Senator Win Gatchalian in 2018
|Senator of the Philippines|
|Assumed office |
June 30, 2016
|Chair of the Philippine Senate |
Committee on Basic Education (18th Congress)
|Chair of the Philippine Senate |
Committee on Energy (17th to 18th Congress)
|Chair of the Philippine Senate |
Committee on Economic Policy Research (17th to 18th Congress)
|Assumed office |
July 25, 2016
|Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Valenzuela's First District|
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
|Preceded by||Rex Gatchalian|
|Succeeded by||Wes Gatchalian|
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2004
|Preceded by||Post created|
|Succeeded by||Jose Emmanuel Carlos|
|Mayor of Valenzuela|
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
|Preceded by||Jose Emmanuel Carlos|
|Succeeded by||Rex Gatchalian|
Sherwin T. Gatchalian
April 6, 1974
|Political party||Nationalist People's Coalition|
|Alma mater||Boston University|
In 2001, aged 27, Gatchalian was elected as Representative of the 1st District of Valenzuela. After one term in Congress, he ran for Mayor of Valenzuela and won on the back of a campaign centered on good governance, cleanliness, and public order. As mayor, Gatchalian ended the city's garbage woes and oversaw swift clearing operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana). He also implemented a number of education programs, such as the WIN ang "Edukasyon Program" (Education Wins Program), the establishment of the Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science (ValMaSci), and accessibility to tertiary public educational institutions in the city, among others.
After serving as city mayor for three terms (nine years), Gatchalian returned to Congress as Valenzuela City's 1st district representative in 2013. His return to the Lower House saw Gatchalian try to implement for the rest of the country some of Valenzuela City's education reform initiatives, the most important of which was House Bill No. 5905, or the Free Higher Education Act.
Considered a dark horse in the run-up to the 2016 Senatorial election, Gatchalian organized his campaign around the promise of passing the Free Higher Education Act. He eventually won a Senate seat after garnering 14,953,768 votes. In early 2017, the Senate passed the Free Higher Education Act, which Gatchalian co-authored and co-sponsored. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the measure into law as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (Republic Act No. 10931) in August 2017.
In addition to chairing the Senate Committees on Energy and Economic Affairs, Gatchalian has also authored a number of key measures that have been signed into law, including the Elective Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act, the Energy Virtual One Stop Shop Act, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, and the Mobile Number Portability Act.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Private sector experience
- 3 Political career
- 3.1 FIRST STINT AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 1ST DISTRICT OF VALENZUELA (2001–2004)
- 3.2 VALENZUELA CITY MAYOR (2004–2013)
- 3.3 SECOND STINT AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 1ST DISTRICT OF VALENZUELA (2013–2016)
- 3.4 SENATOR (2016–PRESENT)
- 3.5 17th Congress (July 2016 - June 2019)
- 3.5.1 Committee Chairmanships
- 3.5.2 Committee Vice-Chairmanships
- 3.5.3 Committee Memberships
- 3.5.4 Laws Passed
- 3.5.5 Authored Bills
- 3.5.6 Co-authored Bills
- 3.5.7 Resolutions
- 3.6 18th Congress (July 2019 - present)
- 4 Affiliations
- 5 Advocacies
- 6 Awards and recognition
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life and education
Gatchalian was born to industrialist William Gatchalian and Dee Hua Ting. He is the eldest of four siblings, namely Kenneth, Rexlon "Rex", and Weslie "Wes" Gatchalian. The Gatchalian family identifies as Christian; Dee Hua is a pastor and chairman at their own church in Barangay Maysan, Valenzuela named Jesus our Life Ministries.
Private sector experience
Before entering politics, Gatchalian held executive positions in various private firms including Waterfront Philippines., an investment holding company that focuses on hospitality, tourism and recreational businesses catering to local, regional and international guests, wherein he served as Vice Chairman (1999–2001); Vice Chairman (1998 to 1999) at Air Philippines Corporation—an airline company operating daily domestic and international flights from Manila, Cebu, Davao City and Zamboanga, served as Vice Chairman (1998–1999); and leading The Wellex Group., a diversified investment firm in the Philippines with industries including hotel, real estate development, aviation, trading, banking, as Executive Vice President (1997–2001).
Gatchalian has been a member of the political party Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) since joining politics in 2001. He is the first generation of politicians from his family, alongside his sibling Rex Gatchalian, who is currently serving as mayor of Valenzuela City; while Wes Gatchalian is the first district representative of Valenzuela City.
Gatchalian deems his experience in the private sector prepared him for public service. After his stint as a corporate executive, he answered the call to public service after witnessing first-hand the dysfunctional culture of governance then prevailing in his hometown. He served for 6 years (two terms) as 1st District Representative of Valenzuela City and 9 years (three consecutive terms) as Mayor of the said city.
FIRST STINT AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 1ST DISTRICT OF VALENZUELA (2001–2004)
VALENZUELA CITY MAYOR (2004–2013)
During his nine-year tenure as local chief executive, Gatchalian revolutionized good governance in the City Government of Valenzuela through reforms which eradicated corruption, fostered growth in the local business sector, and improved the provision of social services in education, health, in-city housing, and other key areas.
He formulated the "WIN ang Edukasyon Program" (Education Wins Program) for public schools to address immediate needs of Valenzuela City's schoolchildren.
Gatchalian also initiated various education programs, such as public schools including the Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science (ValMaSci), accessibility to college education particularly in the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela and Valenzuela Polytechnic College, school-based “K to 6 In-School Feeding Program” that mobilized communities; empowerment of parents through the Nanay-Teacher Program, and continuous mastery of skills to strengthen competencies of teachers.
Gatchalian ended the city’s garbage woes and helped Valenzuela into an urban model of cleanliness. In the aftermath of the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009, he helped make Valenzuela City as the first city in Metro Manila to clear its 4,459.4-hectare land area of flood debris and rubbish. He also streamlined and simplified government transactions to combat corruption and improve public service through the 3S (Simple Speed Service Excellence) Program
The “WIN ang Edukasyon” Program prioritized the building of more than 2,000 classroom and distributing one million notebooks, lesson planners, and other teaching and learning materials every year since 2004. At the same time, public school teachers were given regular city government-sponsored trainings and seminars on the latest teaching methods and strategies. In support of the national government’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) program, Gatchalian spearheaded the distribution of state-of-the-art computer laboratories to public high schools.
Gatchalian prioritized projects aiming to improve the health care of the city’s underprivileged constituents. He initiated medical missions not only in Valenzuela City but in nearby towns as well, treating patients with various health conditions including 116 cleft palate patients, 32 goiter patients, 41 cataract patients, 22 clubfoot patients, and many more.
On October 4, 2015, 986 patients were accommodated during the medical mission at the Valenzuela City Astrodome, 2,226 patients were treated at the Valenzuela City Astrodome on November 22, 2014, and 3,560 patients were assisted at Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan on July 30, 2016.
He continued to conduct projects as such in partnership with Valenzuela Medical Center, aiding a total of 187 gallbladder, goiter, hernia, breast, hemorrhoid patients In 2018.
Gatchalian developed city infrastructure operations for both citizens and enterprises. In 2008, he opened the government-funded P90-million Lingunan-Lawang Bato overpass to vehicular and pedestrian traffic—linking the eastern and western portions of the city that had earlier been separated by the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX). The construction of the 80-meter-long and 10-meter-wide bridge significantly eased traffic congestion along the narrow Canumay East Service Road and the NLEX’s busy Malinta Exit, and facilitated trade flow across the city.
He also spearheaded the building of school buildings and classrooms in Valenzuela City that included the opening of 50 rooms that accommodate more than 4, 500 students at Dalandanan National High School (DNHS) in Barangay Dalandanan, expansion of Coloong Elementary School, 3-storey building of A. Deato Elementary School in Barangay Balangkas, and another at A. Fernando Elementary School in Barangay Malanday. Also included in his project to expand classrooms are Rincon Elementary School, Bignay Elementary School, Canumay East National High School, Pio Valenzuela Elementary School, Polo National High School, Punturin National High School and Malanday Elementary School.
SECOND STINT AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 1ST DISTRICT OF VALENZUELA (2013–2016)
When Gatchalian returned to the Lower House in 2013, he filed education reforms to increase the number of math and science high schools across the country and to establish a nationwide school-based feeding program for kinder and elementary students across the country. On July 6, 2015, he filed the original version of the bill that revolutionized access to college education for millions of Filipino—the House Bill No. 5905, An Act Providing for Full Tuition Subsidy in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), more commonly known as the Free Higher Education Act, that translated into the current law Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. He also supports the implementation K–12 education in the Philippines as an investment for the future of younger generations.
Some of his other proposed bills during this term include acts regulating parking fees in malls and commercial areas, including ROTC among the prerequisites for tertiary level graduation, increasing the budget for NAIA to transform its global image, abolishing the Road Board (a government agency that handled motor vehicle users' tax and road users' tax), protecting passengers against abusive and itinerant taxi drivers, for the declaration of candidates seeking to profit from election polls as nuisance candidates, as well as a proposed bill requiring proofs of parking space to car purchasers as a means to lessen traffic congestion.
- House Bill No. (HBN) 5905 Free Higher Education Act
- HBN-5348 Nutri-Skwela Act
- HBN-5098 Proof of Parking Space Act
- HBN-4714 Servando Act
- HBN-4284 CCTV Cameras for Crime Prevention Act
- HBN-4740 Internet Café Regulation Act
- HBN-2338 Mandatory ROTC Act
- HBN-2624 SIM Card Registration Act
- HBN-3681 Bill of Rights of Taxi Passengers
On June 2015, in an event in Quezon province, Gatchalian announced his bid for a Senate seat in the 2016 general election. On October 2015, senator and presidential candidate Grace Poe announced her senatorial slate under the coalition Partido Galing at Puso—which included Gatchalian.
Election and Victory
During the May 9, 2016 national elections, Gatchalian garnered 14,953,768 catapulting him to the winning circle of senatorial candidates, placing 10th in the senatorial post. He challenged then incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to make education reform a top priority of his administration.
Start of Term and Passage of Republic Act No. 10931
Before RA 10931 was approved and signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last August 3, 2017, the initial version of the law— House Bill 5905 or the Free Higher Education Act filed by then Congressman Gatchalian was rejected during the 15th and 16th Congress despite efforts of Senator Ralph Recto to hurdle it in the Senate back in 2016.
It was then re-filed during the 17th Congress by Senators Ralph Recto, Joel Villanueva, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, Gatchalian, Francis Pangilinan, Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara and Loren Legarda. With the support of almost all members of Congress, it then became what is now known as RA 10931 or ‘Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act’—institutionalizing full tuition subsidy for state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and state-run technical vocational schools.
The enacted law also covers school fees, which include “library fees, computer fees, laboratory fees, school ID fees, athletic fees, admission fees, development fees, guidance fees, handbook fees, entrance fees, registration fees, medical and dental fees, cultural and other similar or related fees.”
17th Congress (July 2016 - June 2019)
- Education, Arts, and Culture
- Local Government
- Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship
- Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon)
- Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies
- Climate Change
- Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation
- Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development
- National Defense and Security
- Public Works
- Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development
- Ways and Means
- Republic Act (RA) 10931 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act
- RA 10963 Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)
- RA 10968 Philippine Qualifications Framework Act
- RA 10969 Free Irrigation Service Act
- RA 11035 Balik Scientist Act
- RA 11037 Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act
- RA 11039 Electric Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act
- RA 11053 Anti-Hazing Act of 2018
- RA 11055 Philippine Identification System Act
- RA 11202 Mobile Number Portability Act
- RA 11234 Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop Act
- RA 11285 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act
General Legislation: SBN 201 Proof-Of-Parking Space Act
Gatchalian filed the Proof-Of-Parking Space Act at the start of the 17th Congress last June 2016. Currently pending in the Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Committee in the Senate, the proposed law aims to ease traffic congestion by requiring aspiring vehicle owners to present an affidavit confirming they have acquired a parking space either through purchase, or a lease for the vehicle sought to be purchased.
Under the bill, The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will spearhead the removal of illegally parked cars and penalization of uncompliant vehicle owners— lessening hazardous obstruction to pave a better way for emergency vehicles during crises.
Committee on Energy: SBN 1939 Power Line Integrity and Reliability Act of 2018
Gatchalian filed The Power Line Integrity and Reliability Act in 2018 to address the alarming number of power outages experienced in the country. The bill primarily seeks to ensure responsive maintenance and rehabilitation of transmission, sub-transmission and distribution lines. It will ensure that the conveyance of electricity from the power generating plants all the way to the end users – the consumers, business, and the aforementioned vital installations in the country – will be uninterrupted.
SBN 1939 is now closer to its enactment into law as both houses reconciled the relevant versions of the bill—currently, it’s now ready for transmittal to Malacañang for the President’s approval and signing.
Committee on Economic Affairs: SBN 1938 The National Economic and Development Act of 2018
Gatchalian saw the need to institutionalize NEDA as the country’s independent economic and planning agency to solve the most pressing socio-economic concerns of the country through SBN 1938, the National Economic and Development Act of 2019.
The bill seeks to ensure the integration of major regional and local development priorities into the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) and Medium-Term Regional Development Plans (MTRDPs), respectively which can address uncoordinated and often interrupted planning, policy-making, programming and budgeting process of the government.
SBN 1938 will also entail NEDA, in consultation with the Board of Investments, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and other concerned government agencies to conduct an annual review of the country’s Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL) to warrant inclusive growth, advancements in technology and dynamic relationships among global and regional economies.
Other bills filed:
- Senate Bill Number (SBN) -198 Free Higher Education Act
- SBN 199 Anti-Hazing Act of 2016
- SBN 200 Mandatory Military and Civic Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
- SBN 201 Proof-Of-Parking Space Act
- SBN 202 CCTV Cameras for Security and Crime Prevention Act
- SBN 203 Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act
- SBN 204 Nutri-Skwela Act of 2016
- SBN 205 The Alternative Learning System (ALS) Act
- SBN 206 The Continuing Education for Teachers Act
- SBN 207 Special Education Fund (SEF)
- SBN 372 Protection for the Elderly Act
- SBN 373 Equitable Access to Math and Science Education Act
- SBN 374 Homes for Abandoned Senior Act of 2016
- SBN 375 Bill of Rights of Taxi Passengers
- SBN 905 Sharks and Rays Conservation Act
- SBN 906 Teacher Education Scholarship Program of 2016
- SBN 907 Instructional Materials Allowance Act of 2016
- SBN 908 Internet Cafe Regulation Act
- SBN 909 Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Numbers Games
- SBN 910 Amending P.D. No. 1146, the Revised Government Service Insurance System Act of 1977
- SBN 911 Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines
- SBN 985 Imposition of Death Penalty for Heinous Crimes
- SBN 986 Abolishing the Road Board and Transferring its Powers to Dept. of Transportation
- SBN 987 PNP Salary Increase Act of 2016
- SBN 988 CCTV Act of 2016
- SBN 989 Disaster Preparedness in Schools Act
- SBN 990 Video Game and Outdoor Media Regulation Act
- SBN 991 Amending Secs. 2 and 3 (B), Motor Vehicle User’s Charge Act
- SBN 992 Human Trafficking Preventive Education Program Act
- SBN 993 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
- SBN 995 Billboard Regulation Act
- SBN 994 National Traffic Enforcement and Management Act
- SBN 996 Inclusive Education for Children and Youth with Special Needs Act of 2016
- SBN 997 Lifeguard Act of 2016
- SBN 1000 Magna Carta of the Out-Of-School Youth
- SBN 1001 Transportation Network Service Act
- SBN 1002 Information Technology Office
- SBN 1003 Parking Fees Regulation Act
- SBN 1004 Evacuation Center Act
- SBN 1005 Public School Database Act of 2016
- SBN 1006 Social Security Condonation Program
- SBN 1007 Construction Workers Insurance Act
- SBN 1008 Wilful or Indiscriminate Discharge of Firearms
- SBN 1067 Air Traffic Act
- SBN 1118 Disiplina Vilage – Bignay National High School
- SBN 1119 Lingunan National High School
- SBN 1120 Malanday National High School
- SBN 1121 Paso De Blas National High School
- SBN-1140 Firecracker Prohibition Act of 2016
- SBN 1181 Philippine High School for Sports Act
- SBN 1182 Department of Housing and Urban Development Act
- SBN 1188 Recoverable System Loss Act
- SBN 1195 Muffler Act of 2016
- SBN 1196 Maternal and Childbirth Services
- SBN 1225 Amending RA No. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002)
- SBN 1226 Student Privilege Act of 2016
- SBN 1237 Mobile Number Portability Act
- SBN 1265 Senior Citizens Free Movie Privilege Act of 2016
- SBN 1287 New Retirement Age of Public School Teachers Act
- SBN 1288 Automatic Resignation of Punong Barangay Act
- SBN 1289 Optional Retirement Age of Government Employees
- SBN 1253 Electric Cooperatives Disaster Management Fund
- SBN 1266 Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act of 2016
- SBN 1267 National Database System Act
- SBN 1286 Virtual One Stop Shop Act of 2016
- SBN 1290 Philippine Energy Research and Policy Development Institute Act of 2016
- SBN 1294 Amending R.A. No. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002)SBN-1303 Benefits to Host Communities Act of 2016
- SBN 1308 Energy Procurement Act of 2016
- SBN 1412 Free Irrigation Services Act
- SBN 1434 Free Tuition in Local Universities and Colleges Act
- SBN 1439 Energy Virtual One Stop Shop Act of 2017
- SBN 1461 Electric Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act of 2017
- SBN 1488 Local Universities and Colleges Governance Act
- SBN 1489 Consumer Act of 2017 (1st Half)
- SBN 1489 Consumer Act of 2017 (2nd Half)
- SBN 1490 Energy Regulatory Commission Governance Act of 2017
- SBN 1509 Amending Sec. 150 of R.A. No. 7160 (Local Government Code of 1991)
- SBN 1574 Philippine Energy Research and Policy Institute Act of 2017
- SBN 1575 Increasing the Age for Determining Statutory Rape to Provide Stronger Protection for Children
- SBN-1576 Police On-Body Cam Act
- SBN 1588 Amending R.A. No. 8424 (Tax Reform Act of 1997)
- SBN 1594 Amending Commonwealth Act No. 146 (Public Service Act)
- SBN 1636 Lifetime Cellphone Number Act
- SBN 1639 Amending R.A. No. 8762 (Retail Trade Liberalization Act)
- SBN 1640 Special Nonworking Holiday in the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Province of Marinduque
- SBN 1643 Network Freedom Act
- SBN 1644 Open Access in Data Transmission Act
- SBN 1653 Electricity Procurement Act of 2018
- SBN 1355 The Philippine Innovation Act
- SBN 1304 Free Higher Education for All Act
- SBN 1284 Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act of 2016
- SBN 1465 Free Irrigation Service to Small Farmers Act of 2017
- SBN 1483 Fiscal and Monetary Report Act of 2017
- SBN 1531 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act of 2017
- SBN 1578 Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Act of 2017
- SBN 1592 Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (Train)
- SBN 1597 Student Fare Discount Act
- SBN 1616 Amending Sec. 85 (Tourism Act)
- SBN 1620 Abolishing the Road Board
- SBN 1623 Recoverable System Loss Act
- SBN 1650 Magna Carta of the Out-Of-School Youth
- SBN 1662 Anti-Hazing Act of 2018
- SBN 1690 Increasing the Bed Capacity of Don Emilio Del Valle Memorial Hospital
- SBN 1691 Amending Batas Pambansa Bilang 129 (Reorganizing the Judiciary)
- SBN 1732 Inclusive Education for Children and Youth with Special Needs Act
- SBN 1738 Philippine Identification System Act of 2018
- SBN 1753 Social Security System Rationalization
- SBN 1754 The New Public Service Law of the Philippines
- SBN 1763 Open Access in Data Transmission Act
- SBN 1839 Amending R.A. No. 8178 (Agricultural Tariffication Act)
- SBN 1867 Increasing the Honorarium and Christmas Bonus of Barangay Officials
- SBN 1896 Universal Health Care for All Filipinos Act
- SBN 1907 Amending Investment Restrictions in Commonwealth Act No. 541
- SBN 1908 Philippine Warehouse Receipts Act of 2018
- SBN 1909 Amending R. A. No. 4566 (Contractors’ License Law)
- SBN 1921 Amending R. A. No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act)
- SBN 1938 The National Economic and Development Act of 2018
- SBN 1939 Power Line Integrity and Reliability Act of 2018
- SBN 1940 Marinduque State University
- SBN 1950 Murang Kuryente Act
- SBN 812 Teaching Supplies Allowance Act of 2016
- SBN 1478 Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Act of 2017
- SBN 1528 Department of Culture Act
- SBN 1537 The Healthy Nanay and Bulilit Act
- SBN 1279 Pagkaing Pinoy Para Sa Batang Pinoy Act
- Senate Resolution Number (SRN) 87 Commending Hidilyn Diaz (Womens 53Kg Weightlifting, Rio Olympics)
- SRN 94 Drugs-Users Rehabilitation
- SRN 130 Malampaya Deep Water Gas-To-Power Project
- SRN 150 Impact of the Economy of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program (4PS)
- SRN 213 Model of Operation and Regulation of the Telecommunications Industry
- SRN 293 Ad Hoc Committee (Construction of a New Senate Building)
- SRN 269 Regulation of Online Gaming
- SRN 268 Implementation of Juvenile Justice Welfare Act
- SRN 240 Inquiry Re Alleged Suicide of Erc Director Atty. Francisco ‘Jun’ Villa
- SRN 234 Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (Psalm) Corporation
- SRN 228 Commending Senator Manny Pacquiao (Welterweight Champion)
- SRN 356 Amending Section 13 (6) Rule X, Rules of the Senate
- SRN 388 Supporting Proclamation No. 216 (Declaring a State of Martial Law)
- SRN 404 Humanitarian Relief and Rehabilitation to Marawi City
- SRN 436 Impending Suspension of Operation and Impounding of Vehicles of TNVS Operators
- SRN 470 Frequent Brownouts in the Province of Palawan
- SRN 513 Amending Sec. 13 (6) Rule X of the Rules of the Senate
- SRN 579 Release of the Malampaya Funds by the Department of Budget and Management
- SRN 581 Inventories of Coal and Oil
- SRN 634 Economic Effects of the Philippine Government’s Deployment Ban to Kuwait
- SRN 642 Macroeconomic Fundamentals of the Country in the Preceding and Current Years
18th Congress (July 2019 - present)
First 10 priority bills filed
- Senate Bill Number (SBN) 171 Inclusive Education for Children and Youth with Special Needs Act
|AN ACT INSTITUTING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AND ESTABLISHING LEARNING RESOURCE CENTERS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS DIVISIONS, PROVIDING FOR STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR|
In order to provide services to as many Filipino children with special needs, the government needs to build upon the existing infrastructure of its national public school system. This could be done by establishing Special Education Centers (SPED Centers) in all public schools divisions nationwide. The SPED Centers shall function as a resource center that shall assist in promoting inclusive education to capacitate regular schools to effectively handle the needs of children and youth with disability. Each SPED Center must likewise be equipped with the facilities and personnel necessary to provide care and instruction to children and youth with special needs, specifically special education teachers and specialists.
- SBN 177 Senior High School Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Act
|AN ACT MANDATING THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION, DEVELOPMENT, TRAINING, ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF BASIC RESERVE OFFICERS TRAINING CORPS (ROTC) IN GRADES 11 AND 12 IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, FURTHER AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7077, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “CITIZEN ARMED FORCE OR ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES RESERVIST ACT”, AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9163, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “NATIONAL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR|
This bill seeks to re-institutionalize the basic military and officer training for our senior high school students. By this legislation, it will provide the appropriate training to ensure their readiness to respond to the call to service.
- SBN 178 Teachers' Salary Increase Act
|AN ACT INCREASING THE SALARY GRADE OF TEACHER I TO TEACHER III, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR|
"For much too long now, the modest salaries of teachers have not been commensurate to their critical contributions to society as mentors and role models for the youth of this country. Reforming teacher salaries to reflect the true importance of their work should be a top budgetary priority of the government," said Gatchalian, hence the urgency of filing the bill to increase the salary grade of public school teachers.
- SBN 176 Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act
|AN ACT REQUIRING THE REGISTRATION OF ALL USERS OF PRE-PAID SUBSCRIBER IDENTITY MODULE (SIM) CARDS|
The purpose of the bill is to regulate the sale and distribution of SIM cards by establishing a registry or database of validated information of its authorized owner.
- SBN 173 Energy Advocate Act
|AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY AND FRAMEWORK FOR ENERGY ADVOCACY|
The bill seeks to create the Energy Consumer Advocate Office (ECAO), which will represent consumers in all rate-setting, rule-making, and other energy related cases and proceedings before government agencies, including judicial and quasi-judicial bodies.
- SBN 175 Microgrid Systems Act
|AN ACT PROMOTING THE USE OF MICROGRID SYSTEMS FOR THE TOTAL ELECTRIFICATION OF UNSERVED AND UNDERSERVED AREAS|
This aims to provide reliable electric services to every household in the country and accelerate total electrification in areas with no electricity access, no distribution system lines, no home power systems, or no connection to any microgrid.
- SBN 172 Philippine Energy Research and Policy Institute Act
|AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE PHILIPPINE ENERGY RESEARCH AND POLICY INSTITUTE, DEFINING ITS OBJECTIVES, POWERS, AND FUNCTIONS, PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES|
This will serve as an independent body which will undertake multidisciplinary research, explore and develop cutting edge technologies, and provide autonomous policy output for the benefit of private and public energy players alike.
- SBN 174 Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act
|AN ACT PROVIDING THE NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR THE USE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS|
Gatchalian urges the Department of Energy to craft a roadmap for e-vehicle adoption in the country, in coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and other relevant government agencies.
- SBN 169 The National Economic and Development Authority Act of 2019
|AN ACT INSTITUTIONALIZING THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AS THE INDEPENDENT ECONOMIC AND PLANNING AGENCY OF THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT, DEFINING ITS FUNCTIONS AND AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 230 SERIES OF 1987, AS AMENDED, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES|
The bill aims to institutionalize NEDA, empowering the agency to play a more important role in steering government policies to solve the country's most pressing socio-economic concerns. It mandates the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), in cooperation and consultation with the Board of Investments, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other pertinent government agencies to conduct an annual review of the country's Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL) to ensure that the list is aligned with this policy.
- SBN 170 Unlock My Mobile Act
|AN ACT PROMOTING CONSUMER PROTECTION AND FOSTERING COMPETITION IN THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY BY MANDATING THE UNLOCKING OF MOBILE WIRELESS DEVICES|
This will prohibit telcos or other retailers of mobile wireless devices from selling units, issued without subscription contracts, that are locked to a specific network. It aims to fully inform subscribers of the unlocking process, with the terms stipulated in writing under the mobile communications service contract. Telcos will be mandated to inform their subscribers of the official channels for unlocking, as well as the method and manner for unlocking, making the process completely transparent.
Other bills filed:
- Senate Bill Number (SBN) 362 Competitive Selection Process of Power Supply Act
- SBN 363 Energy Policy and Regulatory Framework
- SBN 364 System Loss Act
- SBN 365 Prepaid Load Bill Act
- SBN 366 Magna Carta of Barangay Officials Act
- SBN 367 Mandatory Continuing Education of Teachers Act
- SBN 368 Proof of Parking Space Act
- SBN 369 Equitable Access to Math and Science High School Act
- SBN 370 Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) Governance Act
- Senate Resolution Number (SRN) 1 Economic Restrictions
- Board of Director, Synergeia FoundatIon, Inc. (2012–Present)
An alliance of individuals, institutions and organizations initiating educational programs to help improve language proficiency among grade school students; in cooperation with the Department of Education, local government units, socio-civic groups, schools, teachers, parents and students.
- Governor, Philippine Red Cross (2011–Present)
An organization in the Philippines dedicated to help save lives through humanitarian, health and disaster-related services — guided by the organization’s fundamental principles including humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
- NCR Chairman, Boy Scouts of the Philippines (2015–2016)
One of the oldest national youth organizations in the Philippines committed to develop young minds to become morally responsible, competent, God-fearing and capable leaders of the country.
Free and Higher Quality Education
Gatchalian serves as the Vice-Chairman of Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, authoring various legislation, that aims to provide free access to quality education to all Filipinos from pre-nursery to tertiary levels.
Gatchalian co-authored the now known as “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act” which provides free tuition and other school fees in all state universities and colleges (SUCs), local state universities (LUCs) and state-run technical vocational institutions (TVIs).
Other legislation he co-authored which are now signed into law were SBN 1456 or The PQF Act; SBN 1455 or The Filipino Sign Language Act; SBN 1323 or The Philippine Republic Day; and SBN 1279 or Masustansyang Pagkain Para sa Batang Pilipino Act. Alongside, he also primarily authored and filed SBN 1226 or Student Fare Discount Act; SBN 996 or Inclusive Education for Children and Youth with Special Needs Act of 2016; SBN 204 Nutri-Skwela Act of 2016; and SBN 200 or Mandatory Military and Civic Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
Gatchalian, Chairman of Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, strongly believes that innovation is a vital component of the country’s development policies to drive inclusive development and promote the growth and national competitiveness of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Gatchalian filed Senate Bill 1355 or The Philippine Innovation Act to enhance the global competitiveness of MSMEs and develop a more business-friendly environment to stimulate job creation and enable them to be part of the domestic and supply chain.
Awards and recognition
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- Silver Humanitarian Service Cross Award (2014), one of the most recognized awards given to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) members or volunteers for outstanding leadership and service in the promotion of its mission
- Manila 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders (2013), recognized by the Development Executive Group (DevEx) as one of the young, reform-minded and spirited leaders who makes impact by instilling change in the country
- Champion of Health Governance Awardee (2013), given by Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Ateneo School of Government, DOH and DILG
- Best Among Best Practices, Local Chief Category (2013), awarded by the National Capitol Region Police Office (NCRPO)'s Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division for the improvement of the Valenzuela City Police
- Public Service Honoree, The Outstanding Young Men, TOYM (2011), awarded for his more than a decade of commitment in ―changing people's lives; given by the Junior Chamber International – Philippines
- Best Mayor in CAMANAVA (2008): the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) granted him as Best Mayor in CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) for his logistic and financial support to Valenzuela City's PNP programs: Police Visibility Program and PNP's Mamang Pulis Program
For Valenzuela City
- Seal of Good Housekeeping, Bronze Category (2012), hiven by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to the local government units with good performance in internal housekeeping
- Galing Pook Awards, Top Ten Outstanding Local Governance Programs for 3S in Public Service Program (2012), an anti-graft and corruption platform of the City Government of Valenzuela to guarantee transparency and good governance
- Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit Award – Highly Urbanized City Category by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries (2012), a clear manifestation of good governance reforms to promote trade, investment, transparency, efficiency and competitiveness in delivering business services
- Number 1 in NCR, National Achievement Test (NAT) for Elementary (S.Y. 2010–2011): through the Win sa Edukasyon Program, Valenzuela City garnered the most number of achievers in the NAT exam, which gauges the academic competency of Grade 6 elementary students entering Junior High School
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