DEC
18
2016

Recto: CHED row won’t affect easy-to-implement 8B tuition fund

The senator who sponsored the free public college tuition clause in the 2017 national budget today assuaged fears of “unenlightened bureaucrats” that it will may be hard to spend the P8 billion allocation to cover basic matriculation of close to 1 million students of state
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DEC
07
2016

On the Confirmation of the Appointment of NEDA Director General Ernesto M. Pernia

Mr. President, my dear colleagues: It has been said that if the ship of state were an ancient balangay, then it is the president who steers; the Cabinet men, row; but it is the head of NEDA who charts the course. Or if you want an analogy millennials can understand, he is the
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DEC
02
2016

Recto: Signing of IRR on PWD law “strongest indicator that Palace has abandoned tax plan to revoke PWD privileges”

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto has hailed today’s signing of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10754 “as a good gift to this sector this season.” Recto is the Senate principal author of the measure which grants tax breaks to persons with
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DEC
02
2016

Problem hiring? Tap millennials to fill 6,000 COA vacancies—Recto

The Commission on Audit (COA), the taxpayer’s whistleblower, should be promoted as a “premier destination” for “talented and idealistic millennials” who would like “to do good by going into government service.“ Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto suggested this “recruitment tack”
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DEC
01
2016

Free tuition looms for 1 M state college students; Recto amendment gives P5.7 B to SUCs for new bldgs

Close to a million students of state colleges and universities (SUCs) will not pay tuition next year if Minority Leader Ralph Recto’s amendment to the 2017 national budget to exempt them from basic matriculation will be carried in the final version of the P3.35 trillion spending
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DEC
01
2016

Senate hikes DOLE’s OFW repatriation fund to P100 M, but Recto wants P1.5 B to help distressed Pinoys abroad

The Senate has adopted Minority Leader Ralph Recto’s proposal for the creation of a P100-million “emergency repatriation fund” in the national budget to be used by the Labor secretary to bring home distressed OFWs next year. Recto, however, challenged administration lawmakers to
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NOV
26
2016

Recto optimistic on hiked funding to combat malnutrition

Senators spearheading the bicameral push to increase the per meal budget of free school lunches are optimistic that the Senate version of the 2017 national budget would carry their proposal. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto based his optimism on the admission by heads of the
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NOV
25
2016

Duterte administration could spend up to P26.7 trillion in 6 years

The Duterte administration is forecast to spend P26.7 trillion in six years in power, and Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto wants government to link the rise in expenditures with the decrease in the number of the poor, the hungry and the unemployed. Recto described next year’s
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NOV
24
2016

Minority seeks cuts in budget for travel, utilities, representation, non-essential overhead 

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto is pushing for a minimum 10 percent cut in the bureaucracy’s cellphone, electricity, travel, gasoline, advertising, and other non-essential expenses, which he said would free billions for health and other social services. Recto manifested this
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