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Sugarcane industry gets P1.4B for 2017

Friday, October 14, 2016

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said Thursday the reduced P2-billion sugarcane industry fund for next year was already addressed.

“We’re given P1.4 billion, which is short of P600 million from the P2 billion mandated appropriation. We had a gentleman’s agreement with the Department of Budget and Management and the House committee on appropriations that the P600 million balance will be added to 2018,” he said.

Benitez questions slashed sugarcane industry fund

Friday, September 16, 2016

NEGROS Occidental third district Representative Alfredo Benitez said he is seeking answers on the reduction in the P2-billion sugarcane industry fund for next year.

Instead of the P2-billion budget, only P1.562 billion was appropriated for 2017, Benitez said.

“By law, P2 billion is a mandatory appropriation that must be allocated for the sugarcane industry,” he pointed out.

House Speaker: ‘If DBM says no funds for NIR, let’s not force it’

Friday, September 16, 2016

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Thursday, September 15, that he will look into the possibility of including Negros Island Region in the 2017 appropriation of the National Government.

“I think the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) has expressed their reservation for the full implementation (of the executive order creating NIR), but it doesn’t mean we’re not going to totally implement (the EO),” he added.

Admin party wants unity for Unega, Love Negros

Friday, September 16, 2016

THE ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is working out the unity of two major political groups in Negros Occidental -- the United Negros Alliance (Unega) and Love Negros.

Unega is chaired by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., while Love Negros is led by third district Representative Alfredo Benitez and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.

Mayors in Negros Occidental 3rd district pledge better services

July 1, 2016

Three mayors in the Third District of Negros Occidental who took their oaths of office in separate ceremonies on Thursday pledged to provide better services to their constituents.

In Silay City, first term Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez vowed to work for the realization of their team’s campaign platform.

These include restoring peace and order by declaring an all-out war against drugs, achieve food sufficiency, and help food processors, landless workers, and informal settlers.

Golez, who took his oath before Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez, said that his administration also intends to establish a city college and improve existing schools as well as set up more government facilities like a public market.

JV, Albee lead signing of housing manifesto

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

SAN JUAN CITY -- Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito and Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez were among the officials who led the signing of the manifesto for the adoption of a viable housing policy agenda to address the country’s problems on housing and urban development.

BACOLOD. Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez (left) and Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito sign on Monday, April 4, the manifesto for the adoption of a viable housing policy agenda to address the country’s lack of homes for families. (Carla N. Cañet) see CREBA 24TH NATIONAL CONVENTION gallery

Ejercito and Benitez are the chairpersons of the Senate and House of Representatives committees on housing and urban development, respectively.