Recto: Price freeze in fees, recyclable permits, exempt one-man firms from fire fees

22 February 2018, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today hailed the passage by both houses of Congress of a “reinforced” anti-red tape bill designed to spare businesses from spending billions of pesos and millions of man-hours yearly to comply with government licensing procedures. Although...

If we can buy P18 B ships, we can afford PH-made Pasig River ferry boats, hospital ships, coastal patrols

20 February 2018, Comment are Off
For a fraction of the P18 billion price tag of two Navy frigates, the country can buy locally-made Pasig River ferry boats, floating hospitals, environmental patrol boats, and other ships needed by a disaster-prone archipelago where half of the towns lie along the coast. The call...

Tap huge OFW talent pool to end gov’t ‘technical deficit’

14 February 2018, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has advised government to look at returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in filling tens of thousands of vacant jobs in the bureaucracy and in government-funded “build, build, build” projects. From schools to the police to...

Ease of Doing Business Must Lead to Easy-on-the-Pocket Expenses

22 February 2018, Comment are Off
Explanation of Vote: Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto I am voting in the affirmative, Mr. President, with the manifestation that to further improve the bill, three provisions should be...

Speech On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

07 February 2018, Comment are Off
Mr. President, my dear colleagues: The nominee is my seatmate in the Arroyo Cabinet, which was when I saw how good a doctor he is. When I dug into a bag of chicharon, he never lectured me about cholesterol; when wine was served, he saw to it that my glass was always full; and...

Feeding Bill : A Recipe Vs Rising GNP – Gutom na Pilipino

06 February 2018, Comment are Off
National Child Feeding Program: One Recipe Against Rising GNP – Gutom na Pilipino Explanation of Vote Speech on Senate Bill 1279: Masustansyang Pagkain Para sa Batang Pilipino by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto* The good news is that our GDP is increasing. The bad...

With WPS fenced off, ‘east Phil seas’, Benham can be food, fuel source

07 February 2018, Comment are Off
Statement of Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto I support President Duterte’s pivot in Benham Rise. With the West Philippine Sea effectively fenced off, we have to look to the “east Philippine seas” for our food and fuel. If there’s an impregnable Great Wall of Sand from...

Puno panel must crowdsource wisdom of the people

26 January 2018, Comment are Off
The Puno committee is a league of extraordinary gentlemen. It should be able to meet the people’s expectation of an output that is far from ordinary. The President is right in forming a study group on the Constitution whose members cannot be tempted to propose amendments tailored...

Stop IS from turning P2 B loot into BBL – bombs, bullets, landmines

24 January 2018, Comment are Off
Statement of Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto Government must exert all efforts in seeing to it that the fruit of the loot will not harm a single Filipino. Intelligence funds appropriated, which are in the billions of pesos, should be used to follow the money. If some...