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...

Explanation of Vote on Paris Climate Treaty

14 March 2017, Comment are Off
‘No Other Treaty Is More Important Than The One For Mankind’s Survival’ Explanation of Vote on the Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Paris Climate Treaty, by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto Mr. President, my dear colleagues: First, allow me to thank and...

‘Why It Is Hard and Heartless to Veto a P3,000 PERA for Public Workers’

13 March 2017, Comment are Off
One item in the government employee payslip turns 26 this year. In June 1991, pursuant to that year’s General Appropriations Act, a Personnel Economic Relief Allowance in the amount of P500 a month was granted to all government employees. Two years later, an “Additional...

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...

‘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...

‘ERC needed to police power industry. Change the people, don’t abolish it’

21 November 2016, Comment are Off
Change the people, but do not abolish the body. Improve it, reform it, but do not dismantle it. Change the software, upgrade the hardware. Then reboot. The ERC must stay to police the electricity market. Somebody should blow the whistle on anti-competitive practices in an...

Scientists, not bureaucrats, must greenlight BNPP rehab – Recto

12 November 2016, Comment are Off
The greenlight to rehabilitate must come from scientists, based on an unassailable study whose conclusion is that a dead plant can be safely resurrected beyond reasonable doubt. It should be a science-based decision, and not because someone has a “lightbulb” moment and then...