Palace should step in to avert “transport crisis” in Uber/Grab issue

19 July 2017, Comment are Off
Malacañang should treat the grounding of Uber and Grab cars in Metro Manila as a “transport crisis” comparable to a “total MRT breakdown or a paralyzing jeepney strike.” “In a mass transport-starved metropolis of 13 million, these ride-hailing companies provide a cruci...

Recto urges release of billions in Calamity Fund for Marawi City rehabilitation, aid to civilians

30 May 2017, Comment are Off
Malacañang has been urged to rush a “humanitarian army” to Marawi City and to nearby places where the “spillover of a massive wave of evacuees” are straining local resources to grant them comfort and aid, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. Recto said there are...

Congress approved bill making public WiFi not only free but fast

30 May 2017, Comment are Off
The free public WiFi bill which has been approved by Congress will not only make internet services available to all Filipinos, but will make sure that broadband services are faster and more efficient, its main proponent, Sen. Ralph Recto, said today. The bill is now headed to...

Don’t Let The Well Run Dry

25 March 2015, Comment are Off
WATER PHILIPPINES EXPO & CONFERENCE 2015 Securing, Shaping and Greening Our Water Future Through Innovation Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. Some of us today may have skipped breakfast, but I know that there were four things we surely did this morning: Drank water, brushed...

Future Proofing Our Country: Why DICT is an App We Need

16 March 2015, Comment are Off
Senate Bill No. 2686 Committee Report 113 Mr. President, my dear colleagues: This bill about broadband is not only being pushed by a broad band of groups, but has also benefited from their inputs which were gathered from many meetings. I have to stress the crowdsourcing way by...

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...

I rechanneled my PDAF to the Calamity Fund

09 January 2014, Comment are Off
Statement of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto I rechanneled my PDAF to the Calamity Fund It is of public record that I requested that the P200 million in PDAF earmarked for my office be realigned to the Calamity Fund so it can be used to help Yolanda victims. When...

“What about Santi?”

22 October 2013, Comment are Off
We would like to remind thenational government to also address the devastation caused by Santi. As of October 16, according to theNDRRMC itself, the only assistance coming from the central government wasthe P6.6 million worth of relief goods from the DSWD. I am sure,however, that...

Transform PDAF into ‘Priority Disaster Assistance Fund’

18 October 2013, Comment are Off
It is perhaps time to thaw the frozen pork and use it to help victims of the Visayas earthquake, Typhoon Santi and the siege of Zamboanga. Withheld PDAF can be converted into a Priority Disaster Assistance Fund. To effect the release, the Senate can issue a resolution authorizing...