Rice policy should not bloat P172 B NFA liabilities

14 February 2018, Comment are Off
As it grapples with ways to satisfy the “unli-rice needs” of 106.5 million Filipinos, the government should see to it that the solution should not further bloat the P172 billion liabilities of the National Food Authority, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. “The...

2.5 M tons of rice lost to poor postharvest, enough to feed 14 M Pinoys

12 February 2018, Comment are Off
About 17 percent of palay harvest is lost to absent or poor post-harvest facilities and practices yearly, resulting in a wastage of about two and a half million metric tons of rice—enough to meet the annual rice needs of Metro Manila, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto...

If they were a company, P40 B remittance of Pinoys in Kuwait puts them in Top 40

12 February 2018, Comment are Off
The quarter of a million Filipinos in Kuwait sent home P40.6 billion last year, an amount which, if they were a company, would have ranked them the Philippines’ 37th biggest in terms of gross revenues, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. If you add up their remittances...

Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America

23 August 2017, Comment are Off
Our soon-to-be man in Washington DC is no babe in the woods in US affairs. Though principally based in Manila, he has enough contacts in the American capital that he can be considered a Beltway insider. So wide is his network, I was told, that should Trump drain the swamp, those...

Prepared speech of Senator Recto in support of DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo’s confirmation : ‘To Serve the People’

16 August 2017, Comment are Off
This is the speech Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto that was scheduled to deliver if the confirmation hearings on Secretary Judy Taguiwalo had advanced to CA plenary for voting ‘To Serve the People’ Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Prof. Judy Taguiwalo as...

Sponsorship Speech: First 1,000 Days Bill

07 August 2017, Comment are Off
“Kung ang bata ay kulang sa timbang, tayo ang may pagkukulang” It has been said that politicians love to kiss babies when they run for office. But kiss them goodbye the moment they’re elected. If babies only know how to throw tantrums through tweets, or if they could...

GDP growth must be felt by the stomach, create jobs

23 January 2018, Comment are Off
Statement of Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto on the Philippine Economic Report Card The Philippine economic report card for 2017 deserves a grade of “A.” The impressive performance validates the prudence of sustaining the game-changing reforms initiated in the past....

A noisy press is the soundtrack of democracy

17 January 2018, Comment are Off
For democracy to thrive, a free and untrammelled press is essential. To put a muzzle on independent reporting is to limit the exchange of ideas essential to good governance. Citizens, whether they blog to their community or broadcast to the country, should not be deprived of this...

‘Sycip was keeper of national ledger who told us that our assets are bigger than our liabilities’

09 October 2017, Comment are Off
The country has many Taipans but one true business titan, and that was Washington Sycip. His counsel was most sought after, his advice prized, that even among competing interests he was a shared resource, because having his name on the board is in itself a seal of good...