Javi Benitez wants new gov’t center, hospital, hosting in Victorias

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Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez is eyeing the construction of a new government center, city hospital and housing projects in Victorias City.

“We see the New Government Center as an economic driver and an economic hub. That is what we need in these times,” said Benitez.

The neophyte and youngest mayor of Negros Occidental said he will continue the plan started by the previous administration, adding that they are now focusing in a masterplan and proper design. (

“We are trying to do, as much as possible, to go as fast, as we can. But the plan should be good,” he added.

His uncle, Negros Occidental Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez (3rd district) has filed a bill establishing a hospital in Barangay XII, Victorias City.

The city mayor is reaching out to some of the key House leaders to help his uncle in securing funding for the medical facility.

The construction of the hospital will be done in phases as it will depend on the available budget, he added.

Meanwhile, Benitez said the city government, in tandem with the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development, is also putting up housing projects in the coastal and upland areas

He plans to build 6,000 housing units for informal settlers, particularly those in high-risk areas, according to him.