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NHA to rebid P800-m ‘Yolanda’ housing project



posted October 11, 2017 at 12:01 am by Maricel Cruz

The government will rebid the allegedly anomalous P800-million housing projects intended for Yolanda victims, a National Housing Authority official told lawmakers on Tuesday.

At a congressional hearing conducted by the joint House committees on housing and urban development and on good government and public accountability, chaired by Reps. Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental and Johnny Pimentel of Surigao del Sur, NHA assistant general manager Froilan Kampitan said the rebidding of the contract was needed to fast-track the implementation of the “Yolanda” housing projects which said to have used substandard construction materials.

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.

‘Fast-track housing for Yolanda victims’



posted September 03, 2017 at 12:01 am by Mel Caspe

TACLOBAN CITY—Rep. Albee Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, has urged the government to fast-track the construction and completion of permanent houses for the victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” during the committee’s public hearing in the municipality of Hernani and this city.



Rep. Alfredo ‘Albee’ B. Benitez (fourth from left), chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, and Rep. Ben P. Evardone of the Lone District of Eastern Samar, lead the Public Hearing on House Resolution No. 599 on Friday at the Community Center in Tacloban City. Mel R. Caspe

House bloc seeks freeze on petrol tax



May 19, 2017 by Maricel Cruz

THE 42-strong Visayan congressmen on Thursday sought an automatic suspension of the implementation of the proposed six-peso tax on petroleum products to shield consumers from the adverse effects of higher fuel prices.

Negros Oriental Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez, head of the Visayan Bloc in the House of Representatives, said the main objective of Congress was “to protect consumers.”