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News and features about Cong. Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Bantug Benitez, Representative of Third District of Negros Occidental.
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TESDA in partnership with office of Cong. Albee Benitez Orient Victorias City & EB Magalona STEP Beneficiaries

6 hours 8 min ago

September 22, 2017

Edukasyon, Partisipasyon, kag Determinasyon = @SENSO KA!
JO3 LUNIL JOHN D BANAYLO -Deputy Jail Warden who gave the message of J/SINSP ADRIANO D PARACUELLES -City Jail Warden

Lagrimas Berdin Lamason Silvestre District Staff Programs & Services Head
Liana Montepio - District Staff Victorias GCoor

Sir Ronald Canson - TESDA Training Coordinator
Victorias City TESDA STEP Beneficiaries - BJMP Inmates BJMP Personnels District Staffs of Cong. Albee Benitez

Sir Ronald with EB Magalona Beneficiaries
Benjie Villa - District Staff EB Magalona GCoor

* Photos Lagrimas Berdin Lamason Silvestre

Cong. Albee Benitez Kampeon ng Edukasyon

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:50

September 19, 2017

Rep. Albee Benitez joined Negros Occidental and Silay City DepEd officials and personnel earlier, spearheaded by Negros Occ. Schools Division Supt. Gladys Amylaine Sales, Silay City Schools Division Supt. Dr. Neri Anne Alibuyog, ASDS Dr. Lynee Penaflor, and Cheryl Tondo, Principal III, Victorias City National High School, in a benchmarking workshop-seminar on the 21st century classroom developed by the Department of Science and Technology.

Rep. Benitez believes that an ideal classroom should be equipped with innovative education technology to build a more conducive learning environment for students.

Around Metro3rd Today with Cong. Albee Benitez

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 17:38

September 15, 2017

At the Victorias City Hall, Cong. Albee Benitez together with Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca joined the signing of the Perpetual Right to Use Agreement for the donation of the 10-hectare lot by the Canetown Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the Victorias Milling Company, as relocation area for informal settler families of Victorias City. Leading the signing are VMC president Eduardo Concepcion and CDC president Roy Hautea. The donation is part of their corporate social responsibility program.

Cong. Albee lauded the gesture of CDC and VMC as a milestone for the housing sector development not only in the Third District but for the province and the whole country, as the problem of informal settler families continue to grow. As chair of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, he noted that this development will provide government to design and plan for a viable and sustainable community that will include basic services and facilities for residents.

Mayor Palanca and Cong. Albee Benitez thanked CDC and VMC for the perpetual right to use agreement, as both underscored the mutually beneficial partnership for continuous community development. Witnessing the signing are the members of the Victorias City Council, Punong Barangays and the city department heads.

Cong. Albee met and hosted lunch for members of the national media covering the House beat at his home in Victorias City. The Congress media group visited Bacolod City and the Third District of Negros Occidental today.

Joining Cong. Albee and the Congressional Media Group is Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares.

Cong. Albee led the formal turn-over of the Barangay Alicante Multi-Purpose Building in E. B. Magalona. He is shown here cutting the ribbon with Punong Barangay Alan Matapaja.

Cong. Albee turns over the ceremonial key to the new Barangay Hall to PB Matapaja and EB Magalona officials led by Mayor Marvin Malacon.

The Alicante Barangay Hall is the first Multi-Purpose Building to be formally turned over to the officials of the municipality and the barangay this year. The blessing was officiated by Fr. Giovanni Garde.

The Alicante Barangay Hall is the first Multi-Purpose Building to be formally turned over to the officials of the municipality and the barangay this year. The blessing was officiated by Fr. Giovanni Garde.

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Cong. Albee urged the barangay officials to match the beautiful structure with equally efficient and effective service for constituents in the barangay. He reminded both officials and residents to take care of the building and to work hand in hand for the growth and development of the barangay.

Cong. Albee in a Dialogue with Tulong-Dunong Grantees

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 20:44

Mrs. Melina Monecillo of Barangay Lantad in Silay City, mother of an educational assistance beneficiary was not in the program but approached the organizers for a chance to thank Congressman Alfredo Benitez on stage. So Nanay Melina was called to say her brief pasalamat for the opportunity given her daughter, Angel who in 2015 graduated Cum Laude from STI-WNU with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Criminology.

Angel Monecillo is one of the more than 7,000 students from all over District Three in Negros Occidental who have successfully graduated from college under the educational assistance program of Congressman Benitez since his first term of office in 2010. Closely coordinating with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Congressman Benitez office is able to facilitate assistance for students enrolled in both public and private colleges in the District and in Bacolod City.

Last September 9 (Saturday), 2017 at the Silay City Plaza covered court, a total of 1,600 old and new grantees of the Tulong - Dunong Program met with Congressman Benitez for a dialogue and an orientation from CHED Region VI representatives on new guidelines of the program.

As the students met Congressman Benitez up close to extend their thanks, he reminded all the grantees to continue their studies seriously, graduate successfully and join the mainstream of productive citizens of the country. He also updated them of recent legislative initiatives to help strengthen the education system in the country – the implementation next year of free tuition in state universities and colleges and the installation of Wi-fi facilities in many public areas around the country that will boost the technical capability of Filipinos to cope with global trends.

CHED officials in the orientation were Cristy Laurente representing regional director Cesar Medina and Supervisor Ma. Karen Catalina Zaldivar.

Also present to be updated on the 2017 financial assistance guidelines are the scholarship program coordinators of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Talisay City; Central Philippines State University and Colegio de Sta. Ana in Victorias City; Silay Institute; University of St. La Salle, Colegio de San Agustin, Bacolod City College and STI-WNU in Bacolod City; and Bago City College.

Silay City Mark Golez welcomed guests and participants to the orientation and dialogue.*

Cong. Albee Benitez @ 18th Minulu-an Festival

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 17:35

September 10, 2017

Cong. Albee Benitez and Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares III

* Photos Pio Talisay

Metro Third Scholars Meet Cong. Albee Benitez

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 14:46

September 9, 2017

1,600 Tulong Dunong Program grantees of the 3rd District converged at the Silay City Plaza Covered Court today for an orientation on current guidelines from CHED and a dialogue with Cong. Albee Benitez.

Mrs. Melina Monecillo of Brgy. Lantad, Silay City thanked Cong. Albee for the educational assistance for daughter Angel who graduated from STI-WNU with a degree in BS Criminology, Cum Laude in 2015.

Rochelle Luceno is a proud 4th year BS Elementary Education student of Silay Institute. She is a member of the Indigenous People’s (IP) Tribu Bukidnon of Sitio Sibato, Brgy. Guimbalaon, Silay City.

Talisay City Scholars with Cong. Albee Benitez

Murcia Scholars with Cong. Albee Benitez

Victorias City Scholars with Cong. Albee Benitez

EB Magalona Scholars with Cong. Albee Benitez

Silay City Scholars with Cong. Albee Benitez and Mayor Mark Golez

Third District Scholars Orientation and Dialogue with CHED and Cong. Albee

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 09:16

Ongoing now in Silay City, Negros Occidental 1,700 scholars all over Third District in an orientation and dialogue with CHED and Cong. Albee Benitez

Cong. Albee Benitez Joins Sugar and More Negros Occidental Summit Today in Bacolod City

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 19:19

September 7, 2017

With Cong.Albee are Vice Governor Bong Lacson and Gov. Freddie Maranon


Wed, 09/06/2017 - 17:36

Alinsunod sa Presidential Proclamation No. 242, s. 2011, ang ika-5 ng Setyembre hanggang ika-5 ng Oktubre ay Buwan ng mga Guro.

Maraming salamat, Ma'am, Sir at Prof, sa pag-aambag ng inyong kaalaman para linangin ang kakayahan at itaguyod ang galing at talino ng estudyanteng Pilipino.

Cong. Albee Reports on Housing Initiatives to Negros, Panay Lions

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 19:39

Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez rallied Lions Clubs International District 301-B1 of Negros and Panay to “get our acts together” in addressing problems of urbanization.

Congressman Benitez was guest speaker at the 1st Cabinet Meeting and District Convention’s Governor’s Ball and Induction Ceremony  September 2 at SMX in Bacolod City.

As chair of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Congressman Benitez reported on the latest developments regarding initiatives to re-create a Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, a vital move that will integrate government efforts to solve the growing housing backlog in the country as well as address problems of urbanization as population explosion critically continues.

He also disclosed findings of the recent Housing Committee public hearing that he  led in Tacloban City  on the status of the housing relocation and resettlement project for victims of Typhoon Yolanda in 2012.  The Committee noted, Cong. Albee said, that only 7% of the 24% structures already finished are occupied and that construction materials have been found substandard.  The Committee will further validate the findings and push for actions so that the program can finally be fast-tracked, he added.

Congressman Benitez also urged the Lions delegates to give their feedbacks on the ongoing campaign to push for federalism, noting that the program is already moving forward, as he underscored his participation in the House drafting of the federal Constitution.

His challenge to the new officers and members of the various Negros and Panay Lions Clubs is to further strengthen projects that truly provide services to the underprivileged in communities, as he lauded the Lionism way of reaching out and helping the poorest of the poor.

Congressman Benitez showcased his ASENSO movement and programs in his District , now focusing on utilizing the solar technology to provide electricity and water for poor households.

“I am now on my third and last term and my ASENSO thrust is to truly help reduce the cost of living in as many households as we can in the Third District,” he stressed.  *


Ballet Star Rench Meets Cong. Albee

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 19:06

August 25, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Rench Isaac Soriano winner of the recent Youth Asia Grand Prix International Ballet competition in Hongkong meets Cong. Albee Benitez today. Rench who hails from Victorias City in Negros Occidental is accompanied by his father Rene Soriano. The family lives in Barangay 19A in Victorias. Cong. Albee congratulated Rench for the outstanding performance and the honor that he has given his family and country. Rench who started learning ballet at age nine is a student of the Dance Pull School of Performing Arts run by Murciahanon and ballet artist Dwight Rodrigazo of Ballet Philippines.

Projects/Activities in EB Magalona Today

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 15:35

August 25, 2017

NOCHP Card Distribution

A total of 1,532 NOCHP Cards were distributed to beneficiaries from various of EB Magalona. Present were NOCHP coordinator Mina Pellejo, Cong. Albee Benitez, Mayor Marvin Malacon, Vice Governor Bong Lacson, Cong. Stephen Paduano, Himamaylan Mayor Tinto Bascon, EB Magalona councilors Eric Matulac, Gelita Parcon, Joey Pugales, Isidro Gomed and Reylan Gamboa.

Video Board Inauguration


Wed, 08/23/2017 - 10:03

August 22, 2017

Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, chair of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development in the House of Representatives, urged the government on Tuesday to invest more in housing to fully address the long-standing problem of homelessness in the country.

The proposed 4.795-billion budget for the housing sector in 2018 is 68.87% lower than last year. The figure represents a measly 0.13% of the 2018 national budget.

The bulk of the housing budget goes to the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), with 2.235 billion and 773.63 million, respectively.

“We have long been grappling with homelessness and each year the country’s housing needs, especially in urban areas, keep on swelling along with population growth and rapid urbanization,” Rep. Benitez lamented.

According to the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), the country’s total housing needs will balloon to 6.8 million by 2022, including the 2 million housing backlog from previous years.

“To address this, the Government should allocate more funding for housing programs for poor and low-income families, particularly those living in informal settlements and danger areas,” Rep. Benitez said.

NHA’s 2018 budget is 82.38% lower than last year and will be devoted to resettlement for informal settler families and housing for military and police personnel. There is no budget for permanent housing for disaster victims – the subject of Benitez’s committee’s inquiry in Tacloban City on September 1.

“It is deeply disconcerting that housing is left neglected by the government when shelter is the one of the most basic human needs and the most visible manifestation of human dignity,” Rep. Benitez said.

“The government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ (BBB) program should not just concentrate on transportation infrastructure. Building affordable and adequate homes for poor Filipino families should be part and parcel of our efforts to ensure inclusive and sustainable development,” Rep. Benitez added.

The budget for housing sector is dwarfed by the 1.097-trillion BBB budget by more than 200 times. #

PAGCOR Senior High School Building Inaugurated In Silay Barangay

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 16:08

August 18, 2017

The two-storey ten-classroom building for the Senior High School students of the Barangay E. Lopez National High School donated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) through the efforts of Congressman Alfredo Benitez of the Third District was formally inaugurated today ( August 18) in a program attended by  PAGCOR AVP Arnel Ignacio of the Community Relations and Services Department representing PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo, Congressman Benitez and Silay City Mayor Mark Golez.

PAGCOR AVP Arnel Ignacio, Engr. Esther Miranda, Cong. Albee, Mayor Mark Golez, VM Joedith Gallego, Dr. Neri Anne Alibuyog, PTA president Edith Espida, Senior High School teacher-in-charge Ryan Garzon, Junior High School teacher-in-charge Rodeliza Abainza, Kagawad Joseph Emong; and seated, SSG president Russel Arevalo.

The blessing of the building was officiated by Fr. Ermin Bimbao of the Barangay E. Lopez Parish.

Silay City Schools Superintendent Neri Anne Alibuyog led officials of the Department of Education who witnessed the turn-over.

Also present were Silay City Vice-Mayor Joedith Gallego, Engineer Esther Miranda of the DPWH Negros 1st Engineering District representing District Engineer Jaime Javellana, and barangay officials led by Kagawad Joseph Emong representing Punong Barangay Debbie Jinon. *

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EBM Mayor Marvin Malacon celebrates birthday

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 22:05

EBM Mayor Marvin Malacon celebrates birthday with Silay VM Joedith Gallego, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Cong. Albee Benitez, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares and Victorias VM Jerry Jover

Sugar Block Farming Orientation for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in EB Magalona & Victorias

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 22:30

August 05, 2017 - Orientation conducted to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Hda. Ma. Asuncion Barangay VIII, City of Victorias and Hda. Maritaldan II Barangay Consing, Municipality of E.B. Magalona by Mr. Joemel Magno of the Department of Agrarian Reform for the possible availment of Sugarcane Industry Development Act (SIDA, Republic Act 10659) Program for the ARBs, which is a priority program of Hon. Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Bantug Benitez, 3rd District Representative, Province of Negros Occidental. Also present in the said orientation was Punong Barangay Jose Murillo, Jr. of Barangay VIII.

Loan Assistance Program for the organized agrarian reform benficiaries under the SIDA Law for sugar farming with only 3 - 4% interest per annum, coupled with livelihood programs, free training and seminars, scholarship for dependents and repair/construction of Farm to Mill roads if ARBs association is qualified and accredited by the Sugar Regulatory Administration.

Cong. Albee Benitez Visits today (July 26) Silay City School - Doña Monserrat Lopez Memorial High School

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 20:13

July 26, 2017

Rep. Albee Benitez conducted a site visit at Doña Monserrat Lopez Memorial High School today, July 26, together with Silay City Vice Mayor Joedith Gallego, Silay City Schools Superintendent Neri Ann Alibuyog, DPWH Project Engineer Ester Miranda, School Principal Rodito Badian and other LGU and school officials. He also met with some of the teachers and students for a short dialogue.

Cong. Albee Benitez at SRA-MDDC Summit 2017

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:45

July 26, 2017

Cong. Albee Benitez spoke today, July 26 at the Sugar Summit held in Talisay City, Negos Occ. facilitated by the Sugar Regulatory Administration on the strategic role of the Mill District Development Councils in Sugarcane Industry development.

Cong. Albee is author of the House Bill and the Sugarcane Industry Development Law and a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and Food.

(left to right) SRA Administrator Atty. Anna Rosario Paner, Cong. Albee, Sugar Board Member Hermenegildo Serafica, and Sugar Board Member Roland Beltran.

Participants and guests in the SRA - MDDC Summit

Cong. Albee Benitez at Asia Pacific Housing Forum

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 19:19

July 25, 2017

Cong. Albee Benitez speaking at the Asia Pacific Housing Forum organized by the Habitat for Humanity. — at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

Consultation Meeting with SSS

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 15:49

To ensure smooth implementation of the Metro 3rd ASENSO Burial Assistance Program after its recent launching, the Programs and Services Group of Cong. Albee Benitez District Office facilitated a consultation meeting with key branch heads of the Social Security System (SSS) office and the respective technical working groups and lead implementors of the cities of Victorias, Silay and Talisay and the municipalities of Murcia and EB Magalona.

District PSG head Lagrimas Silvestre cited the support of Lilani Benedian, MD-OIC VisWest1 Div. and concurrent OIC Branch Head of Bacolod City; Brenda Cruz OIC BH for Victorias; Lina Hilado, OIC BH for Bacolod City East branch; and Josephine Sombina, OIC BH for Kabankalan. Also present in the meeting held last July 18 in Bacolod City was the SSS Legal Officer Atty. Jobel Tiu and other SSS technical staff.

Silvestre thanked the full cooperation of the Metro 3rd Mayors - EBM Mayor Marvin Malacon, Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares and Victorias Mayor Francis Frederich Palanca whose technical working groups provide meticulous focus on the handling of procedures especially verification of SSS or GSIS membership of the beneficiaries of the burial assistance program.*