Recto appeals to budget Bicam: Don't touch P2.5 B hike for senior pension
December 1, 2015
The House-Senate panel that will hammer out the final version of the 2016 national budget met today with a Senate leader appealing to his House counterparts to leave the P2.5 billion the Senate has added to the budget for indigent seniors pension untouched. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto said senators hiked the appropriation for financial aid to senior citizens to P10 billion, from
National government plans to collect P40 billion in “fees and charges” for permits and licenses next year, prompting Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto to call for the publication of an online “Feesbook”, detailing the cost and time needed to get the documents.
Included in the 2016 national budget the Senate approved on Thursday is a P6.78 billion allocation to place 2.8 million senior citizens under PhilHealth coverage, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today.
Also funded by the P3 trillion spending measure is the P7.51 billion required to grant a P 6,000 annual aid to 1,182,914 million indigent 60 year olds and above, he added.
Recto said the P6.78 billion for the medical insurance of seniors is part of the P43.84 billion that government will spend next year for insurance premiums of 18.24 million poor households.
The funding complies with Republic Act 10645, which Recto authored, which makes mandatory the automatic PhilHealth membership of the country’s senior citizens.
Under the implementing rules of the law, seniors need not present a PhilHealth card, only a valid ID proving identity and age, to avail themselves of PhiIHealth benefits. ... See MoreSee Less
The Senate will likely restore the P3 billion cut in the proposed 2016 budget of 114 state universities and colleges (SUCs) and on top of this, add P6 billion in tuition aid and scholarship grants for their 1.3 million students.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto had sponsored the amendments authorizing these increases which he expects to be carried in the Senate version of the P3.001 trillion 2016 budget expected to be approved this afternoon.
The P3 billion will be for capital outlays. Capital outlays refer to buildings, infrastructure, equipment, land, and other asset-creating expenditures. It will be distributed equally among the 114 SUCs nationwide (P26.3 million each).
It would be up to a state college or university where to spend the capital outlay funds given to it. It can be science laboratory, classrooms, computers or dormitories (except for motor vehicles).
This year, the amount authorized for SUC capital outlays in the national budget is P8.78 billion. But this was reduced to P5.72 billion in the proposed budget Malacañang had sent to Congress.
Sen. Recto justified the P3 billion augmentation, describing it as “one-fourth of what we spent for the APEC summit.” ... See MoreSee Less
The Senate last night terminated its plenary deliberation on the proposed P3 Trillion National Budget for 2016. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto, vice chairman of the Finance committee, has ably defended the budgets of the following departments and their attached agencies : Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Finance (DOF), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Department of Tourism (DOT). Photo shows Recto presenting the budget of DOF, with DOF Sec. Cesar Purisima and DBM Sec. Florencio Abad in the gallery. (photo by Alex Nuevaespana of PRIB) ... See MoreSee Less
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto is a competent, dedicated and diplomatic public servant. His devotion to family and community, unrelenting desire to make a better life for others, consummate passion for his work, and interactive leadership style serve as the firm foundation upon which he built a reputation as a young and committed leader whether as a legislator or a national executive.