P1,000 hike in gov’t workers’ ‘OOTD’ allowance assured

25 September 2017, Comment are Off
The annual clothing allowance of 1.12 million civilian national government employees will increase to P6,000 next year, from the current P5,000, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. The P1,000 hike for the purchase of what Recto describes as the “civil servant’s...

Recto: Rental budget of gov’t offices shoots up to P17.4 B

23 September 2017, Comment are Off
Like a family scouting for its first home, government should explore “rent-to-own” options for offices it rents to the tune of billions of pesos a year, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. “There should be a plan in which chosen government offices can graduate from...

Salalima resignation should not lead to “low-batt, offline” implementation of ICT projects, reforms

22 September 2017, Comment are Off
The resignation of DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima should not lead to the “low-batt, offline” implementation of projects and reforms in the ICT (information and communications technology) sector, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said today. “After power and water,...

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of Education Secretary Leonor Briones

15 March 2017, Comment are Off
Mr. Chairman, my dear colleagues: My nominee was my teacher at the UP College of Public Administration many moons ago. Whenever we meet, I never fail to call her “my favorite teacher,” to which she replies, and always in a loud voice for everyone to hear, that I was her favorite...

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...

Infra boom needs a builder-in-chief ‘Focus on infra, pivot from helmet presidency to hardhat presidency’

25 July 2017, Comment are Off
A SONA is a report card for the past year, and explains the homework for the next year. Unfortunately, the theatrics can get in the way of the tasks. A SONA is a report card for the past year, and explains the homework for the next year. Unfortunately, the theatrics can get in...

Statement of Senator Ralph Recto on Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao

24 May 2017, Comment are Off
Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao is a drastic and dramatic move. The solution needed to suppress the Abu Sayyaf and the Maute groups may need a drastic and dramatic move. I don’t have all the facts now but the President will have to explain his move to Congress and get our...

Recto: MMDA’s ‘odd-even’ plan symptomatic of adhoc approach to traffic

08 March 2017, Comment are Off
MMDA should study carefully if its new “Windows 2” software to decongest EDSA traffic would work. It better run tabletop simulations and calculations if the new odd-scheme for vehicles could indeed be the relief that we have all been waiting for. It should employ...