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MAKE BORACAY AND MARAWI AS PILOT SITES OF ‘PROJECT DIME’ – RECTO

The rehabilitation of Marawi and Boracay can be the two pilot areas of a new government project that will use drones, satellite imaging and other cutting-edge technology that will monitor the progress of big-ticket infrastructure projects, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. Recto said the two projects, where billions of pesos are at stake, […]

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MANILA RIVER TRANSPORT TO BE REVIVED – RECTO

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto backed a Department of Budget and Management (DBM)-led rehabilitation and privatization plan for the Pasig River ferry, saying “it is the best chance to rescue the service from the inaction of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).” “I have always said that because the ferry has been sunk by DOTr’s […]

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PERFORMANCE TARGETS, SOLID OUTPUTS MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE FORCED BORACAY REHAB – RECTO

Government should attach a “performance target” to the six-month closure of Boracay “so there will be measurable outcome” of the island’s mandatory shutdown, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. “What are the countable outputs after 6 months? Ilang kilometro ng sewer lines ang naayos? Gaano kalaki ang improvement sa water test results sa karagatan? […]

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MARANAOS SHOULD BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF REBUILDING MARAWI – RECTO

Manila should recognize the “Maranao’s culture and resilience as the strongest building blocks” in the reconstruction of Marawi City, and treat them “as active partners and not mere passive receivers” of rebuilding plans. This was stressed by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto in reminding the national government that locals “are the best rebuilders of […]

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OIL EXPLORATION OVER WPS CAN BE OPEN TO ALL COUNTRIES BUT GOVERNMENT MUST NOT GIVE UP SOVEREIGNTY – RECTO

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto backed plans for the Philippines to jointly prospect for oil in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) with “China and other countries” for as long as it is “between private parties and that we won’t be giving away the deed to the area.” Recto said energy exploration in the WPS […]

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BODYCAMS FOR ‘TOKHANGERS’ TO PREVENT ABUSE – RECTO

Policemen who conduct what their leaders promise as a non-lethal tokhang campaign should not just be clutching religious items but should also be wearing bodycams, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said, after a police general stated that cops who will “knock and plead” at homes of suspected drug users will be carrying rosaries and […]

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CONSIDER PUBLIC GYMS AS EMERGENCY RELIEF SHELTERS – RECTO

Mayon’s eruption has again put on full display one constant in this calamity-prone land: schoolchildren being the first collateral victims when their schools are commandeered to house refugees, a practice which can be stopped by building permanent evacuation centers. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto once again urged the government to step up its evacuation […]

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“Extra Judicial Funding” to Modernize Courts, Equip Public Attorneys and Prosecutors with Resources – 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 Recto said today. Recto said “manpower and material” lack in […]

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Create Pathway for Regularization of Temporary Workers – RECTO

  Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto 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 employees. Recto said the agency only has 2,842 regular employees […]

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Budget for DOH-managed Rehabilitation Facilities to Suffer 75% Reduction – RECTO

  The proposed Department of Health (DOH) 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 from this year’s P151.3 billion. Both of the […]