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SEP
03
2017

Congress to allot P3 B to bring 7,000 schools’ out of the dark age’

The proposed budget to bring electricity to public schools will jump nine-fold to almost P3 billion next year, a crucial step in bringing an estimated 7,413 schools “out of the dark ages,” Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today. One in six government elementary and
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SEP
03
2017

Higher financial aid eyed for ‘2 battalions’ of Marawi wounded

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto today called for additional budget for the care and financial reward for the “more than one thousand soldiers wounded” in the battle to liberate Marawi City from terrorists. “If the injuries sustained by the wounded are so severe that they
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SEP
01
2017

Recto: DepED feeding budget gets boost, but DSWD’s will be put on a diet

The proposed DSWD budget for feeding malnourished kids will be cut by P1 billion, and Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has warned officials to be ready with a good explanation “on why they will put this good program on a diet.” Recto said that under next year’s national
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SEP
01
2017

Recto to PNP: If you have money for P.5 M dogs, you certainly have for body cams

If the Philippine National Police (PNP) was able to ask for, and was given, funds to buy 48 bomb-sniffing dogs at a cost of P511,672 each, then it should also request funds for the acquisition of body cams for policemen, to be drawn from a P5.6 billion police modernization fund
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AUG
26
2017

Gov’t told to hold job fairs for engineers to end talent shortage, project delays

Government agencies with a “build, build, build” mission have been told to hold a job fair in order to fill the vacancies in engineering and other construction-related positions which have been blamed for the slowdown of infrastructure projects. The proposal was made by Senate
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AUG
23
2017

Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America

Our soon-to-be man in Washington DC is no babe in the woods in US affairs. Though principally based in Manila, he has enough contacts in the American capital that he can be considered a Beltway insider. So wide is his network, I was told, that should Trump drain the swamp, those
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AUG
22
2017

Recto: Lapena must hit collection goal, hit hard smugglers which Duterte says steal P165 B a year

Isidro Lapena, the newly-appointed Customs commissioner, “has no time be an OJT and should hit the ground running after a P1.28 billion daily collection goal” that is vital to government operations. This was pointed out by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, who said that
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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
19
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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