Recto to Palace: Include cost of free public college in 2018 nat’l budget

30 May 2017, Comment are Off
After both houses of Congress ratified the reconciled version of the bill making tuition in public colleges free, Malacañang should include the cost of the program in the 2018 national budget. The call was made by Sen. Ralph Recto, author of the bill, who said that without funds...

Tap local industries in modernizing the military before touching that $500-million loan

16 May 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today cautioned the Duterte administration against the reported plan to take on the $500-million loan being offered by the Chinese government to modernize the Philippine military. “We must stop relying on foreign suppliers to modernize the...

Recto sponsors P3,000 ‘PERA’ for gov’t employees

14 March 2017, Comment are Off
Government employees, whether regular or casual, may soon find a raise in their monthly pay slip if the Senate adopts the recommendation of its committee increasing the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) from P2,000 to P3,000. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has...

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...

The Importance of a Department of Information and Communications Technology

24 February 2015, Comment are Off
1st General Membership Meeting INFOCOMM TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (ITAP) Thank you for that kind introduction, even if midway through your spiel, I was wondering if you were describing me or someone else. When I got hold of your invite, the first impression that...

Statement of Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto on the scrapping of PDAF (pork barrel)

22 August 2013, Comment are Off
I support the scrapping of PDAF. However, the entire national budget should be more transparent. All projects should be by line item in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) so every local government, district and community will know where the money is spent and what to expect. We...

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...