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Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and Rep. Evelio Leonardia led the cutting of the ribbons to officially  open the BASAAR yesterday*
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Opening of BSAAR to
create new growth

The 10.12-kilometer Bacolod Silay Airport Access Road (BSAAR) that opened yesterday afternoon will create new growth areas that will further boost the economy, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said.

The P415.8-million BSAAR, that cuts through sugarcane fields, includes six bridges and five road intersections with traffic lights. It starts in Bacolod City, traverses through Talisay City, and ends in Silay City reducing travel time to the airport to 10 minutes, from the present 30 to 25 minutes through the coastal road.

At high speed one can get to the airport through BSAAR in five minutes, Benitez said.moremoremore

House inquiry on raw
sugar tax set to start


The House Committee on Ways and Means is set to conduct an investigation into the Bureau of Internal Revenues’ Revenue Regulation No. 13-2013 that imposes Value Added Tax on raw sugar, when Congress resumes its sessions, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday.

The first hearing of House Bill 00052, an act strengthening the sugarcane industry by establishing the industry development fund, which he authored, is also set to be heard by the House Committee on Agriculture and Food also when Congress resumes, he added.

Benitez said Congress is supposed to resume sessions on November 18 but there are moves to postpone it to allow officials to focus on relief work in super typhoon Yolanda hit areas.moremoremore

3 Negros cities
give assistance

The three cities of the third district of Negros Occidental are donating P750,000 to aid the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday.

Donating P250,000 each on their own initiative are the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias, he said.

“They are showing the bayanihan spirit by helping our brothers in times of need,” Benitez added.

Benitez said the Visayan Bloc congressmen yesterday also sent 60,000 relief packs for distribution in Leyte and Samar.moremoremore

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