To secure funding, answer security questions, broadband project must be in ‘18 budget

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto is backing the government’s plan to build a national broadband network by 2020, saying such “critical infrastructure is needed for the country to win the future.” To jumpstart its rollout, Recto is urging main proponent Department of...

Recto bats for Benham Rise protection strategy

12 March 2017, Comment are Off
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto today called on the executive department to immediately craft a comprehensive strategy aimed at protecting Benham Rise, a 13-million-hectare underwater plateau off the coast of Aurora, from foreign incursion. “No ifs or buts. The...

Dads may get 30-day share of Expanded Maternity Leave

07 March 2017, Comment are Off
Due to ‘pasa-load’ provision Even men stand to gain from the bill expanding maternity benefits as it allows a mother to transfer to the father of the child up to 30 days of the 120 days of allowed maternity leave for child-care duties. This, according to Senate...

Free tuition is not an unrecoverable expense; it is an investment with a high return

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
Explanation of Vote of Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto On SB No. 1304 – Affordable Higher Education for All Act 13 March 2017 Mr. President, my dear colleagues: The costs this bill would entail are not unrecoverable expenses. They are investments with high...

‘If Internet Access is a Human Right, WiFi is a Basic Public Service’

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
It is my pleasure to finally vote on a bill which I first filed in May 2014. Although the Free National Wi-Fi Project is now in full swing by virtue of another legislative route—through three General Appropriations Acts, including this year’s—still the best way to guarantee its...

Explanation of Vote: Expanded Maternity Leave Act

06 March 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. President, my dear colleagues: A wag once said that if men were to get pregnant, “maternity leave would last for two years with full pay, and morning sickness would rank as the nation’s number one health problem.” Hopefully, the passage of this bill won’t lead to the mass...

‘Bad peace is better than just war’

05 February 2017, Comment are Off
A bad peace is always better than a just war. The two parties must be pulled back from the brink of reigniting the conflict. This would involve reconsidering incendiary statements issued during the past week, and revoking directives issued. It is never too late to give peace...

No Basis to Consider ML Declaration – Recto

16 January 2017, Comment are Off
We should know by now that such theatrical bombast is part of the President’s oratorical repertoire. His bluster should be likened to a dog that always barks but seldom bites. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the Philippines’ ASEAN Chairmanship launch at...

‘Agencies must spend the buck and not pass the buck’

27 November 2016, Comment are Off
There is an emerging bad habit among agencies to transfer their allocations to other agencies and then report such transactions as fund utilization. In the case of the Department of Transportation, this is the scheme resorted to in its unused budget for airport improvement...