A deep sense of equity and fairness defined his balanced handling and

scrutiny of legislative measures. In all cases, he assigned great value on the
people’s needs. With inclusive growth, it is expected that the poor will
share the responsibility and fruits of development.
When the 17th Congress opened on July 25, 2016, Recto assumed the
position of the Senate Minority Leader.
At the National Economic and Development Authority
On July 23, 2008, he was named as the Director-General of the National
Economic and Development Authority.
As NEDA chief, Recto helped craft the government’s Economic Resiliency
Plan (ERP), which served as the Philippines’ pump-priming program.
Moreover, he proposed a new economic plan dubbed as REAP (Reloading
Economic Acceleration Plan) to protect the gains made from the ERP.
Recto advocated various development issues such as a transparent oil
pricing scheme to protect consumers as well as institute greater
transparency and efficiency in government project implementation.

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Senator Ralph Gonzalez Recto is a notable public servant - educated,
dedicated, and diplomatic. His devotion to family and community,
unrelenting desire to make a better life for others, consummate passion for
his work, and interactive leadership style, serve as the firm foundation
upon which he built a reputation as a young and committed leader whether
as a legislator or a national executive.
His independence makes him an exemplary public official. He can never be
boxed into a myopic position to the disdain of his critics. He is not one to
shun the rough waters of public opinion when he tackles unpopular
measures. He faces criticisms head on, but in ways that disarm the
adversary. Whoever initially opposes him is soon converted into an ally.

Family and personal life
Senator Ralph Recto’s political lineage is traced to the late Senator Claro
Mayo Recto, nationalist and statesman, and a descendant of the patriotic
Mayo and Recto clans of Luzon. Senator Ralph Recto is the second child
of three of lawyer Rafael Recto, an Assemblyman during the Regular
Batasang Pambansa, and Carmen Gonzalez-Recto whose family hails from
He is married to the Representative of the 6th District of Batangas, Vilma
Santos-Recto, father to Ryan Christian and stepfather to Luis Philippe

Senator Recto has completed the coursework and is a candidate for both
master's degrees in Public Administration from the University of the
Philippines and in Strategic Business Economics from the University of
Asia and the Pacific. He also took up a Leadership Course at the John F.
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, United States of America. He acquired a Bachelor’s degree
in Business Management at the De La Salle University-Manila. His
elementary years were spent at the Ateneo de Manila University and La
Salle Greenhills while his High school diploma was from La Salle
He was conferred a degree of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa by the
Lipa City Public College in 2010 and by the Nueva Ecija University of
Science and Technology in 2009.
At the House of Representatives
He holds the distinction of being the youngest elected member of the
House of Representatives during the 9th Congress. He also holds an
unprecedented record in the congressional election history of Batangas for
winning in all precincts, barangays, municipalities, together with Lipa City
in the 1995 and 1998 elections. He garnered 98% of the votes cast in those
two elections in the 4th District of Batangas.
During his three terms (from 1992 to 2001) as Member of the House of
Representatives, his legislative measures enacted into law mostly dealt
with economic reforms and poverty alleviation. Among which are the
Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act; the Philippine Economic Zone
Law; Amendment to the Special Economic Zone Law; the Retail Trade
Liberalization Law; Regional Headquarters Law and the Comprehensive
Tax Reform Law.
At the Philippine Senate
Senator Recto holds the distinction of being the youngest Senator of the
12th Congress at the age of 37. Likewise, he was the youngest member of
the House of Representatives of the 9th Congress.

In the 16th Congress, Senator Recto was elected President Pro-Tempore
and chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology and continued
to be a member of the Commission on Appointments. In the 12th, 13th and
15th Congresses, Recto was Chairman of the Committee on Ways and
HEARTS which is the acronym for Health, Education, Agriculture, Roads,
Technology and Social Security is the core of Senator Recto’s legislative
agenda and advocacy. He believes that reforms in these sectors would have
a meaningful impact on the efforts to alleviate the plight of the Filipino
His recent legislative accomplishments include authorship of laws on
institutionalization of Kindergarten, implementation of K to 12, extension
of the corporate life of the Philippine National Railways (PNR), increasing
the tax-exempt ceiling on 13th month pay, Christmas bonus and other
benefits, mandatory PHILHEALTH coverage for senior citizens, additional
benefits for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), PAGASA modernization,
extension of the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF)
and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization, creation of
the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT),
Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and Centenarians Act.
He has come out in defence of Juan de la Cruz in consumer issues like oil
prices, power, transportation fare, license plates, as well as the
investigations on NAIA laglag bala and taxes on balikbayan boxes. On the
other hand, he initiated increased budget support for State Universities and
Colleges (SUCs), public hospitals, Philippine Science High School,
PAGASA modernization, free WI-Fi in public places, Pantawid Pamilyang
Pilipino Program (4Ps), among others.

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