Just 1 in 3 ‘Doctors to Barrios’ slots taken, Recto bats for ‘1 town, 1 doctor’ scholarships

22 November 2016, Comment are Off
Because only a third of the slots in its Doctors to the Barrios program are filled for lack of applicants, government has no choice but to produce its own doctors under a program in which scholars will repay tuition and other schooling expenses by serving in their hometowns for...

Minority wants Malampaya billions firewalled from Bataan nuke project

21 November 2016, Comment are Off
The Senate minority wants the P188 billion unspent government share from Malampaya and other energy projects “firewalled” from being used to finance the restarting of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). Minority Leader Ralph Recto said there should be “no funding...

Crossing party lines, senators give PNP equipment budget P5 billion boost

20 November 2016, Comment are Off
Senators have crossed party lines to boost the Philippine National Police’s equipment budget next year by P5 billion, so that policemen, in the words of Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto, “will be able to meet its guarantee of a 15-minute maximum response time to all distress...

3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit

19 February 2014, Comment are Off
Keynote Speech by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto 3rd Filipino Technopreneurship Summit SMX Convention Center, Pasay City Magandang hapon sa inyong lahat. Joey Concepcion complained to me that they’re having a hard time inviting lawmakers to their conferences. I told...

Sponsorship Speech on Senate Bill No. 2855 (Additional Relief to Families Act)

19 November 2013, Comment are Off
Sponsorship Speech by Sen. Ralph G. Recto Senate Bill No. 2855 (Additional Relief to Families Act) Mr. President, my esteemed colleagues: It is my privilege to sponsor a bill that honors the State’s commitment to strengthen the family as the foundation of the Filipino nation. I...

Co-Sponsorship Speech on the 2014 General Appropriations Bill

19 November 2013, Comment are Off
Co-Sponsorship Speech of Sen. Ralph G. Recto On the 2014 General Appropriations Bill Mr. President: This is an unconventional sponsorship speech but these are not ordinary times. When it comes to introducing the national budget, the parliamentary tradition is to rattle off a...