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AUG
20
2017

PNP must justify P1B request for Tokhang II

I expect that the review of the events on that fateful night in Caloocan which led to the death of a young man will be pursued in many fronts. Kian’s life was ended so dastardly that it has united the nation in anger and grief. This national pain can only be salved by the
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AUG
20
2017

Judy’s permanent replacement faces Congress grilling on P9.5 B budget hike, P1 B cut in feeding program

The next permanent head of the Department of Social Welfare and Development must be “a quick study” who must not only grip the reins of a big-budgeted agency fast, but also expertly defend before Congress its proposed P137.5 billion budget for 2018. “The budget hearings will
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AUG
20
2017

Recto: Digong seeks P422 M for single gov’t website to let people get permits, services online

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto is backing President Duterte’s request to Congress to appropriate P422 million “for the development of a centralized portal allowing individuals to make transactions – from filling out forms to payment – online.” The chief executive made
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AUG
17
2017

Recto: Big job, mega-billion budget, 29 M clients await new DSWD chief

The next DSWD secretary should be in the mold of the 10 women who had held that post since 1986. If tradition is to be followed, there’s a high bar to be met in choosing the head of an agency that helps those who have fallen through the cracks of society. Recite their names and
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AUG
16
2017

Prepared speech of Senator Recto in support of DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo’s confirmation : ‘To Serve the People’

This is the speech Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto that was scheduled to deliver if the confirmation hearings on Secretary Judy Taguiwalo had advanced to CA plenary for voting ‘To Serve the People’ Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Prof. Judy Taguiwalo as
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AUG
16
2017

Nat’l budget to jump P1 trillion in 2 yrs but bugged by “underspending, over-appropriations”

The national budget will jump to P3.767 trillion in 2018, or by P1 trillion, from its 2016 level of 2.682 trillion, and Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto doubts if agencies have the capacity “to spend their allocations, which essentially are taxes collected from the
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AUG
15
2017

DFA’s OFW help fund to jump 140 percent, to P1.2 billion

Still not enough, Recto says, as he bats for single tally of all OFW aid funds The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) fund to assist OFWs in distress will jump two-and-half times to P1 billion in 2018, while a legal fund, also managed by the DFA, will double to P200 million,
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AUG
14
2017

Slow project implementation casts pall on ‘build, build, build’ –Recto

Government’s capacity to “build, build, build” infrastructure will be tested by a review of how fast it is building the roads, classrooms, irrigation, hospitals funded by the current year’s budget, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said. Recto said the Senate review of the
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AUG
13
2017

Give quick-reaction fund to embassies in war-threatened countries—Recto

Seoul post’s P109 M budget less than 1% of P28 B SoKor OFWs sent in 3 yrs Philippine embassies in conflict-threatened countries should be given a “quick reaction fund” that would allow them to bring Filipinos out of harm’s way once a crisis becomes full-blown, Senate
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AUG
11
2017

Palace must fix Customs mess or gov’t programs suffer

Nation dependent on P1.3 B BOC daily collections; Palace must fix Customs mess or gov’t programs suffer The Bureau of Customs collects revenues which fund public services that we all enjoy. When it fails in its collection, government programs falter. When taxes it is
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