Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez enumerated all his programs and projects for the Third District during his first term of office, or from July 2010 to June 2013, in his State of the District Report delivered before the local media Wednesday night in Bacolod.
Congressman Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Bantug Benitez, 3rd District of Negros Occidental delivers his State of the District Address during the press conference with the media Wednesday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)
Benitez, now on his second term, presented his "report card" that focuses on Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood, and Policy or Legislation that form an acronym, "I HELP."
He said these are the "milestones of my initial foray as a public servant" and he presents this to the people as he promised them to "uphold transparency and accountability in public service."
An Isabela resident lost his cash when robbed by three unidentified suspects Wednesday afternoon at Hacienda Garrazon in Brgy. San Jose, Binalbagan town.
Joe Valois, 30, told police authorities that he and his two other companions were making a stop in a shed house at Brgy. San Jose when the suspects approached and held them up at gunpoint.
For their honesty, integrity and personal initiative towards professionalism, five security personnel of SM City Bacolod were given due acknowledgment after returning valuable items left by some of the mall’s customers in separate occasions.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and SM City Bacolod Assistant Mall Manager Julia Javellana led the awarding of certificates of recognition to four Negros Veterans Security Agency, Inc. and Topwatch Security Agency security guards last Wednesday at the Bacolod Government Center.
The Office of Persons with Disability Affairs (OPDA) will be officially opened today (August 30, 2013) at the Old City Hall, Bacolod City.
Some of the functions of the office are to formulate and implement policies, plans and programs for the promotion of the welfare of PWDs in coordination with concerned national and local agencies. It will coordinate in the implementation of the provisions of R.A. 9442 (Magna Carta of PWDs), BP 344 (Accessibility Law), Section 29 of General Appropriation Act (GAA) and other relevant laws with disability-related issues and concerns.
OPDA is mandated by C.O. 519 authored by former Councilor Homer Bais and was approved on February 24, 2010 to establish the OPDA in Bacolod City. However, it was not implemented by former Mayor Bing Leonardia, but is now acted upon by the new administration of Mayor Monico Puentevella who has the heart to help and support PWDs of Bacolod City.
Members of Soroptimist International of Bacolod paid a courtesy visit to Mayor Monico Puentevella, yesterday, August 29, 2013, as part of the activities in celebration of Soroptimist Week from August 25-31, 2013. Soroptimist Week is hereby celebrated to give focus to the improvement of the lives of women and girls, help women achieve economic and political equality, provide outstanding leadership and development opportunities for women in local communities. This year, the Soroptimists led by president Melba Tan, will hold various activities such as motorcade, anti-VAWC advocacy campaign, feeding, livelihood and environment projects in identified barangays in Bacolod City.
Councilor El Cid Familiaran resolved in the midweek session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, to extend free tuition and matriculation fees of children of Day Care workers, health workers, barangay nutrition scholars, child development workers, and barangay tanods, who are enrolled at the Bacolod City College (BCC).
Familiaran cited Paragraph (c) 2 of Article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic and Cultural Rights which states that, "higher education shall be made equally accessible to all on the basis of CAPACITY, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the PROGRESSIVE INTRODUCTION OF FREE EDUCATION."
Also Paragraph (3) of Section 2 of Article XIV of the 1987 Philippine Constitution states that, "the State shall establish and maintain a system of scholarship grants, …and OTHER INCENTIVES which shall be available to deserving students in both public and private schools, ESPECIALLY TO THE UNDER-PRIVILEGED."
Acting City Director Edgardo O. Ordaniel yesterday said around 600 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel shall be deployed to ensure that this year’s MassKara Festival and Charter Day celebration will be peaceful and orderly to both local and visiting tourists.
As the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation, Inc. bared the events and schedules for this year’s festivities, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella together with Committee on History and Culture and Arts Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Festival Director Rhoderick Samonte assured the audience that they will also heighten security measures with more deployed policemen. Puentevella also emphasized that he had asked the help of other agencies to help the Bacolod City Police Office in their duties to uphold peace and order and at the same time, thanked the PNP and the Philippine Army for their continued support.
"MassKara will never be successful without the implementation of proper peace and order," Puentevella said.
Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez said it’s "hard to speculate" on what will happen to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as "pork barrel," or how such abolition would be undertaken.
Benitez said as of Wednesday night, his colleagues at the House of Representatives had no specific decision on the matter, despite the previous announcement of President Aquino that he wants to abolish the PDAF.
The lawmakers are still discussing about their alternatives, or their options, should PDAF be abolished, he added.
Police authorities in Calatrava town confiscated an improvised firearm and ammunitions in a raid conducted early yesterday morning in one of the barangays in the municipality.
SPO1’s Edsel Villanueva and Joselito Corpin with PO3’s Rodillo Taganile and Sixto Saquilabon Jr seized an improvised gun with three live ammunitions for caliber .357 from Rosaleo Mahinay.
Mayor Monico Puentevella along with Kasadya Foundation Chair Rhoderick Samonte and Brilyante’ s prime mover Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue led the press conference to announce the various activities of the MassKara 2013 Festival, at the grand lobby of the New Government Center yesterday morning. Also present were the various sponsors and stakeholders of the festival.
Mayor Monico Puentevella led the press conference at the grand lobby of the New Government Center yesterday. Kasadya Foundation Chair Rhoderick Samonte laid down the festival highlights and what people should expect during the festival.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Samonte presented the draft schedule of activities that will start from October 1 to 20.
The Kasadya Foundation is working on a minimal budget but is trying its best to make this year’s festival distinct from the other festivals that Bacolod had, now on its 75th year.
Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya told members of the media and stakeholders that they are supporting the mayor’s call for unity and support for the upcoming MassKara Festival 2013.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
SPM Jocelle Batapa-Sigue also told members of the media that Brilyante as a private group is pooling resources to put up activities that will contribute to the history of the city.