AUG
02
2013

Barangay IRA hiked to P68.3 B next year

Share of the country’s 42,028 barangays from internal revenues will go up to P68.3 billion next year, or a P7.8 billion increase from this year’s P60.5 billion, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto revealed today. While some quarters have viewed this kitty as a major reason
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JUL
31
2013

On BOC reforms

The big picture is that Customs is under orders to collect P408 billion next year. That’s a P68 billion jump from their P340 billion quota this year. One peso in every five tax pesos that will be collected next year will come from the BoC. This can be viewed from another angle,
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JUL
30
2013

Gov’t to hire 33,194 teachers, build 43,183 classrooms, buy 42.6 M books next year

Senate President ProTempore Ralph Recto today described the proposed education budget for 2014 as a “big shopping cart of school supplies” that will close manpower and equipment gaps in public schools. Recto said the Department of Education will hire 33,194 teachers and 1,500
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JUL
28
2013

Dagdag na MMDA traffic enforcers at hazard pay inihirit ni Recto

Inihirit ngayon ni Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto ang agad na pag-recruit ng karagdagang 400 MMDA traffic enforcers na tutulong sa pagmamando ng daloy ng trapiko sa Metro Manila mula umaga hanggang gabi. Ayon kay Recto, matagal na panahon pa ang hihintayin natin bago
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JUL
28
2013

MMDA pledges 29 kph traffic flow, gets P1.2 B budget increase in 2014

The proposed budget of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for 2014 is P2.65 billion, or P1.2 billion higher than this year’s P1.48 billion. It is twice bigger than the P1.36 billion it got last year. The MMDA’s budget is booked in the national budget as Allocations to
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JUL
27
2013

Agency promissory notes like 5-minute fire response time included in ‘14 nat’l budget

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has praised Malacanang for the “makeover “ of the national budget, in which spending is linked to clear outcomes, “that even the five-minute response time of firefighters is now attached to the budget of the Bureau of Fire Protection as a
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JUL
26
2013

Metro summit needed to unify gov’t plans on traffic and kickstart prep for APEC

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto today said that Manila’s bus ban should provide the impetus for the convening of a Metro Manila summit that will tackle the flood, traffic and “the region’s other interlocking problems” and “to kick-start the preparation for the country’s
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JUL
22
2013

Recto on SONA: ‘ A rising tide must raise all ships’

A rising tide must raise all ships. I think that is the core of the President’s message this afternoon. He wants any economic improvement to be enjoyed by all. And he has prescribed the ways by which wealth created can be dispersed. Tama ang pinahiwatig ng Pangulo na ang mahirap
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JUL
19
2013

Recto wants Metro Manila’s P351-B anti-flood master plan scrutinized

Sen. Ralph Recto has asked the Senate to conduct an inquiry into the viability of the approved P351-billion over-all master plan on flood management in the National Capital Region, which is by far the most ambitious and expensive flood control program ever crafted by the national
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