The Visayan Daily Star

Kapitan Ramon moves on



Wednesday, February 21, 2018
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Almost three years after former barangay chairman Noel Ayalin was meted 220 years imprisonment for the massacre of barangay officials in Brgy. Kapitan Ramon, Silay City, on March 6, 2011, the survivors and families of the victims have moved on, after attaining justice, incumbent barangay captain Ramon Celebre said yesterday.

Celebre, who gave the welcome remarks during the distribution ofthe Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Care cards to more than 100 recipients in Brgy. Kapitan Ramon, Silay City, yesterday, said they are planning to put up a marker at the massacre site.

Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia Irrigation Facilities Turnover



Tuesday, February 20, 2018



TURNOVER. The National Irrigation Administration-Negros Occidental Irrigation Management Office turned over irrigation facilities to the Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia Farmers-Irrigators Association, headed by president Danilo Morales and vice-president Marlon Cosadio, and the signing of documents recently was led by Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Negros Occ. Vice-Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Mayor Gerry Rojas, and Barangay Captain Hernan Alintana, with NIA acting division manager Isaias Melendez, and Dr. Francisco Benitez*

Lobby urged for 1-Negros federal state



BY CARLA GOMEZ
Saturday, February 17, 2018

The lone Negrenseon the 19-member committee created by President Rodrigo Duterteto review the 1987 Constitution yesterday said he will work hard to ensure that Negros Occidental and Oriental remain under one state in the country's shift towards federalism.

Arthur Aguilar said it is important that Negrenses from all sectors make their positions heard on the two Negros provinces staying together under one state. They should lobby for what they believe is best, he said.

Benitez leads dialog on irrigation program



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) led the presentation and consultation on the Malogo River Irrigation Program of the National Irrigation Administration, with stakeholders in the cities of Victorias and Silay, and the municipality of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental Monday, a press release from his office said.

He cited the five-point benefits of irrigation, namely to boost agricultural productivity, for flood mitigation, a source of potable water, as power component, and for eco-tourism.

Silay gets 546 Habitat houses



Friday, January 19, 2018
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation Inc. is building 546 earthquake and storm-proof homes for informal settlers in Brgy. E Lopez, Silay City, Negros Occidental, that are being targeted to be completed in 36 months.

Habitat for Humanity Asia-Pacific Area Vice-President, Rick Hathaway, said yesterday that they will use an engineered bamboo-design, which is earthquake resilient, and could survive anything that can happen in the community.

Hathaway, who led the groundbreaking yesterday of the multi-million disaster resilient housing project at the Bonbon Phase 3 resettlement site in Brgy. E. Lopez, Silay City, said the construction of the 546 homes, will be done in phases, with 86 housing units to be initially constructed.

The groundbreaking was also attended by local government officials led by Silay Mayor Mark Golez. Dominique “Nikki” Lopez-Benitez represented her husband, Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), who chairs the House committee on Housing and Urban Development.

Groundbreaking for Habitat for Humanity Project in Silay City Today



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation Inc. and the Silay City government will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. today, to start the construction of the multi-million disaster-resilient housing project at the Bon Bon Phase 3 Resettlement Site in Brgy. E Lopez., a press release said

Habitat's Vice President for Asia Pacific Rick Hathaway, Managing Director Michael Meaney, and Project Director Lily Fuentes will join Silay Mayor Mark Golez at the groundbreaking rites.

Another Benitez for congressman



Friday, December 22, 2017
By BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The election fever is on, more than a year before the May 2019 elections.

Dr. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez, younger brother of Rep. Alfredo Benitez, was formally endorsed yesterday as a congressional candidate in the 2019 elections during the Asenso Metro 3rd general assembly in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, that was attended by about 22,000 supporters, as reported by organizers.




Dr. Francisco " Kiko" Benitez (right) leads the pledge of commitment to call to duty with Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson,Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano, AbangLingkod Rep Stephen Paduano, Rep. Alfredo Benitez ( 1 st , 3 rd ,4 th , 6 th , 7 th , 10 th , 12 th , 13 th and 14 th from left) and four of the five vice mayors of the district, except for EB Magalona.* ( Gilbert P. Bayoran photo )

Silay-Victorias highway gets P800M



Thursday, December 21, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The economic highway being built from Silay City to Victorias City is expected to be almost totally completed next year with about P800 million allocated for 2018, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said yesterday.

With its completion, he said, travel time from Bacolod City to Victorias will only be 17 minutes.

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