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120 patients undergo surgery through Nikki Cares Mission




Friday, November 24, 2017
By Teresa D. Ellera

A TOTAL of 120 patients from the Third District of Negros Occidental will undergo surgical operations under The Nikki Cares Surgical Mission organized by Dominique “Nikki” Lopez Benitez, wife of Representative Alfredo Benitez.

The three-day mission started Thursday, November 23, at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, with the assistance of 81 doctors and nurses as well as health-related personnel of the Makati Medical Center.

‘We have the hospital, why we don’t use it?’ - Cong. Benitez



by Jun delos Reyes on Fri, 11/24/2017

“We have the hospital, why don’t we use it?”

That’s the question that needs a big answer, Congressman Alfredo ‘Albee’ Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental said, as he was surprised when he visited the two station Medical Wards with 11 rooms of Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital New Annex Building Extension. He noticed there were no beds, no equipment, no patients and even no doctors and nurses where the on-going Nikki Cares Surgical Mission (Nov. 23 to 25, 2017) in Silay City is being held.



BENITEZ AT PROV’L HOSPITAL. Congressman Alfredo ‘Albee’ Benitez (3rd District of Negros Occidental) with Medical Director Dr. Girlie Pinongan of Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital visit the patients at the Female Surgical Ward of Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Benitez: Federalism ‘Running Against Time’ Due To Heavy Congressional Agenda



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
November 23, 2017

Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez said, with both chambers of Congress currently handling several pending bills, along with impeachment proceedings for Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the time frame to discuss the transition to federalism continues to dwindle.

IN 3RD DISTRICT Mayors welcome Teach for the Philippines



on Sat, 11/18/2017



Rep. Alfredo Benitez (seated, center), with Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares, Victorias Mayor Wantan Palanca, TFP vice-chair Margarita Delgado, and Silay Mayor Mark Golez (seated, l-r); and (standing) councilors, education consultants, and DepEd representatives*

Nine teacher-fellows trained by Teach for the Philippines will immerse themselves in selected public schools in the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias, in the third district of Negros Occidental by June 2018, to help provide innovation and more productivity in the learning system to improve the performance of teachers and students, a press release from the Office of Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez said.

3rd District Mayors Welcome ‘Teach For The Philippines’



on Thu, 11/16/2017

By June 2018, nine teacher-fellows trained by Teach for the Philippines will immerse themselves in selected public schools in the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias in the Third District of Negros Occidental, to help provide innovation and more productivity in the learning system to improve performance of both teachers and students.

This was the initial agreement with the Mayors of Talisay, Silay and Victorias, with Teach for the Philippines vice-chairperson Margarita Delgado and Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez who attended the recent gathering of education stakeholders in Talisay City where TFP presented their flagship initiative, the Fellowship Program.

Negros Occidental 3rd District Mayors Sign Agreement with Teach for the Philippines



November 16, 2017

The mayors of third congressional district local government units Talisay City, Silay City, and Victorias City recently signed an agreement that would have teacher-fellows trained by Teach for the Philippines (TFP), a non-profit organization that works to expanding education across the country, working in local public schools.



(From left) Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares III, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Teach for the Philippines (TFP) Vice Chair Margarita Delgado, and Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez after signing an agreement to have TFP teacher-fellows work in local public schools.

Silay, Habitat ink housing project MOA



on Tue, 11/14/2017

Silay City Government and Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation, Inc. signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday for a multi-million housing project in Brgy. E Lopez, Silay City.

The MOA signed by Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez of Silay, and Michael Meaney, Managing Director of HHPF, covers the construction of an initial 100 units of cement-bamboo frame housing units in 10 months, with an estimated cost of about P45 million.

Third District Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, who is the chair of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, and Lili Fuentes, project director of Habitat, signed as witnesses.

Silay, Habitat for Humanity sign housing project deal




on Tue, 11/14/2017

Silay City Government and Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation, Inc. signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday for a multi-million housing project in Brgy. E Lopez, Silay City.



BACOLOD. The signing of the memorandum of agreement Monday between Silay City and Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation Inc. for the construction of a multi-million housing in Barangay E. Lopez was led by Mayor Mark Golez (seated, 3rd from right) and HHPFI Managing Director Michael Meaney (2nd from right), in the presence of Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd from left) and HHPFI project director Lili Fuentes (right) with Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (2nd from left) and Francisco Benitez (left). (Contributed Photo/Jujean Aboy)

Silay Gov't & Habitat for Humanity Sign MOA for Housing Project



on Tue, 11/14/2017

Silay City Government and Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation, Inc. signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday for a multi-million housing project in Brgy. E Lopez, Silay City.



MOA Signing: From right, Lili Fuentes and Michael Meaney of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Silay Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez, Cong. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson and Francisco Benitez holding signed the memorandum of agreement between Silay City and HHPFI. Standing behind are housing stakeholders and legislators of Silay City, Habitat, and I-HOME Bacolod.*

Solon eyes zero backlog in ‘Yolanda’ housing



November 10, 2017 at 11:10 am by Maricel Cruz and Bill Casas

THE chairperson of the House of Representatives’ committee on housing and urban development has urged the National Housing Authority to aim for zero backlog in housing units intended for families affected by Super Typhoon “Yolanda.”

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez, chairperson of the House of Representatives committee on housing, issued this after over 190,000 housing units were reported due for completion by next year for the families of “Yolanda” survivors who suffer the wrath of the strong typhoon in 2013.

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