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

16 August 2017, Comment are Off
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...

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

15 August 2017, Comment are Off
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,...

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

14 August 2017, Comment are Off
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...

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

16 August 2017, Comment are Off
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...

Sponsorship Speech: First 1,000 Days Bill

07 August 2017, Comment are Off
“Kung ang bata ay kulang sa timbang, tayo ang may pagkukulang” It has been said that politicians love to kiss babies when they run for office. But kiss them goodbye the moment they’re elected. If babies only know how to throw tantrums through tweets, or if they could...

Senate Bill 1483: Fiscal and Monetary Report Act of 2017

31 July 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. President: To join the economic cluster of the Cabinet is to become a travelling salesman. Membership in that team means one must travel tens of thousands of miles a year to attract billions in investments, or to borrow money in the billions. A Finance secretary hawks bonds...

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

17 August 2017, Comment are Off
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...

Recto thanks ‘teacher-in-chief’ for signing tuition law, says funding, implementation must be ironed out

04 August 2017, Comment are Off
I would like to thank the country’s teacher-in-chief for signing into law the free college tuition bill. This law occupies a place among landmark social legislations. If a teacher affects eternity, so does a president who removes obstacles to learning. By signing the law, he is...

Statement on signing of laws extending validity of passports and driver’s licenses

02 August 2017, Comment are Off
Extending validity of licenses, passports shouldn’t make them more expensive I would like to thank President Duterte for signing into law the bills extending the period of validity of a passport to 10 years, and that of a driver’s license to five years. These are anti-red tape...