“No PhilHealth ID, No Benefits” policy scrapped – Recto

20 December 2016, Comment are Off
The Senate has included a provision in the 2017 national budget cancelling the need for patients seeking treatment in hospitals to present a PhilHealth card as a condition to avail of benefits from the state health insurer. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said the scrapping of...

Recto: Digong’s foreign policy motto should be “Friend to all, subservient to no one”

20 December 2016, Comment are Off
The Philippines would be better off pivoting to an independent foreign policy position than siding with any of the big powers. “Our motto should be : ‘Friend to all, but subservient to none.’ In other words, amity to all, hostility to no one,” Recto said. Recto said foreign...

Senate hikes by P1 B DSWD budget for free daycare meals

18 December 2016, Comment are Off
The Senate had added P1 billion to the children’s feeding budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, raising the amount to P4.427 billion, to enable the agency to serve one hot meal daily to 1.74 million 2 to 4 year olds for 120 days next year. Although he was...

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...

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...

Statement of Sen. Ralph G. Recto on Immediate Convening of Bicameral Panels on ‘Family Care Act’ & ‘AFVI’

30 January 2013, Comment are Off
The Senate now anticipates the naming of their counterparts from the House of Representatives to the bicameral conference committee that would reconcile conflicting provisions of the “Family Care Act” and the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Incentives Act (AFVI). The twin measures have...

Statement on Tax Exemptions of International Air Carriers SBN 3065

02 February 2012, Comment are Off
OPENING STATEMENT OF SEN. RALPH G. RECTO COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS PUBLIC HEARING FEB. 2, 2012 SBN 3065 – Tax Exemptions of International Air Carriers First on our agenda is Senate Bill 3065, which seeks to abolish the 3% Common Carriers Tax (CCT) and the 2 ½ % Gross...

Statement of Sen. Ralph Recto on the recent violent events in Muslim Mindanao

25 October 2011, Comment are Off
The doves have prevailed over the hawks. The President has demonstrated a great amount of grace under pressure in choosing to wage peace instead of turning ‘juramentado’ in the wake of fresh violence in Muslim Mindanao, which resulted to the sorry loss of lives of soldiers and...