Rex Gatchalian

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Rexlon T. Gatchalian
26th Mayor of Valenzuela
Assumed office
June 30, 2013
Succeeded by Sherwin Gatchalian
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Valenzuela's First District
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Jose Emmanuel Carlos
Succeeded by Sherwin Gatchalian
Personal details
Born Rexlon Ting Gatchalian
(1979-01-21) January 21, 1979 (age 38)
Manila, Philippines
Political party National People's Coalition
Profession Businessman

Rexlon Ting Gatchalian (born January 21, 1979), also known as Rex Gatchalian, is the 26th and current Mayor of the Valenzuela and the former Representative of the First District of Valenzuela to the House of Representatives of the Philippines.[1][2] He is also the younger brother of former mayor and now Senator Sherwin Gatchalian.

In 2005, he was elected President of Waterfront Hotels and Casinos, the country's largest Filipino-owned first class hotel operator. In the 2007 elections, the people of the 1st District of Valenzuela City elected Gatchalian as the Representative for the 14th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines, making him one of the youngest members.[3] It was also during his first term as Representative that he was elected as the National Spokesperson for the political party Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC).

In the national election of May 2010, Gatchalian was re-elected as Representative of the 1st District of Valenzuela for the 15th Congress by a resounding majority vote of his constituents. He registered the largest electoral margin for the said position in Valenzuela's history. At the age of 31, he became the youngest member of the Commission on Appointments in history, and the only Congressional Representation from the City of Valenzuela to be part of the said powerful institution.[4] He also serves as the Senior Vice-Chairperson for the Congressional Committee on Games and Amusement.

In March 2016, the Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of Mayor Gatchalian, and 6 city and fire department officials for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty, in connection with the Kentex slipper factory fire in May 2015. Gatchalian, responded that he secured a TRO from the Court of Appeals against the order.[5]

Educational background[edit]

He graduated Cum laude in 2001 from George Washington University, Washington D.C. United States of America, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Political Science, with secondary fields of study in Marketing and Psychology.

Legislation[edit]

In 14th Congress, as Vice-Chairperson of Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs in the House of Representatives, Gatchalian authored Republic Act 10022, also known as "An Act Amending RA 8042, otherwise known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995". The law mandates new policies for the further protection and genuine representation of our migrant workers.[6]

He is also one of the principal authors of Republic Act 9576, of the law that doubles the maximum deposit insurance coverage by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation from P250,000 to P500,000.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Congress consolidating measures to defer barangay elections". BusinessWorld. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2010. ... Rexlon T. Gatchalian (1st district, Valenzuela City), .... 
  2. ^ Natividad, Beverly T. (5 November 2010). "Gatchalian, Oreta keep mayoral post in Valenzuela, Malabon". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Tiongson-Mayrina, Karen; Vallarta, Allan (16 July 2010). "More young reps in, but old bunch still in House". GMA News Online. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Diaz, Jess (27 August 2010). "House completes 25-member Commission on Appointments Panel". Philippine Star. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Galupo, Rey (March 6, 2016). "Valenzuela mayor, 6 others ordered dismissed over Kentex blaze". The Philippine Star. Retrieved March 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ Republic Act 10022. Republic of the Philippines, Fourteenth Congress, Third Regular Session (2009-07-27).
  7. ^ Republic Act 9576. Republic of the Philippines, Fourteenth Congress, Second Regular Session (2009-07-28).

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sherwin Gatchalian
Mayor of Valenzuela
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Jose Emmanuel Carlos
Representative of the First District of Valenzuela
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Sherwin Gatchalian