SEP
11
2017

Use tokhang budget to address PNP lack of 24,647 vehicles, 91,804 guns

Senate President Pro -Tempore Ralph Recto said the P900 million proposed 2018 “tokhang” budget of the Philippine National Police should remain with the agency but “rechanneled for the purchase of needed equipment.” Recto said that the PNP itself has admitted that it lacks 12,399
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SEP
09
2017

Gov’t drug treatment centers poised to get P2 B cut

The proposed Department of Health budget for next year’s operations of government-run drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centers will get a massive P2.31 billion cut under the 2018 national budget bill. The DOH has a proposed gross 2018 budget of P164.8 billion, 9 percent up
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SEP
06
2017

100K arrested for drugs boost BJMP jail pop to 150K

Inmate population in 466 Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-run jails in the country soared to 142,282 by end of last June, doubling since 2013, or in just 42 months. This rapid rise, according to Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, is putting a strain on state
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SEP
04
2017

No need for supplemental budget, include Bangon Marawi fund in nat’l budget

Marawi has given Mindanao “knowledge and power” worth hundreds of billions of pesos that any amount government will spend to rehabilitate the war-ravaged city by the lake will only be a fraction of what it has given to Mindanao for more than half a century. Senate President
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SEP
03
2017

Congress to allot P3 B to bring 7,000 schools’ out of the dark age’

The proposed budget to bring electricity to public schools will jump nine-fold to almost P3 billion next year, a crucial step in bringing an estimated 7,413 schools “out of the dark ages,” Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said today. One in six government elementary and
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SEP
03
2017

Higher financial aid eyed for ‘2 battalions’ of Marawi wounded

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto today called for additional budget for the care and financial reward for the “more than one thousand soldiers wounded” in the battle to liberate Marawi City from terrorists. “If the injuries sustained by the wounded are so severe that they
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SEP
01
2017

Recto: DepED feeding budget gets boost, but DSWD’s will be put on a diet

The proposed DSWD budget for feeding malnourished kids will be cut by P1 billion, and Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has warned officials to be ready with a good explanation “on why they will put this good program on a diet.” Recto said that under next year’s national
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SEP
01
2017

Recto to PNP: If you have money for P.5 M dogs, you certainly have for body cams

If the Philippine National Police (PNP) was able to ask for, and was given, funds to buy 48 bomb-sniffing dogs at a cost of P511,672 each, then it should also request funds for the acquisition of body cams for policemen, to be drawn from a P5.6 billion police modernization fund
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AUG
26
2017

Gov’t told to hold job fairs for engineers to end talent shortage, project delays

Government agencies with a “build, build, build” mission have been told to hold a job fair in order to fill the vacancies in engineering and other construction-related positions which have been blamed for the slowdown of infrastructure projects. The proposal was made by Senate
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