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...

117th Philippine Independence Day Celebration

17 June 2015, Comment are Off
Plaza La Independencia, Lipa City Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. Ang Lipa at ang buong Batangas ay duyan ng magiting. Sino mang may duda ay kailangan lamang titigan ang ating bandila, at tingnan ang kanyang araw, sapagkat ang isa sa walong silahis ay kumakatawan sa isa sa...

Claro M. Recto District Hospital Inauguration

12 June 2015, Comment are Off
Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. Meron pong kasabihan na kung ano pa ang maganda ay s’yang malayo, at kung ano pa ang kanais-nais ay s’yang mahirap abutin. Ganyan po ang napakagandang bayan ng Infanta. Siguro iniluklok ito dito upang pawiin ang pagod ng sinumang dumayo para...

Giving Hope to the PAGASA of the Nation

10 June 2015, Comment are Off
SPONSORSHIP SPEECH ON THE PAGASA MODERNIZATION ACT by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto In one sentence, this bill is about giving hope to PAGASA. Whether we live in a place that sizzles in May or is submerged in water in July, we rely on the Philippine Atmospheric,...

On the return of the youngest member of the Senate

18 August 2015, Comment are Off
I am looking forward to working with the youngest member of the Senate. With our agenda full, hard labor awaits him here.  With his experience, he can certainly enrich the discussions on the budget and the BBL. It is also worth noting that his liberty came on the 70th anniversary...

Set award date or get Medal of Vacillation – Recto

09 August 2015, Comment are Off
To stop all speculations, the PNP should state what will be awarded, who will be awarded, and when will it be awarded – and make sure that when the date is set, it will push through “time on target.” They must make the announcement soon before someone nominates them for a Medal...

On higher LRT fares, longer campaign period, and Mar’s resignation

04 August 2015, Comment are Off
On the proposed LRT fare increase: It should go through public hearings or at the very least the people must be told the need, the justification and the legal basis. Most important, fare hike proponents must explain what improvements will a fare increase bring. What are the...