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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.*

Preparation Underway for Nikki CARES Medical/Surgical Mission for Metro Third

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 22:01

July 21, 2017

Mayor Neil Lizares III met with Dominique "Nikki" Lopez Benitez, wife of Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez to map out the groundwork for a major 3-day medical and surgical mission on November 2017 at the Teresita Locsin Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.

Talisay City Mayor Neil E. Lizares and Nikki Lopez Benitez discuss the Third District medical and surgical mission slated on November 9, 2017 (Photo by Jonaz Lojera Delleva)

Close to a 50-man medical team from the Makati Medical Center Foundation including surgeons and operating room nurses will perform major and minor cases including thyroid, hernias, cleft lip and palate, gallbladder stones, obstetric and gynecological cases such as ovarian cysts, small breast masses, among others.

(from left to right): Talisay City Assistant Administrator Ismael Paredes Penado, Sanggunian Panglunsod Secretary Josel Simondo Faisan, Sanggunian Panglunsod Member Nicolai Jalandoni, Vice Mayor Sam Siote, Mary Ann Dino, Mayor Neil E. Lizares, Mrs. Nikki Lopez Benitez, Jeceryl Jover, Dr. Jake Manalastas, Dr. Erwin Dizon, Dr. Joy Gladys Guanzon, Marlyn Simondo (Photo by Jonaz Lojera Delleva)

Mrs. Benitez's team was accompanied by Dr. Erwin Dizon and Dr. Jake Manalastas, Mrs. Jeceryl Jover and was met by Mayor Neil, Vice Mayor Sam Siote, SPM Nicolai Jalandoni, Ismael Penado, Talisay City Health Officer Dr. Joy Gladys Guanzon, Josel Faisan and Marlyn Simondo.

The Talisay Third District Team counterpart in action (Photo by Jonaz Lojera Delleva)

The schedule for the first screening of patients is scheduled on October 7, 2017 with the final screening in November 7, 2017.

Photos by Jonaz Lojera Delleva

Balaring Meeting on Housing Concerns

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:49

Cong. Albee Benitez met today (July 20) with the purok presidents, kagawads and the punong barangay of Barangay Balaring, Remy Roldan to discuss housing concerns especially of informal settler families (ISF)in the barangay and to update constituents of ongoing priority projects in the Third District - among them, inventory of ISFs, intensification of NOCHP enrolment, household survey to determine needs for power especially solar technology for far-flung households, streetlights, and water systems.

In the photo, Cong Albee is joined by the purok president, barangay kagawads, punong barangay Remy Roldan of Barangay Balaring, Silay City and the District Coordinator for housing concerns Marie June Castro.*

Reaching Out to Informal Settler Families in Metro 3rd

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:39

Focusing on the other “H” in his  METRO 3RD ASENSO –IHELP (infrastructure-health & housing-education & environment-livelihood-policy) PROGRAM, Congressman Alfredo Benitez  initiated an inventory of informal settler families (ISF) and a review of the various housing programs of local government units in the Third District.

Site inspection with Victorias Milling Company representatives.  Marie June Castro, Paz Marie Valenciano and Allana Montepio of the Congressional District Office accompanied by VMC staff Beltran Gargoles, Romy Moses Depasucat, Fortunato Deo Sombero and Wilmar Castillo visited the proposed 10-hectare lot that will be donated by VMC for socialized housing for ISFs in the VMC community.

Marie June Pavillar Castro, women’s rights advocate, civic leader and former Silay City councilor who was  tasked as District Coordinator for Housing Concerns DCHC), said the initial inventory recorded close to 50,000 informal settler families in Victorias, EB Magalona, Silay, Talisay and Murcia.  As she works closely with the LGUs to assist fast-tracking their housing programs and other related concerns, the listing and mapping of ISFs continue to generate an accurate data-baseline for appropriate interventions and provide relevant inputs to policy initiatives to address the housing backlog and other issues.

EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon and Marie June Castro in an informal huddle with Barangay Poblacion 3 punong barangay Alan Alejandrino and his kagawads Jason Derla. Faustino Villarosa, Ronnel Mogul, Leah Esponilla and Roberto Segura.  Around 1.2 hectares in Purok Tondo in Poblacion 3 have been identified for titling for ISFs as they now work to organize a homeowners association to comply with the conversion requirements.

Cong. Benitez  worked with the National Housing Authority and Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca to  facilitate the implementation of the Permanent Housing Project in Barangay 13 for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.  To date more than 300 units are occupied by ISFs of the total target 2,321 houses.

Victorias housing officer Primilo Solinap  recently reported that 1,300 ISFs will soon benefit from the free patent program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Villa Miranda.

Victorias City housing officer Primilo Solinap assists ISFs in his office.

EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon reported five priority areas as sites  for  relocation and housing projects – Barangays Mantaangan, Gahit, Nanca,  Poblacion 3 and Sto. Niño for those affected by Typhoon Yolanda and other natural disasters. 

DCHC Castro have also identified ISFs who have organized themselves into homeowners associations seeking assistance and conducted consultative meetings with these groups. Among them are  the Community Association of Barangay Zone IV of Talisay,  the Community Association of Purok Kapayas, Barangay Zone IV of Murcia, and the farm workers of Hacienda Bagacay, Barangay Bagtic in Silay.

The Community Association of Purok Kapayas in Barangay Poblacion IV, Murcia headed by their president Kagawad Miguel Gela meets with DCHC Marie June Castro, the surveyor and representatives of the Municipal Engineer’s office to discuss technical concerns related to requirements of the HLURB.

Vital links are established with government housing agencies like the National Housing Agency (NHA) , Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)  and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).  The District Office and the DCHC continue to conduct  various fora to assist the SHFC advocacy on  promoting the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) and the Local Community Mortgage Program (LCMP).

Ongoing is the coordination with the Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit housing organization whose vision is to provide decent shelter for underprivileged informal settlers. DCHC Castro said,  Habitat  plans for a housing project  in the province, using available indigenous materials.

EB Magalona municipal development & planning officer Engr. Erwin Poniado in a consultative meeting with Congressional District representatives Marie June Castro, Paz Marie Valenciano and Laarni Aguilar.

Congressman Benitez who is also the House chair for the Committee on Housing and Urban Development have initiated groundwork on ways and means to tackle  the  housing backlog in the country, working closely with his counterpart in the Senate, Senator Joseph Victor  Ejercito

In his District, Congressman Benitez takes the lead in transforming lives of informal settler families through access to resettlement communities and socialized housing.

DCHC Castro recently gathered and met with the ISFs of Purok Berano in Barangay Lantad, Silay City.

DCHC Castro together with Team Albee shared experiences of long and tedious meetings with stakeholders, rigorous systems and procedures that need improvements and even changes and most of all, the need to change attitude and mind set of people that have been rooted in the old ways.

But opportunities outweigh the constraints in the work towards improving lives of people.  For Congressman Benitez, the challenge of making shelter . . . housing . . . . and finally, decent homes a reality for informal settler families  is not an impossible dream.*

Watch Video of Cong. Albee Benitez Asenso sa Ika-Tatlo nga Distrito: Puluy-an para sa Tanan (Hiligaynon Version)

Cong. Albee Benitez Asenso sa Ika-Tatlo nga Distrito: Puluy-an para sa Tanan (English Version)

Solar Street Lights For Victorias Barangay 19-A

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 20:59

Cong. Albee Benitez together with Victorias City Councilors and barangay officials visited Barangay 19A last July 13 and distributed 25 solar home kits to 25 households and 5 solar street lights for the barangay. Kagawad Rosa Montinola and Kagawad Itik Lazo received the solar street lights from Cong. Albee. Briefing the beneficiaries on solar technology, Cong. Albee reminded them to take good care of the facility that will benefit the families and the community.*

3rd District NOCHP Update

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:37

          The Third District of Negros Occidental continues to intensify its campaign to reach more families to enroll in the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program or NOCHP to avail of  free medical services in times of need. 

Congressman Alfredo Benitez continues to mobilize his District Office and satellite offices in cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay and municipalities of Murcia and EB Magalona to reach far-flung upland and coastal  communities, educating families of the benefits of the program.

Talisay City NOCHP Card Distribution

(Photos: www.talisaycity.gov.ph)

          With a total of 59,080 families enrolled in NOCHP to date, the Third District keeps its lead in the implementation of the program in the whole province.

          Recently, the NOCHP team led by Governor Alfredo Marañon, Congressman Benitez and Mayor Neil Lizares distributed a total of 1,960 NOCHP cards to qualified members;  and another 1,641 beneficiaries in Murcia received their cards from the group together with  Mayor Andrew Montelibano and Vice-Mayor Gerardo Rojas.

          Enrollment for senior citizens is also a priority in the Third District.

          Congressman Benitez has urged mayors in his district to continue fully supporting NOCHP enrollment to reach a target of 75,000 beneficiaries.

          The Third District NOCHP enrollment has the following record update:  EB Magalona – 8,059Murcia – 10,895Silay – 18,018 Talisay – 9,546;  and Victorias – 12,562.*

Albee joins Silay Tourism Council Meet

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 06:43

Congressman Alfredo Benitez recently joined the meeting of the Silay City Tourism Council as the body reviewed the Silay City Tourism Code and made plans to further strengthen tourism development in the city and Metro 3rd. In photo are (left to right): City Treasurer Elsie Jimenea; Reynaldo Bantug, vice-chairman representing the private sector; Cong. Benitez; Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, honorary chairman of the Council and Silay Tourism Officer Girlie Sulmaca.*

Asenso Metro 3rd Burial Assistance Program, “Tabang sa Kalisod”

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 08:44


            The ASENSO METRO 3RD BURIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  provides  access to funeral and burial services  to qualified residents of the Third District of Negros Occidental.

            The PROGRAM brings together the resources and efforts of the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the Third District with the leadership and initiative of Congressman Alfredo Benitez, formalizing its district-wide implementation with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).


          The PROGRAM is open to all bona-fide residents of the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias, and the municipalities of E.B. Magalona and Murcia.  The claimant is the resident who requests for burial assistance for a deceased  immediate family member.  The beneficiary who is the deceased must also be a bona-fide resident of the Third District.


           With the signing of the MOU and formal launching of the PROGRAM on July 3, 2017, the implementation of the PROGRAM starts.  The MOU sets the duration of the program for two years,  July 2017 to July 2019.


           All LGUs have designated   Technical Working Groups tasked to properly implement the PROGRAM.  Each LGU has a designated  office to receive and process requests for burial assistance.  Requests received by the Congressional District Office will be endorsed for processing and action to the claimant’s city or municipality.


            The claimant must process all requirements within forty-five (45) working days after death of the family member :

  1. Duly accomplished request form for burial assistance
  2. Photocopy of voter’s ID/voter certification or any government-issued ID of claimant
  3. Certificate of residency of claimant stating his/her relationship with deceased
  4. Certified True Copy of Death Certificate
  5. SSS/GSIS verification letter
  6. Duly accomplished Burial Assistance Program Form

          Qualified beneficiaries will receive burial assistance depending on the following circumstances:

                *Ten Thousand Pesos (Php 10,000.00) for deceased who is not   
                   a member of the Social Security System (SSS), Government
                   Service Insurance System (GSIS) or any private insurance.
                *Five Thousand Pesos (Php 5,000.00) for deceased who is a
                   member of the SSS, GSIS  or any  private insurance.                         
                   Also for the deceased who is below  18 years of age, including
                   the newborn.

            The beneficiary or the deceased can only receive burial assistance once.  In cases where there are more than one claimants for only one beneficiary, the claimant who is the nearest of kin will receive the burial assistance.


            When Cong. Albee started his first term in 2010, he committed to bring change in the delivery of programs and services through a new mind-set in governance and public service.

            Working on his I-HELP (infra-health-housing-social services-livelihood-policy ) Programs, he led LGUs to convergence and synergy to transform lives of constituents by veering away  from traditional ways.  His focus is always on  thinking outside the box and innovation to ensure that basic services and development are readily accessible to all.

            For the first time in the Third District, a basic need of constituents to cope with the inevitable loss of a loved one – the grief and expenses, is attended to and the delivery of this assistance  is now integrated and institutionalized for residents from all walks of life.