Tatak Metro 3rd
January 17, 2018
Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation, Inc. and the Silay City Government will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, to start the construction of the multi-million disaster-resilient housing project at Bon Bon Phase 3 Resettlement Site in Brgy. E Lopez.
Arriving in Silay City to join Mayor Mark Golez for the groundbreaking are Habitat’s Vice President for Asia Pacific Rick Hathaway, Managing Director Michael Meaney, and Project Director Lily Fuentes.
According to Ma. Victoria Abello, HHPFI project manager for Western Visayas, they have also invited Congressman Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, chair of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, to join the groundbreaking for the construction of the initial 100 cement-bamboo framed housing units or 50 duplexes valued at about P45 million.
Also invited to the ground breaking are Vice Mayor Joedith Gallego and the Silay City Council, Naational Housing Authority Bacolod Area Manager, Engr. Alejandro Ongsuco, Silay City Water District General Manager Jose Luis Ledesma, Jr., Central Negros Electric Cooperation Silay Field Office Manager Lilibeth Gabian, and Brgy. E Lopez Punong Barangay Debbie Jinon and Council.
Although the Nov. 13, 2017 Memorandum of Agreement between Habitat and the Silay City initially outlined the first 100 units this year, Habitat has expressed its commitment to construct a total of 546 housing units in Bon Bon Phase 3, including community facilities, within the next few years.
Abello added that training of the workers for the cement-bamboo frame technology, and actual construction will start on January 22, while orientation and drawing of priority numbers for identified qualified beneficiaries will be held on January 28.
Under Habitat’s program, beneficiaries are required to provide sweat equity, and attendance to seminars or meetings are counted as part of the sweat equity.
Silay City was chosen as the project site because it has an LGU owned property which is already developed and buildable.
According to Alore Golez, officer in charge of the Silay Housing Authority Office, the City Government availed of the LGU Resettlement Assistance Program of the NHA under which a city can have a maximum of P12 million grant and P12 million loan to develop LGU owned property for resettlement sites.
Despite the heavy downpour and the flooded grounds of the Rafael B. Lacson Memorial High School oval, leaders of Partido Asenso proceeded to the new venue of this year's ASENSO METRO 3RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY starting as early as 1:30 pm of December 21, 2017.
The leaders totalled 22,124 - all duly registered as soon as they boarded their respective buses, trucks, jeepneys, cars from the cities of Silay, Talisay and Victorias, and the municipalities of Murcia and EB Magalona.
For the first time in the history of the Third District of Negros Occidental, perhaps even in the whole of the province, this huge gathering of political leaders from the grassroots was realized despite the challenges of finding the venue to accomodate such huge number and the logistical requirements to mount the project.
The ASENSO assembly spearheaded by Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez, Congressman Stephen "Caraps" Paduano together with the local government executives under the ASENSO party is scheduled yearly during December to celebrate thanksgiving and the Yuletide Season. This 2017, the convergence of all leaders from all over the Third District became a symbol of unity and an opportunity for all to confirm and reiterate their commitment to the vision of ASENSO.
Padayon ang Asenso! Asenso ko, katungdanan ko!
These were the buzz words and theme of the program that promptly started at 5 pm.
Vice-Governor Jose Eugenio "Bong" Lacson, Board Member Frederick "Manman"Ko, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick "Wantan" Palanca", EB Magalona Marvin Malacon, and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano led the participating officials who joined Cong. Albee and Cong. Caraps.
Special guest was Philippine Women's University president Dr. Francisco "Kiko" Benitez, younger brother of Cong. Albee who was unanimously endorsed as the next candidate for Third District Representative in 2019.
Highlight of the program was the call to commitment to ASENSO, led by the party officials.
The celebration was made complete by Jollibee packs for everyone, entertainment by singer-comedian K Brosas, comedian-magician Jeffrey Tam and singer Tammy, more than 2,000 raffle prizes, and fireworks that capped the program.
Cong. Albee rallied everyone to continue championing the mission of ASENSO which is unconditional service for others and the community, as he thanked all for their continued confidence and support for the party.*
December 7, 2017
Binisita ni Cong. Albee Benitez ngayong araw ang Ground Zero ng bakbakan ng militar at ng teroristang grupo na Maute at inispekyon ang temporary housing na itinatayo ng National Housing Authority para sa mga pamilyang apektado ng giyera.
Idiniin ni Cong. Albee sa mga opisyal ng Task Force Bangon Marawi at NHA na bilisan ngunit sinsinin ang pagpaplano para muling itayo ang Marawi at tiyaking maayos ang implementasyon ng mga proyekto, lalo na sa pabahay, basic social services at kabuhayan, parang tulungan muling makatayo ang mga biktima ng kaguluhan.
November 22, 2017
Nakipagpulong si Cong. Albee Benitez, kasama si Cong. Arlene Brosas, sa mga lider ng Welfareville, Mandaluyong City, ukol sa pamamahagi ng lupa para sa mga residente ng nasabing komunidad.
(Photos Galo Glino III)
PARTNERS FOR PEACE: Rep. Albee Benitez with leaders of the Sustainable Initiative of Grassroots and Networks for Bangsamoro Basic Law
November 21, 2017
PARTNERS FOR PEACE: Rep. Albee Benitez met with leaders of the Sustainable Initiative of Grassroots and Networks for Bangsamoro Basic Law (SIGN BBL), a broad coalition of civil society and grassroots organizations in Mindanao. Rep. Benitez and SIGN BBL are united in their aspiration for just and lasting peace in Mindanao.
(Photo Galo Glino III)
November 21, 2017
Rep. Albee Benitez met with community leaders of Northville and Southville resettlement sites and representatives from the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor today, as part of his advocacy to help informal settlers and the poor have affordable and adequate housing.
(Photo Galo Glino III)
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.*
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.
The duplexes will be constructed at BonBon Resettlement Project Phase 3, which was developed by the Silay City Government using financial assistance from the National Housing Authority under the LGU Resettlement Assistance Program.
In his message prior to the signing, Mayor Golez thanked Habitat for the project which he said will be a big help to the less fortunate brothers and sisters of the City.
For his part, Meaney, said he is looking forward to a strong partnership between Habitat and the City of Silay.
The MOA signed initially covers 100 units but Habitat is committed to raise funds to complete the construction of 546 housing units, including some community facilities.
Congressman Benitez welcomes the project and also shared some sustainable initiatives being piloted in some housing sites, such as, the provision of water to the households using solar-powered driven pumps.
Also present during the signing ceremony held at the Operations Center in Silay City were Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Francisco Benitez brother of Cong. Albee and President of the Philippine Women's University, Vice Mayor Joedith Gallego, City Administrator Ryan Montoro, and councilors Linda Caja and Tom Ledesma of the committee on housing.
Vice Governor Lacson said, he is glad to know that bamboo will be used in the project, citing that the province of Negros Occidental is currently have a strong advocacy to promote bamboo.
Meanwhile, E. B. Magalona Mayor Malacon, who was also present during the MOA signing, together with the municipal councilors, said he is hopeful that with their efforts in housing, in coordination with Municipal Planning Officer Erwin Poniado, they will also be future partners of Habitat
Other guests during the MOA signing also included Judges Dyna Trocio, Ana Bernad and Eunice Cuansing, and members of I-HOME-Bacolod.
Habitat Bacolod/Panay staff Ma. Victoria Abello, Silay Housing Authority Officer Alore Golez and her staff, and Marie June Pavillar-Castro, District Coordinator on Housing Concerns, assisted during the MOA signing and provided technical assistance support during several project meetings.*(Marie June Pavillar-Castro)Source: Negros Daily Bulletin
November 10, 2017
Teach for the Philippines Program Presentation - Education plays a major role in reducing poverty and empower the lives of the people - with Cong. Albee Benitez, Ms. Margarita Delgado TFP Vice Chairman, Victorias City Mayor Francis Palanca, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares, Silay Mark Golez.
Posted October 31, 2017
of 3rd District, Negros Occidental
- Brgy. Cansilayan MURCIA
- Brgy. Zone 10, TALISAY CITY
- Brgy. Rizal, SILAY CITY
- Brgy. Tanza, EB MAGALONA
- VICTORIAS CITY
- Inmates BJMP Victorias, Brgy. 2
- Livelihood Core Group, Brgy. I
Cong. Albee Benitez at National Convention of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (CREBA) in Davao
Posted October 28, 2017"It is time for the government to open up its doors for the private sector in building homes, development new towns and urban renewal projects. The public-private partnership should be geared towards finding innovative solutions that will ultimately make accessible decent and affordable homes to Filipino families"
-- Cong. AlbeeBenitez during the National Convention of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (CREBA) in Davao
Posted October 26, 2017
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Cong. Albee Benitez Spoke at 65th National Convention of the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers
October 20, 2017
Rep. Albee Benitez spoke about the challenges in the power industry during the 65th National Convention of the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers in SMX Convention Center in MOA, Pasay City.
Cong. Albee Benitez underscored the need to institutionalize competitive selection process for power supply agreements and the importance of switching to renewable energy.
October 13, 2017
More than 500 residents of the Third District of Negros Occidental and some from other districts, with varied ailments that may require major surgery underwent pre-screening process today, October 13, 2017, at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City.
The pre-screening is preparatory to the free surgical mission come November 23 to 26 by a team of medical specialists from the Makati Medical Center, organized by Dominique "Nikki" Lopez Benitez, wife of Congressman Alfredo Benitez.
BBBF Executive Director briefs the Makati Medical Center doctors before the start of the pre-screening. The volunteer doctors are Erwin Dizon, Natividad Soler, Fe Villafria, Joaquin Manalastas, Darryl Santiago and Michele Angela Meer Anievas.
The project dubbed "Nikki Cares: Libre nga Operasyon" gathered indigent residents with medical conditions like hernia, gall stones, ovarian cyst, goiter, myoma, others that may require major operation.
Providing full support to the project are the Silay City Government through Mayor Mark Golez, Betty Bantug Benitez Fooundation through Executive Director Mary Ann Dino, Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital through Chief of Hospital Dr. Girlie Pinongan and the District Office of Congressman Alfredo Benitez.*