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Burial aid ‘game changer' launched

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 17:36



BY CARLA GOMEZ
on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez yesterday launched a program that will provide P10,000 in burial assistance toindigents in the third district of Negros Occidental, which is estimated to cost about P30 million annually.

Benitez, who just returned from a two-week course on “Leadership in Developing Countries” at Harvard University in the United States, led the launching of the Asenso Metro 3 rd Burial Assistance Program, along with the mayors of the third district, at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City.

The congressman and mayors Francis Palanca of Victorias, Marvin Malacon of EB Magalona, Mark Golez of Silay City, Neil Lizares of Talisay City,and Andrew Montelibano of Murcia signed a memorandum of understanding that sets the program for two years from July 2017 to July 2019.

The program will be funded by the LGUs with a counterpart from his congressionaloffice, that will also help LGUs access national funds, Benitez said. Several funeral parlors have agreed to provide a P10,000 complete funeral services package for the deceased, he added.

Under the program, P10,000 will be given to the family of a deceased person who is not a member of the Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System or any private insurance.

If the deceased is a member of the GSIS, SSS or any private insurance, P5,000 will be given to his or her family.

The funds will be paid directly to the funeral parlors, he added.

Initially, the program is for indigents but if there is enough resources to give everyone, that will probably be covered in the next phase, Benitez said.

“This will really be a game changer in the delivery of service to the people,” Benitez said.

The mayors, in turn, thanked Benitez for institutionalizing the burial assistance program.

Palanca said they have been implementing a similar program in VictoriasCity for four years already on the initiative of Benitez. In the past they used to give about P1,000 to P2,000 in burial assistance but it was not enough and the bereaved ended up victims of loan sharks, he added.

Malacon said the resources of EBMagalonaare very meager, when he assumed the mayorship they could only give about P2,000 in assistance so raising the amount to P10,000 will be a big help.

Lizares said the local government's being able to counterpart with the congressman on the burial assistance will be a big help to his constituents.

Murcia Vice Mayor Gerardo Rojas said in Murcia they have been giving a maximum of P2,000 in burial assistance so the program launched yesterday will be a big help to bereaved families.*CPG

 

Mayors back Albee for guv

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 17:33


Brother of Benitez eyed for  congressman in 3rd district 



BY CARLA GOMEZ
on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The mayors of the third district of Negros Occidental and a partylist congressman yesterday said they will support Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) should he opt to run for governor in 2019.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is on his last term, had also said earlier he would support Benitez should he run for governor or senator in 2019. Both the governor and Benitez belong to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakasng Bayan party of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Benitez, however, said he is weighing all options.

He pointed out that House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez has announced that he would like him to be included in the senatorial line up for 2019.

Benitez wouldnot confirm if his brother Dr. Francisco Benitez, Philippine Women's University president, will run for the third congressional seat that he will vacate.

His brother is being considered but has yet to be convinced to go for the post.“Give him time to think about it first,” he said.

“But before anything else, the first consideration is if he is accepted by the people of the third district, it is not just because he carries the Benitez name,” the congressman said.

Benitez also said his son cannot run for congressman because he is under age.

The third district mayors and Rep. Stephen Paduano (AbangLingkod) aired their support for Benitez at a press conference at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City for the launching of the Asenso Metro 3 rd District Burial Assistance Program.

Victorias Mayor Francis Palanca said they are happy with the performance of Benitez as their representative in the third district, he would make a good governor for Negros Occidental.

Mayors Mark Golez of Silay City, Marvin Malacon of EB Magalona, Neil Lizares of Talisay and Andrew Montelibano of Murcia and his Vice Mayor Gerardo Rojas also said they will support Benitez for governor of Negros Occidental.

Paduano said he will support Benitez in whatever post he chooses to run for – be it senator or governor.

Benitez said the problem of Negros Occidental is more than we all think, “Some people are calling the sugarcane industry as the next tobacco industry, in otherwords, sort of a sunset industry.”

“So until we can diversify, Negros is still not in good shape,” he said.

Benitez said he and Gov. Marañon have a lot in common in looking at programs needed by the province, citing the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program.

Benitez said he has not met with Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco who heads the Nationalist People's Coalition on Negros politics since he is now a member of PDP Laban.

He said the officials present at his presscon yesterday will be his mayoralty bets for 2019. He apparently was also referring to Murcia Vice mayor Gerry Rojas since Mayor Montelibano is on his third and last term.*CPG

 

99% chance no brgy polls in October

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 17:24



BY CARLA GOMEZ
on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

There is a 99 percent chance that the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October will be postponed, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) , said yesterday.

“The majority's sentiment in Congress is to have the elections postponed,”he said.

What needs to be deliberated on is the desire to appoint public officials, which is a little bit ticklish, Benitez said.

“Personally I feel that is better that we have holdover barangay officials,” he added.

The Senate also does not want barangay officials to be appointed if the elections are postponed, Benitez added.

He said that when Congress resumes on July 24 he is sure the elections will be taken up, there is still enough time to postpone the polls, he said.*CPG

3rd District mayors support Benitez for guv

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:44




By TERESA D. ELLERA
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

ALL five mayors in the Third District of Negros Occidental are pushing for Representative Alfredo Benitez to be the successor of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. in 2019.

The endorsement was made on Monday, July 3, by Talisay Mayor Nilo Jesus Antonio Lizares III Lizares, Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, E.B. Magalona Mayor Marlon Malacon, and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano during a press conference at Nature's Village Hotel in Talisay.

The occasion was the launching of the “Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance: Tabang sa Kalisod” program.

“I cannot say yes or no. I still have to think the options available for me. Let’s see as there are others who have suggested that I should run for a higher position,” Benitez said.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has offered Benitez a slot in the senatorial line-up of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in the 2019 elections.

Benitez said there are still a lot of things to weigh before he makes a decision.

“It is not an easy decision. Winning is not the only thing that should be look at. My constituents want me to be near them so I can be accessible to them,” he said.

Benitez pointed out that “the problem of Negros is bigger than we all think.”

“Some are calling the sugar industry as the next tobacco industry or a sunset industry. Until we can diversify, Negros is still not in good shape,” he said.

Benitez, who leads the Visayan Bloc in Congress, will end his three terms as congressman in 2019.

Marañon, who is on his third and final term, had assured Benitez of the United Negros Alliance’s support if he decides to run for governor in 2019.

Benitez also said that his brother, Dr. Francisco Benitez, president of Philippine Women’s University, is being considered to succeed him in the district.

“Nobody wants to enter politics in my family. Before anything else, whether it is family or anyone what is important is that they will be accepted by the people of the district. Not just because he carries my family name, he can easily get a seat. The next congressman should perform better than me. What should be considered is his or her capacity and skills,” he added.

Abang Lingkod Representative Stephen Paduano said he prefers the congressman to run for senator.

“Personally, I would advise him to run for a higher position for the sake of Negros and for himself,” he added.

Talisay, Murcia cagers rule Albee Cup

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 16:28



on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

After splitting top honors in men and women's volleyball, Talisay and Murcia went on to share the limelight in the basketball finals of the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sportsfest.

The Talisay cagers, led by Mayor Niel Lizares, beat Victorias City cagersin the finals of the 40 Updivision to bag the championship, while Murcia streaked past Talisay in the 39 Below category to claim the title. The Murcia basketeers finished second runner-up in the 40 Up.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) watched the basketball finals at the Victorias City Gym and with his younger brother, Dr. Francisco Benitez, awarded the trophies to the champion teams.

Joined by elected officials in the third district, the third edition of the Inter-LGU sportsfest was organized to foster camaraderie among public servants in the cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay and the twons of E.B. Magalona and Murcia.

Elected officials from mayors, vice-mayors, councilors, barangay captains and barangay councilmen saw action in the tournament which kicked off in May in Silay City.*NAB

There is a 99 percent chance that the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October will be postponed, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) , said yesterday.

“The majority's sentiment in Congress is to have the elections postponed,”he said.

What needs to be deliberated on is the desire to appoint public officials, which is a little bit ticklish, Benitez said.

“Personally I feel that is better that we have holdover barangay officials,” he added.

The Senate also does not want barangay officials to be appointed if the elections are postponed, Benitez added.

He said that when Congress resumes on July 24 he is sure the elections will be taken up, there is still enough time to postpone the polls, he said.*CPG

BENITEZ ON THE FIRST YEAR UNDER DUTERTE: VERY GOOD

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 15:38



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
July 4, 2017

Following one year with President Rodrigo Duterte in office, Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez said he has been “very good” as chief executive.

In a press conference yesterday, Benitez lauded the president for improving relations with China and welcomed Duterte’s strategic partnership with Russia.

“He is the only president to have established very good ties with China,” he said.

In terms of reducing crime, Benitez said the administration was also very successful, citing reduced crime rates throughout the nation.

However, he expressed concern over the administration’s economic package, or “Dutertenomics,” describing it as a “good plan” but would reserve further comment until after implementation.

Benitez hopes the president explains the implementation process during next month’s State of the Nation Address./WDJ

ALBEE FOR GUV IN ‘19? PADUANO WANTS NEGRENSE SENATOR

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 15:03



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
July 4, 2017

The five mayors of the Negros Occidental third congressional district publicly endorsed their local representative, Alfredo Benitez, for governor in 2019.

Victorias City Mayor Frederick Palanca, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares, and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano all said they would support him if he declares a gubernatorial run.

The congressman, however, who is in his third and final term, would not give a definitive answer on his 2019 intentions.

Back in March, incumbent Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr., who is also in his third and final term, called Benitez “one of the good bets” for governor.

Earlier, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez considered Benitez as a possible senatorial candidate, with the congressman responding, “There are still a lot of things to weigh in before a decision is made.”

When asked whom he will field to fill his congressional seat, Benitez said nobody in his family has intentions of entering politics.

Abang Lingkod Party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano, meanwhile, revealed he would prefer Benitez follow the advice of the speaker and run for Senate.

“The problem of Negros is bigger than we all think,” Paduano said. “Negros is still not in good shape.”/WDJ

POLITICS SIMMERS EARLY IN NEGROS OCC. – 3rd district mayors endorse Albee for guv

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 08:00



By Dolly Yasa
on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

BACOLOD City – Midterm election is two years away but five mayors in the 3rd district of Negros Occidental believe that the early bird catches the worm.

This, as Mayors Frederick Palanca of Victorias City, Marvin Malacon of EB Magalona, Mark Golez of Silay City, Mayor Neil Lizares of Talisay City and Andrew Montelibano of Murcia all endorsed 3rd district Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez to replace Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

The mayors expressed their support during the signing of a memorandum of agreement on the Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance Program at the Nature’s Resort and Restaurant, July 3, 2017.

The burial assistance is one of Benitez’s programs for the 3rd district.

Benitez, who is serving his last 3-year term, sounded coy when asked for his reaction.

“I cannot say yes or no. Let us see. There are others who have suggested that I run for another position,” he said, reiterating his earlier statement that House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez offered him a slot in the senatorial lineup of the ruling PDP-Laban in the 2019 polls.

Benitez said there are “a lot of things to weigh before a decision is made.”

“It is not an easy decision. Winning is not the only thing that should be looked at,” he said.

Benitez confirmed that his constituents “want me to be near them so I can be accessible to them.”

But Abang Lingkod partylist Rep. Stephen Paduano, a close ally of Benitez, said he prefers the congressman to run for senator.

Paduano also affirmed the endorsement of the 3rd district mayors for Benitez to run for governor.

“Personally I would advise him to run for a higher position for the sake of Negros and for him,” Paduano said.

Benitez said that the problem of Negros “is bigger than we all think.”

“Some are calling the sugar industry as the next tobacco industry or a sunset industry. Until we can diversify, Negros is still not in good shape,” he said.

Pressed on his successor in the third district, Benitez said “nobody in my family wants to enter politics.”

But he confirmed that his brother Dr. Francisco B. Benitez, Philippine Women’s University president, is being considered to replace him.

“Before anything else, whether it is family or anyone, what is important is that they will be accepted by the people of the district. Just because he carries my family name, he can easily (win the) seat. The next congressman should perform better than me. What should be considered is his or her capacity and skills,” he added.

When asked if he has discussed the matter with Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who is also being groomed as a possible gubernatorial candidate, Benitez said he has not discussed the 2019 polls with the former.

Benitez and Lacson are stalwarts of Love Negros Team, a coalition of political leaders in the 2016 elections.

Albee Endorsed for Governor in ‘19

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:43



on Tue, 07/04/2017
By Eugene Y. Adiong / Photo Jun de los Reyes

In an overwhelming display of support, all the five mayors of the third district of Negros Occidental publicly endorsed Rep. Alfredo Benitez for governor in 2019.



The signing of MOU and formal launcing of “Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance Program Tabang sa Kalisod” program of Congressman Alfredo ‘Albee’ Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental were witnessed by Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano, Talisay City Mayor Jesus Antonio Neil E. Lizares III, Rep. Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod Party List, Victorias City Mayor Frederick Wantan Palanca, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez and E.B. Magalona Town Mayor Marvin Malacon. The ceremony was held at Natures Village Resorts, Hotel and Restaurant in Talisay City yesterday.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Victorias Mayor Frederick Palanca, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano each aired their support for Benitez if he decides to take over the post to be vacated by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is on his final term.

“I cannot say yes or no. Let us see. There are others who have suggested that I ran for another position,” the Congressman said, reiterating his earlier statement that House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has offered him a slot in the senatorial line-up of the PDP-Laban in the next elections.

Benitez said that there area still “a lot of things to weigh before a decision is made.”

“It is not an easy decision. Winning is not the only thing that should be look at,” he said.

He confirmed that his constituents wants me to be near them so I can be accessible to them.

However, for close Benitez ally Abang Lingkod Rep. Stephen Paduano said he prefers the congressman to run for senator.

“Personally, I would advise him to run for a higher position for the sake of Negros and for him,” Paduano said.

Benitez said that the problem of Negros “is bigger than we all think.”

“Some are calling the sugar industry as the next tobacco industry or a sunset industry. Until we can diversify, Negros is still not in good shape,” he said.

Pressed if who he will endorse as his successor as congressman for the third district, Benitez said, “nobody in my family wants to enter politics.”

When the name of his brother Dr. Francisco B. Benitez, Philippine Women’s University president was mentioned, he confirmed that he is being considered.

“Before anything else, whether it is family or anyone, what is important is that they will be accepted by the people of the district. Just because he carries my family name, he can easily sit. The next congressman should perform better than me. What should be considered is his or her capacity and skills,” he added.

“We have not formally talked about 2019,” Benitez said.*(Eugene Y. Adiong)

 

NOCHP serves 250,987, P134M spent for indigents

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:01



BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

KABANKALAN CITY - The Negros Occidental provincial government, through its Comprehensive Health Program, has spent P134.2 million for medicines and hospital expenses of 250,987 patients, who are beneficiaries of the program, as of May 31, this year, its reports show.



Ma. Mina Pellejo, NOCHP head, and Barangay Captain Arthur Villaflor, distributed health cards to 1,546 recipients in Brgy. Tampalon, Kabankalan City,yesterday.*

The 227,468 NOCHP member-families, with estimated number of beneficiaries of 1,137,340 , in all the six districts of Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod City, are expected to increase, as the provincial government is aiming to hit its target of 250,000 members by yearend.

A team of NOCHP headed by Ma. Mina Pellejo distributed health cards to 350 members in Brgy. Canturay, Sipalay City, on Sunday, and to 1,546 more members yesterday in Brgy.Tampalon, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

NOCHP members and their dependents are entitled to free hospitalizations in all district hospitals of Negros Occidental, with the health program already institutionalized by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to ensure its continuity by his successors.
Since the program started in September 2010, the health care program has already served 219,615 out-patients and 31,372 in-patients, NOCHP records further showed.

The 3rd district of Negros Occidental remains with the highest number of family-enrollees recorded at 58,502; 6th district – 51,130; 2nd district – 45,669; 4th district – 31,747; 5th district – 21,739 and 18,861 in the 1st district of the province.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez had announced earlier that his 3rd district office has intensified registration of qualified members for the NOCHP to allow residents in far-flung upland and coastal barangays to avail of the health services.

The 3rd district, with highest number of family-enrollees, as expected, also posted the highest number of availments, with 81,123 patients had being served.

The NOCHP team is also scheduled to distribute NOCHP cards in Brgy. Binicuil and other neighboring barangays in Kabankalan City tomorrow, with more barangays in other districts of the province being lined up.*

Talisay, Murcia capture Albee Cup volley titles

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:51




By Henry G. Doble
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TOP-RANKED Talisay City men’s spikers and Murcia’s volleybelles took the titles of Albee Cup volleyball tournament on Sunday, June 25, in Victorias City.

The Talisaynons swept E. B. Magalona in three sets, 25-17, 25-17, 25-14 while Murcia placed third with a 31-29, 25-12 victory over Victorias.

Murcia lady spikers snatched the title via a 27-25, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-13 hard fought battle going to the distance. Silay City grabbed the third spot with a 25-14, 25-10 domination of Victorias City.

Chosen most valuable players were Remo Banhao of Talisay in the men's category and Ailene Nepomuceno of Murcia in the distaff side.

It was heartbreaking for E. B. Magalona failing to take a title, but it will motivate this town, noted for its athletes in Dragonboat competition, to strive more in next year’s program of Congressman Albee Benitez.

This event fortified the physical and mental toughness of government employees and built strong relationship among the local government units in the Third District of Negros Occidental.

3rd Albee Cup Talisay City, Murcia Capture Volleyball Titles

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:42



By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
June 27, 2017

Talisay City and Murcia were victorious in the Albee Cup Volleyball Tournament, winning the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, with both sides defeating teams representing EB Magalona.

Talisay City won in straight sets, while it took Murcia five sets to claim the championship.

Remo Banhao of Talisay City was named “Most Valuable Player” on the men’s side, while Ailene Nepomuceno of Murcia took the honor on the ladies’ side./WDJ

Talisay, Murcia spikers capture title in 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sporfest

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:50



on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Talisay City and Murcia town split top honors in volleyball during the championship round of the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sportsfest held in Victorias City during the weekend.

It was a heartbreaking weekend for the E.B. Magalona spikers as its men’s volleyball team bowed to Talisay in straight sets, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-14, while its lady spikers yielded to Murcia in a five-set thriller, 25-27, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 13-15.

Murcia placed third in the men’s group by beating Victorias, 31-29, 25-12, while Silay won the battle for third in the women’s department also against Victorias, 25-14, 25-10.

Remo Banaho of Talisay was named most valuable players in men’s volleyball and Ailene Nepomuceno of Murcia received the award in the distaff side.

Victorias failed to advance to the finals after dropping their semi-final match-ups against Talisay and Murcia, respectively.

Talisay secured the final seat with a 25-11; 27-25 win against Victorias while Murcia women spikers prevailed in three sets.

The Murciahanons almost made it also in the men’s final round but E.B. Magalona blocked their way with a 25-7; 19-25; and 17-25 victory in the semi-finals.

E.B. Magalona also stopped Silay in the women’s semifinals, 25-11; 25-19.

Organized by the congressional office of third district Rep. Albee Benitez, the inter-LGU competition aims to fortify the physical and mental toughness of government employees and to build a strong relationship among the local government units in the dstrict.*

Talisay, Murcia Win Albee Cup Volley Titles

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:53



on Tue, 06/27/2017

Top-ranked Talisay City men’s spikers and Murcia’s volleybelles won the titles of Albee Cup volleyball tournament on Sunday in Victorias City.

The Talisaynons swept EB Magalona in three sets with 25-17, 25-17, 25-14; while Murcia placed third with a 31-29, 25-12 victory over Victorias.

Murcia lady spikers snatched the title via a 27-25, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-13 hard fought battle going to the distance. Silay City grabbed the third spot with a 25-14, 25-10 domination of Victorias.

Chosen most valuable players were Remo Banhao of Talisay in the men’s category and Ailene Nepomuceno of Murcia in the distaff side.

It was heartbreaking for EB Magalona failing to take a title but it will motivate this town, noted for its athletes in Dragonboat competition, to strive more in next year’s program of Congressman Albee Benitez.

This event fortified the physical and mental toughness of government employees and built strong relationship among the local government units in the 3rd District.*

 

 

 

Twin wins for EBM in Albee Cup semis

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:24




Monday, June 26, 2017

TOP-RANKED Talisay City beat host Victorias City, 25-11; 27-25 and Murcia did the same in three sets over Victorias distaff side on Saturday, June 24, in the semifinals of Albee Cup volleyball tournament.

E.B. Magalona proved steadier as its men’s squad mauled Murcia, 17-25; 25-19; 25-17 and its women’s side stopped Silay City, 25-11; 25-19 to figure in the championship in both categories.

Tournament commissioner Edgar Espares said winners of the crossover semifinals dispute the title on Sunday in Victorias City.

The event aims to fortify the physical and mental toughness of government employees and building strong relationship among the local government units in the Third District of Negros Occidental. (HGD)

3rd Albee Cup Talisay City Leads Men’s Basketball, EB Magalona Ahead In Ladies’ Volleyball

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:21



June 21, 2017

Following the conclusion of the fourth week of the ongoing Albee Cup, most recently hosted by the municipality of EB Magalona, the host city finds themselves ahead of the pack in ladies’ volleyball, while Talisay City leads in men’s basketball.

EB Magalona beat Victorias City in ladies’ volleyball. The latter followed up the loss with a win over Silay City. On the men’s side, Silay City lost to both EB Magalona and Talisay City.

In the 39-and-below men’s basketball division, Silay City continued seeing defeat, losing to Murcia, Victorias City, Talisay City, and EB Magalona.

The teams next head to Victorias City for the fifth week, scheduled from June 24 to 25.

The championship playoffs are set to take place from July 1 to 2 at the Victorias Coliseum./WDJ

Talisay, EB Magalona frontrunners in Albee Cup Inter-LGU tournament

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:56



on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Team Talisay remains a force to reckon with as they dominate the basketball and men’s volleyball, while the E.B. Magalona women’s volleyball teams surged to the top during the 4th weekend of the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Tournament hosted by E.B. Magalona.



EB Magalona team with Mayor Marvin Malacon and Dr. Francisco Benitez (3rd and 4th from left).*

Silay men’s spikers suffered twin losses to EBM and Talisay in volleyball games held at the Barangay Tabigue Covered Court. In the women’s category, EBM beat Victorias but the latter bounced back with a win against Silay.

In basketball 39-below, played at the Wilkinson Gym, Silay lost to Murcia and Victorias, while Talisay beat Silay. The Silaynons also absorbed another basketball defeat in the hands of the host team.

Victorias City will host the 5th weekend games on June 24 and 25.

Championship play-offs are schedule July 1 and 2 at the Victorias Coliseum.*

Talisay, EBM Teams – Frontrunners In Albee Cup

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 08:03



on Wed, 06/21/2017


The Talisay Albee Cup cagers take the lead in basketball and in men’s volleyball with the EBM lady spikers as frontrunners, as the District 3 inter-LGU tournament finished its 4th weekend matches last June 17 and 18 hosted by EB Magalona.

Silay men’s spikers suffered twin losses to EBM and Talisay in volleyball games held at the Barangay Tabigue covered court. In the women’s match, EBM beat Victorias but the Victorias spikers beat Silay.

In basketball 39-below, Silay lost two matches, to Murcia and Victorias. Talisay beat Silay, while EBM also beat Silay. Games were played at the Wilkinson Gym.

Victorias City will host the 5th weekend games on June 24 and 25.

Championship play-offs are slated July 1 and 2 at the Victorias Coliseum.*

Gatchalian Backs Reduction of Excise Tax

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:23



by Eugene Adiong on Fri, 06/16/2017

The sugar industry has found another ally in Senator Sherwin Gatchalian in its efforts to reduce the proposed P10 per liter proposed excise tax.

Gathalian said that he expects “adjustments on the proposal especially on sugar-sweetened beverages because it is a new provision which was not discussed in the Senate.”

Pressed if government economic managers would bend to lower their proposed excise tax, he said, “they bent on the excise tax on diesel fuel which was initially at P6 but they now agreed that it be imposed in three phases- P3 in the first year, P2 in the second year and P1 in the third year.”

“In that sense, they gave in to the request of the legislature. As representatives of the people, we have to be sensitive to the voices and plight of our constituents,” Gatchalian said.

Personally, he said that “we should look at the proposed tax reform as one package.”

“The reduced income tax will benefit about 90 percent of the people. It is now at P250,000 and below are exempted. On the other hand, those who consume more fuel will pay more excise tax. We are just transferring the burden from the middle and lower class to those who consume more,” he pointed out.

Gatchalian said that it should be ensured that “jobs will not be affected.”

“Tax on sugar-sweetened beverages will be detrimental if jobs are affected. The proposal should be discussed thoroughly,” he said.

Earlier, Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Joseph Victor Ejercito expressed their apprehensions that the proposal to impose excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages may cause inflationary effects on consumers.

Ejercito feels that the proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Package that includes excise taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, petroleum products and car sales will bring about rough sailing once it reaches the Senate as some senators are no keen on adopting the House version of the proposal.

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said that he “has apprehensions on imposing those excise taxes because it might have high inflationary effects despite the Department of Finance’s claim that it is negligible.”

Last week, Zubiri promised sugar industry stakeholders to fight for the reduction of the P10-a-liter excise tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.

The senator is pushing for the reduction of the P10-a-liter excise tax to P5, and for the retention of the House of Representatives–approved P20 excise tax per liter for sweetened-beverages using High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and other imported sweeteners.

Earlier, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez of Negros Occ.’s 3rd district, said the Visayan bloc failed to reduce the excise tax on sugar-sweetened drinks from P10 per liter to P5, but they were able to double the amount on imported sweeteners.

Zubiri pointed out that the tax on sugar sweetened drinks, which includes softdrinks and three-in-one coffee “needs to be reduced to prevent a drop in their sales that would gravely affect the Philippine sugar industry, of which Negros Occidental is the largest producer.”*(Eugene Y.Adiong)

Escalante says Unega to support plans of Benitez

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:42




Teresa D. Ellera
Thursday, June 15, 2017

SECOND District Board Member Salvador Escalante said Wednesday, June 14, that the United Negros Alliance (Unega) will support the future political plans of Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez.

This, after Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. assured support for Benitez if he will run either for senator or governor in the 2019 elections, said Escalante, secretary-general of Unega.

Benitez belongs to the rival Love Negros with Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.

Escalante said that the two local parties will not necessarily forge an alliance, but they can have common candidates.

“If Benitez runs for governor, Unega can field a candidate for vice governor or vice versa,” he added.

Whether Unega will also support Lacson if he decides to run for governor in 2019, Escalante said they have no commitment about that yet. (TDE)

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