SEP
30
2017

Put budget promises like 15-min PNP response, 40-kph MRT speed in ‘BOSS’

One post-budget enactment document the government can publish is a catalogue of performance guarantees issued by agencies, from how fast travellers should exit out of airport immigration queues to police response time. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, who made this
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SEP
29
2017

‘Extra judicial funding’ needed to fight crime, boost rule of law— Recto

One way to fight crime and keep communities safe is through “extra judicial funding” which will modernize courts and equip public attorneys and prosecutors with the resources that will reduce case backlogs and move the wheels of justice quickly, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph
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SEP
27
2017

Explanation of vote on Senate Resolution No. 508 (nominating Miriam Santiago for conferment of the Quezon Service Cross)

To borrow Kennedy, Senator Miriam’s mastery of the Constitution was awesome that when the best constitutional experts will be summoned to the Senate in the future, it can only be regarded as the greatest gathering of legal minds in one room, except when Senator Miriam dined alone
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SEP
27
2017

With 25,000 casuals, DSWD is ‘endo capital’ of gov’t – Recto

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today called for the initial doubling of the number of permanent job items in the Department of Social Welfare and Development— which he called the “contractualization capital” of the bureaucracy—due to its high number of temporary
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SEP
26
2017

Congested jails to run out of food money by October, Recto warns

About 150,000 inmates in 446 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-run jails in the country may face “a forced last quarter diet” as their food budget is expected to run out by mid-October due to the surge in the number of detainees locked up for drug offenses. Recto said BJMP’s
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SEP
25
2017

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

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
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SEP
23
2017

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

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
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SEP
22
2017

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

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,
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SEP
20
2017

Recto: DepEd needs new procurement ‘lesson plan’ to avoid failing grade

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said he feels sorry for his former teacher, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, as the “latter had inherited a culture of underspending and a broken system of procurement which delays the delivery of equipment and books.” “The present
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