Action urged on thousands of gov’t nurses facing ‘endo’

12 November 2016, Comment are Off
Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto is rallying his colleagues “to rescue the thousands of Department of Health jobs in peril” as the proposed 2017 budget for the DOH’s grassroots manpower deployment program will not be able to retain the number of personnel currently hired. Recto...

Recto: Next year’s P37-B Calamity Fund silent on unfinished Yolanda work

11 November 2016, Comment are Off
Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto today called for the itemization of Yolanda reconstruction projects in next year’s proposed P37.2 billion Calamity Fund “in order to complete all rehabilitation work by end of 2017.” “There is still much work to be done in Eastern Visayas but...

Recto: US snub must prod PH to tap local arms industry

02 November 2016, Comment are Off
The thwarted sale of assault rifles to the Philippine National Police (PNP) should prompt the government to jumpstart a program to locally manufacture arms and military equipment, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said today. “It is a wake-up call for us to stop totally relying...

From the Farmers to the Farmers: Tapping Coco Levy Funds for the Industry’s Renaissance

09 March 2015, Comment are Off
There are two recommended ways of authorizing the management of coconut levy assets. First is via the executive route, where a factotum who cannot probably distinguish a palmera from a coconut tree will draft an order for the President’s consideration. The other is through...

Making Tax Incentives Transparent

03 March 2015, Comment are Off
Committee Report No. 104  Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act (TIMTA) You know that a bill is attracting interest when you begin your sponsorship speech not with the details of the measure but with a disclaimer. This bill will not appropriate tax incentives availed; it...

Time to Boost Govt Spending for Oral Health: A State of the Ngipin Address (SONA)

26 February 2015, Comment are Off
“Para Sa Batang Pinoy” 2015 National Congress on Oral Health for Filipino Children Philippine Pediatric Dental Society, Inc. Thank you for that kind introduction. Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. I am supposed to be in a meeting that will establish the Mamasapano...

Addition to the ‘Few Good Men’ in the BOC

16 September 2011, Comment are Off
The appointment of former Rep. Ruffy Biazon to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) could be one of the best decisions made by PNoy. This latest increase in few good men in the BOC is the one increment that would be gladly embraced by the public. Ruffy is an unblemished reinforcement to...