personnel of the government to other qualified beneficiaries.

In a unanimous vote from 212 lawmakers, the House approved House Joint Resolution authored by Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez and several other members of the House committee on housing and urban development.

UNEGA Resolution for Coalition with PDP-Laban Passed

on Fri, 10/06/2017 by Jun delos Reyes

The Secretary General of the United Negros Alliance (UNEGA) Party, Board Member Salvador Escalante, Jr., handed a Resolution to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Secretary General, Pantaleon Alvarez, for the Proposed Coalition by and between the UNEGA and (PDP-Laban) for the purpose of pursuing common goals for the benefit of all the constituents of the Province of Negros Occidental.

Congressman Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, 3rd District Negros Occidental delivers his message and presented the more than 10,000 community leaders of the towns and cities of Negros Occidental to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of the House of Congress in support to PDB LABAN at the Basic Membership Seminar, Federalism Forum and Oathtaking Ceremony at the jampacked crowd at Victorias Coliseum, Victorias City, yesterday.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

House passes resolution giving NHA power to award unoccupied houses

Published October 5, 2017, 10:00 PM
By Ben Rosario

The House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a joint resolution that would grant the National Housing Authority (NHA) the power to award other qualified beneficiaries the thousands of unoccupied and unassigned housing units previously reserved for uniformed personnel of the government.

Voting 212 for and zero against, the Lower Chamber approved House Joint Resolution (HJR) No. 15 authored by Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez and several other members of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development that he chairs.

No Albee clash, Bong confirms

Thursday, October 5, 2017
By Gilbert Bayoran

Whatever his decision, there will be no clash.

This was also the response yesterday of Negros Occidental Vice-Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to the statement of Rep. Alfredo Benitez, who is being pushed by the mayors of the 3rd district of Negros Occidental, to run for governor in the 2019 elections.

Lacson, who already signified his intention to run for governor of Negros Occidental in the next local election, reiterated that he will remain with the Nationalist People's Coalition, despite the invitation for them to join the PDP-Laban of President Rodrigo Duterte.

11,500 joining PDP-Laban to boost federalism push

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
By Carla Gomez

About 11,500 political leaders in Negros Occidental will simultaneously take their oaths as members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakasng Bayan in Victorias and Bacolod cities tomorrow morning, Yves Akol, PDP Laban Negros Island secretary general, said yesterday.

The mass oathtaking is part of the push towards a federal form of government, he said.

PDP Laban national officials at the oathtaking will be led by party secretary general, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and treasurer, Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Clint Aranas, Akol said.

CCTVs for public places, establishments urged by solon

Updated October 2, 2017, 12:19 PM
By Charissa Luci-Atienza

A House leader proposes to require business establishments to install closed circuit television (CCTV) or video surveillance system to deter crimes and to protect lives and properties.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez filed House Bill (H.B.) 6381 calling for the installation of the CCTV cameras or video surveillance system in business establishments, public offices and facilities, public and private schools, parks, public markets, and major roads and intersections.

Benitez: No clash with Lacson in 2019

Monday, October 02, 2017
Marchel P. Espina

LOOKS like there won’t be a clash between Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez in the gubernational post in the 2019 elections.

The lawmaker said Sunday that “we will not run against each other.”

Benitez, who is on his third and final term, was included in the senatorial slate of the administration party in the next elections.

Decongesting Metro Manila

By Jovee Marie de la Cruz - October 1, 2017

Offices of national government agencies may soon inch their way out of Metro Manila to outlying regions, as a proposal for their relocation gains traction in the House of Representatives.

House Committee on Housing and Urban Development Chairman Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental said his panel has recently approved a substitute bill moving national government administrative offices from the National Capital Region (NCR) to the provinces.