House Committee on Housing and Urban Development

House presents ‘best version’ of bill creating housing department

Published January 19, 2018, 12:07 AM
By Ben Rosario

After nearly three decades of futile bid to enact a bill establishing a Department of Housing and Urban Development, the House of Representatives has finally come up with what is considered the finest version of the many bills filed since 1989 for the creation of a government department that would address the worsening housing problem in the country.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, made this assurance as the Lower House launched Tuesday night the plenary debates for House Bill 6775 that consolidated five legislative proposals for the creation of the DHUD.

Lawmaker sustains push for creation of housing department

Thursday, January 18, 2018

NEGROS Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez continued to push for the creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development as he delivered his sponsorship remarks of House Bill 6775 on Wednesday.

The committee report on the bill described as “An Act Creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, Defining its Mandate, Powers and Functions, and Appropriating Funds Therefor” was submitted by the House committees on government reorganization, housing and urban development, and appropriations on December 11, 2017.

MARAWI AFTER THE WAR | Hopes of returning to life, dreams of a peaceful future

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez (text) and Bernard Testa (photos), InterAksyon | December 8, 2017, 11:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The chorus of tiny voices of a dozen children donned in colorful shirts rang inside the provincial capitol one afternoon.

They were singing Awit sa Marawi, a local composition by a Grade 5 student about the futility of wars and hopes for rebuilding. The singing became more spirited as a senator and foreign guests arrived. When the choir finished, the guests joined them and posed for photographs.

The city once bustled with life, but now most streets are quiet. Photo from Negros Occ. Rep. Albee Benitez.

Benitez shoos off corrupt contractors from Marawi rehab

Published December 7, 2017, 3:56 PM
By Ben Rosario

MARAWI CITY – The chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development on Thursday warned crooks behind the multi-million peso irregularities in the “super-typhoon Yolanda” housing projects to stay away from government reconstruction and rehabilitation program in this war-torn Mindanao locality.

Senior administration Rep. Albee Benitez (PDP-Laban, Negros Occidental) aired this warning as he asked the local government of Marawi City to submit the master plan for the city’s reconstruction, saying that a carefully laid urban design could make it the centerpiece of urban development.

Lawmaker: Public housing to solve ‘homelessness’ in PH

Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Carla N. Cañet

BACOLOD. Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez speaks at the 39th National Convention of the Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines Inc. at L’ Fisher hotel in Bacolod City Friday. (Carla N. Cañet)

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said the country is facing a serious problem on the lack of decent housing as 57 percent of the Filipinos are still homeless.

NegOcc solon notes housing crisis in PHL, cites solutions

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said he is banking on the creation of the Department of Housing to address what he calls a “housing crisis”, that is now being experienced in the country.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (8th from left) with officials of the Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines Inc., headed by Rhoniel Mercado, during their national convention in Bacolod City*

Benitez, chairperson of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, said yesterday that he hopes it will be passed by Congress next month, as it had been proposed 27 years ago yet.

House OKs bill on land expropriation for mass housing

By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 1, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a bill that will strengthen the government’s right to expropriate land for mass housing. 

House Bill 159 of Quezon City Rep. Christopher Belmonte got unanimous approval from the House plenary on Wednesday night. It allows expropriation of land even if the ownership issue is still under court litigation.

Contempo eyes 2 horizontal dev’ts

Monday, November 27, 2017

PROPERTY developer Contempo Property Holdings Inc. will launch more residential projects next year.

Beverly Dayanan, the firm’s chief executive officer, said over a thousand new house units will be added to Cebu’s housing inventory as she plans to add at least two horizontal projects, one each in the south and north of Cebu.