Sherwin Gatchalian

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Sherwin T. Gatchalian
Valenzuela City Congressman Win Gatchalian.JPG
Assumed office
June 30, 2013
Succeeded by Rexlon Gatchalian
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2004
Preceded by Magtanggol Gunigundo
(Prior to 2001, Lone District of Valenzuela)
Succeeded by Jose Emmanuel Carlos
25th Mayor of Valenzuela
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Jose Emmanuel Carlos
Succeeded by Rexlon Gatchalian
Personal details
Born Sherwin T. Gatchalian
(1974-04-06) April 6, 1974 (age 41)
Manila, Philippines
Political party National People's Coalition (NPC)
Alma mater Boston University (BS)
Profession Businessman, politician
Religion Evangelical Christian

Sherwin T. Gatchalian, widely known as Win Gatchalian, is a Filipino businessman and public servant, advocating reforms on education and urban development concerns in the Philippines. He is currently serving his second term as a representative of the First District of Valenzuela City in the House of Representative until 2016. He gained popularity for initiating major infrastructure improvements and driving economic developments in Valenzuela City as its mayor from 2004 to 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Gatchalian's elementary days in Grace Christian High School
Gatchalian with his classmates in early elementary days at Grace Christian High School

Born on April 6, 1974 in Obando town in Bulacan province, Gatchalian is the son of businessman and philanthropist William Gatchalian, a self-made millionaire. He is also the eldest brother of incumbent Valenzuela City Mayor Rexlon “Rex” Gatchalian and present Alay Buhay party-list Rep. Weslie “Wes” Gatchalian.

He spent his early childhood in the low-lying town until a fire gutted down their home and small factory in Obando, prompting his family to move their fledgling trade and manufacturing businesses to nearby Valenzuela - a rugged industrial town that gained notoriety as a hot bed of labor activism in the Philippines during the last few years of President Ferdinand Marcos before his downfall in 1986.[1]

As a young boy, Gatchalian used to spend his afternoons playing with the children of workers, who were living in the residential compound inside his father’s factory called The Plastic City. He attended Grace Christian High School, a Born Again Christian institution in Quezon City from 1982 to 1988.[1]

Gatchalian received his degree in Finance and Operations Management during the graduation ceremony of Boston University.

When he reached 13, Gatchalian would spend his vacation working inside their factory, packing their company’s plastic products in warehouses every summer until he graduated high school from Grace Christian High School at 16 in 1991. He also made rounds, working as a salesman for his father before going to the United States to pursue higher education.[1]

Being groomed to run the family business, Gatchalian was sent to Boston University in Massachusetts where he earned his degree in Finance and Operations Management in 1995. After his college graduation, he immediately went to China to improve his Mandarin, taking a one-year course in Beijing Language and Culture University until 1996.[2]

Sherwin Gatchalian during his days as businessman.
Win Gatchalian during his days as businessman.

Upon receiving his diploma, Gatchalian went back to Manila to work for several blue chip companies – including The Plastic City Corporation, Air Philippines International Corporation, the Wellex Group of Companies, and Omico Mining Corporation before becoming the vice chairman of the Waterfront Philippines Incorporated.[3]

While working as a corporate executive, Gatchalian was also able to find a volunteer group WIN Action Center, Inc. that aims to serve the people in his hometown, which was declared a city in 1998 Valenzuela, Philippines. The center, which remains in operation, regularly carries out medical missions, feeding programs, calamity response and assistance, scholarship grants, and youth outreach programs across Valenzuela City.[2]

Public service record[edit]

During his stint in the corporate world, Gatchalian became dismayed with rampant red tape and corruption, which made it hard for businessmen to do honest transactions with the government. His perception on Philippine governance prompted him to aspire for a position in the local government, where he hoped to initiate changes.

Legislator, Valenzuela City’s First District (2001–2004)[edit]

When Valenzuela City was divided into two congressional districts in 2001, he took his chance to run for the 12th Congress representing the newly created first district.

Without any experience in political campaigns and public service, Gatchalian joined the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which helped him win his first elective post by a landslide.[4] At 27, he became the second youngest member of the House of Representative during the 12th Congress.[5]

Gatchalian met with members of Liga ng mga Barangay at Barangay Coloong II to discuss how to eradicate poverty and implement reforms.
Gatchalian met with members of Liga ng mga Barangay in 2001 to discuss how to eradicate poverty and implement reforms.

During his term, he was part of 12 House committees, serving as vice chairman for House committees on Government Enterprise and Privatization, Tourism, as well as Trade and Industry. He was also a member of House committees on Appropriations, Banks and Financial Intermediaries, Ecology, Foreign Affairs, Games and Amusement, Housing and Urban Development, Labor and Employment, Legislative Franchise, Public Works and Highways, Transportation and Communication, and Youth and Sports Development.[6]

From 2001 to 2004, he principally authored a total of 10 bills and five resolutions, including those that called for the protection of migrant workers, the establishment of anti-illegal recruitment centers, and the construction of district drug rehabilitation centers, along with other developmental laws for the improvement of his home city among others [7]

The most notable of these included House Bill (HB) No. 2159 or “The Load Windows for Filipino Migrant Workers Act of 2001”, HB 3000 or “The Anti-Illegal Recruitment Center Act of 2001”, HB 4242 or “An amendment to Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995”, and HB 3318 or “An amendment to Charter of the City of Valenzuela” among others.[8]

Mayor, Valenzuela City (2004–2015)[edit]

Win Gatchalian with his brother Rex Gatchalian and late action star Fernando Poe Jr. during his mayoral campaign in 2004 National Elections.

With the end of his first term as Valenzuela City congressman in 2004, Gatchalian then ran for mayor, beating then Valenzuela City Mayor Jose Emmanuel “Bobbit” Carlos, whose term started in 1995.

As Valenzuela City mayor, Gatchalian used his corporate-style leadership to steer the city toward major reforms, using new technology to improve governance in the city hall. His leadership was marked with efficient delivery of high quality education, developments in public infrastructure, and the availability of proper health care services.

Waste Management Office collects garbage from residents of Valenzuela City.

Just six months into his first term as mayor, the veteran public servant successfully ended the city’s garbage woes, turning Valenzuela City into an urban model of cleanliness. In the aftermath of the devastation of Typhoon “Ondoy” (Ketsana) in 2009, Valenzuela City harnessed both public and private resources to become the first city in Metro Manila to clear its area of flood debris and rubbish.[2]

Meanwhile, in a bid to rein in corruption and improve public service, Gatchalian formed an Ethics board to assess the complaints of his constituents and impose sanctions on corrupt or erring officials in 2005. Since 2012, the Valenzuela City Ethics Board has already acted on 136 cases, including 43 cases that resulted in dismissals from public service.[9]

Issuance of permits, registration of property and tax collection became much easier and efficient thanks to Valenzuela City's Geographical Information System(GIS).

Gatchalian also streamlined simplified government transactions by integrating relevant technologies in government procedures. Improved tax collection, alongside a marked increase in taxpayers’ confidence in the local administration, has also led to a surge in city revenues. Income more than doubled from P900 million in 2004 to P2.1 billion in 2009.[9]

He also focused on providing job opportunities when he launched the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Online, which is the first ever job-matching online initiative of a local government unit in the Philippines in 2012.[10] Gatchalian also stepped up his campaign to integrate new technologies in delivering good governance after he introduced the Simple, Speed, Service (3S) Excellence in Public Service program in the same year.[11]

The 3S Program became the city’s anti-graft and corruption platform with the aim of guaranteed transparency and good governance. Under 3S Program, Gatchalian was also able to procure a Geographical Information System (GIS) for the City Assessor’s Office of Valenzuela City to prevent corruption in tax collection and enable a more accurate tax collection as it eliminates human intervention in tax mapping of properties in Valenzuela City.[12]

Gatchalian also helped make Valenzuela City a recipient of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Galing Pook Award for 2012 for its 3S in Public Service program.[13] The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry also recognized the city as the Most Business Friendly Local Government Unit in 2012 or two years after the DILG granted the highly urbanized city with the Seal of Good Housekeeping and the Best Governed Highly-Urbanized City Award in 2010.

At the end of his three-term as Valenzuela City mayor, Gatchalian was considered as a potential candidate for the 2013 Senatorial elections, but instead, he decided to run for Congress for his possible second term.[14]

Education program[edit]

Win Gatchalian spoke before elementary and high school teachers at the Alliance of Batangas Educators and School Administrators 3rd Education Summit held at the Batangas City Convention Center during his term as mayor of Valenzuela City on 2012.

As a public servant, Gatchalian considers the delivery of high quality education as his main platform in governance, saying that education is a powerful poverty-reduction tool. During his time as mayor of Valenzuela City, more than 2,000 classrooms were built from 2004 to 2012 under his ‘WIN ang Edukasyon’ program.[9]

Almost one million notebooks, lesson planners, and other teaching and learning materials were distributed every year since the ‘WIN ang Edukasyon’ program was formed. At the same time, public school teachers were given regular city government-sponsored trainings and seminars on the latest in teaching methods and strategies.[15]

Volunteers and NGO partners go hand-in-hand in preparing meals to be distributed to different schools at the central kitchen of the K-6 Feeding Program in barangay Balubaran, Valenzuela City.

In 2012, Gatchalian also pioneered first centralized citywide feeding program in the Philippines named as “K to 6 In-School Feeding Program.” In partnership with Ateneo de Manila Center For Education Development (ACED), Gatchalian launched K to 6 In-School Feeding Program to eradicate malnutrition among students, which could help kids perform better in school, in giving one free meal to every malnourished kid in all daycare and public elementary school in Valenzuela City.[16]

Under Gatchalian’s leadership, the local government of Valenzuela City also developed and conceptualized English and Mathematics workbooks exclusively for students of Valenzuela City in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) in the city and Synergeia Foundation, Inc.

Worktext Distribution for Grade 1 to Grade 6 of 'WIN ang Edukasyon' program.

Gatchalian tapped supervisors, school heads and teachers from Valenzuela City schools to develop instructional materials. This strategy dramatically reduced the cost of developing the workbooks from P350 to P50,[17] which enabled Valenzuela City to distribute a significant number of workbooks, which eventually benefitted many students in their public schools. From 2008 to 2013, about 582,772 workbooks were distributed to public school students in Valenzuela City.[18][19]

In public high schools, state-of-the-art computer laboratories were set up in support of the national government’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) program.[20][21] The initiative, which also benefitted public elementary schools, made it possible for the city to rank first in the DepEd’s National Achievement Test for Elementary for S.Y. 2010-2011.[22]

Out-of-school youths and inmates were also given education opportunities under Gatchalian’s programs on Alternative Learning System (ALS), such as Abot Kamay ang Pangarap (AKAP) and Kakosa Ko sa Karunungan (KKK).[23] Valenzuela City came on top in the Alternative Learning System Mandatory Accreditation and Equivalency Test in Metro Manila in 2011.[24]

Infrastructure development[edit]

The Lingunan-Lawang Bato overpass linking the eastern and western parts of Valenzuela City.
Official visit of officials of the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Marinduque in formalizing the sisterhood agreement of the Municipality and the City Government of Valenzuela led by Mayor Percival P. Morales and Vice Mayor Ismael P. Lim together with Municipal Councilors at the new Valenzuela City Hall.

Gatchalian also made infrastructure development in Valenzuela City a priority during his term, constantly improving city operations for both citizens and enterprises. In 2008, the city-funded P90-million Lingunan-Lawang Bato overpass was opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, finally linking the eastern and western portions of the city that had earlier been separated by the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX).[25]

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 oversaw the construction work of a new government complex, which strategically placed city offices and public service agencies in a single district. This included a new executive building, a finance center, and the police headquarters. A social hall, and a people’s center and legislative building, which houses the offices of the City Council and the Vice Mayor’s office, and the frontline service offices, were also established to facilitate public access to the local government. The old city hall building was also renovated and now serves as the Valenzuela City Hall of Justice. .[9]

Healthcare services[edit]

Win Gatchalian joined a Fun Run along Mac Arthur Highway and ended at the Valenzuela City Government Complex as part of his SureWIN sa Sports summer program during his term as mayor.

During his term as Valenzuela City mayor, Gatchalian increased the number of healthcare facilities and personnel to ensure that his constituents can easily avail free medical services.

He oversaw the construction of the three-story, 50-bed capacity Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital (VCEH) in barangay Dalandanan in 2012. The new public emergency hospital is 400% larger than the flood-prone, 20-bed capacity hospital of the same name that is located on Barangay Polo, Valenzuela City.[26][27]

Aside from a VCEH, the local government of Valenzuela City also built additional 5 health centers, 2 physical therapy centers, lying-in clinic and eye clinic from 2004 to 2012. Gatchalian was also able to mobilize 32 new ambulance.[9] In 2011, Valenzuela City’s Barangay Coloong Health Center topped all health centers in the National Capital Region (NCR) in Center for Health Development’s (CHD) Best Sanitation Practices Awards for the year.[28]

To fill the manpower needed in the new healthcare facilities, Gatchalian employed additional 16 doctors and 23 nurses in the Valenzuela City Health Office. He was also able to gather a total of 316 barangay health workers, 135 barangay population managers and 44 barangay nutrition scholars to help in the implementation and delivery of the local government’s health programs.[29]

Health Workers in Valenzuela City delivers medicine to far-flung areas in Valenzuela City in the local government's Dalaw ni Doc program.

For his health programs, Gatchalian launched programs on responsible parenting and reproductive health in 2005. As such, the number of individuals under the Valenzuela City's family planning program jumped from 10,242 in 2004 up to 76,763 in 2012. The surge of family planning acceptors led to the reduction of the rate of crude birth, infant mortality and maternal mortality recorded in Valenzuela City in 2011.[30]

In 2009, Gatchalian also spearheaded the “Dalaw ni Dok” program that gives a door-to-door health assistance to marginalized senior citizens who cannot leave their homes and visit their respective health centers because of illness or disability.[31] Aside from a door-to-door health assistance, the local government of Valenzuela City also delivered free medicines to senior citizens afflicted with diabetes, high blood and arthritis through Gatchalian’s “Gamot Handog” Program, which already helped a total of 1,522 elderly in 2010.[32]

Legislator, Valenzuela City’s First District (2013–present)[edit]

Valenzuela City Congressman Win Gatchalian he pushes for revival of ROTC program in all colleges nationwide in a hearing in the House Committee on Public Order.

In 2012, Gatchalian served as United Nationalist Alliance’s deputy campaign manager for the upcoming 2013 elections. The coalition also considered fielding him for their senatorial slate on the 2013 polls.[14]

However, Gatchalian decided to drop his chance in the Senate to run for a seat in House of Representative instead. Running under the banner of NPC, Gatchalian was re-elected as the First District Representative of Valenzuela City after a convincing win with 67,992 votes, which comprises 70.05 percent of the total actual voters in the first district of Valenzuela City.[33]

During the 16th Congress, Gatchalian served as vice chairman in House committees on Housing and Urban Development, and Metro Manila Development. He was also an active member for House committees on Basic Education and Culture, Higher and Technical Education, Local Government, Trade and Industry, and Foreign Affairs.[34]

Among the bills and resolutions he principally authored, his House Bill (HB) No. 5099 or the “Parking Fees Regulation Act”, HB 5098 or “Proof of Parking Space Act”, HB 4714 or “Servando Act”, HB 3681 or “Bill of Rights of Taxi Passengers”, HB 4284 or “CCTV Cameras for Crime Prevention Act”, and HB 4081 or “Equitable Access to Math and Science Education Act” became popular.[35]

Servando Act[edit]

In June 2014, Gatchalian has repeatedly called on the attention of the authorities to investigate the death of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Cesar Servando and three other students who were injured in an alleged hazing incident conducted by members of Tau Gamma Phi (TGP) in a condominium in Taft Avenue in Pasay City, Philippines. [36]

Gatchalian filed House Bill No. 4714 or the “Servando Act”, which seeks to repeal Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law of 1995 and totally ban any forms of hazing activity. He pointed out the current Anti-Hazing Law actually allows hazing activities under certain circumstances. Besides banning hazing and violent initiation rites, the new bill wants to impose heavier penalties, including the provision of damages to the victims and their family.[37]

In August 2014, the House Committee on Revision of Laws appointed Gatchalian as the head of the technical working group that will consolidate five bills, which seek to amend the Anti-Hazing Law of 1995.[38] In February 2015, the Gatchalian-led technical working group submitted the consolidated version of five hazing-related bills and was later on approved of 2nd reading in the House of Representatives.[39]

Radio Commentator and Parenting Expert Bessie Rios educates mothers and fathers in a Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp in Andres Bonifacio Elementary School in Caloocan City on February 28, 2015.

Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp campaign[edit]

In August 2014, Gatchalian launched the “Nanay-Teacher Parenting Program” to gather parents all over the country and give them more useful tips and advice on how they can teach well their children after school in the comforts of their homes.

Gatchalian also gathered and educated almost 500 parents who are members of Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) in public elementary schools in Valenzuela City. These PTA members then became volunteers when “Nanay-Teacher Parenting Program” was implemented in full-force in all 32 public elementary schools in Valenzuela City from September 15 to December 15, 2014.[40]

In the final tally of the DepEd’s Division City Schools-Valenzuela (DCS-V), the parenting program helped around 53,881 parents.[41]

Gatchalian also filed House Bill No. 5243 or “Nanay-Teacher Parenting Program Act”, which seeks to institutionalize the parenting program all over the country.[41]

Public transportation reforms[edit]

Gatchalian rides a freight in the Light Rail Transit (LRT) last May 2014 in his quest to find more solutions for the traffic woes of daily commuters.

In October 2013, Gatchalian called for the resignation of the managers of Manila International Airport Authority and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after NAIA Terminal 1 was tagged again by Sleeping Airports, an international travel blog, as the “world’s worst airport”.[42]

Gatchalian was interviewed by media men as he inspects secondary roads in Metro Manila where there are many reported cases of illegal sidestreet parking.

Gatchalian also filed House Resolution No. 909 in March 2014, which seeks to probe the alleged mismanagement in the administration and operations of the NAIA. Gatchalian also urged the Department of Transportation and Communications and DOT to institute measures to erase NAIA’s “disturbing” label as the “world’s worst airport”.[43]

To promote responsible car ownership and prevent parking on public roads, Gatchalian filed House Bill No. 5098 or the “Proof of Parking Space Act” in October 2014 proposes to compel prospective car buyers in Metro Manila to show proof that they have a garage before being allowed to purchase a vehicle.[44]

Along with HB 5098, Gatchalian also filed House Bill No. 5099 or the “Parking Fees Regulation Act”, which seeks to impose a flat parking fee of P40 for eight hours in all business establishments, hospitals, and schools.[45] A few weeks since it was filed, the Metro Manila Development Authority expressed its support toward Gatchalian’s proposal, saying that it could help decongest the already crowded streets of Metro Manila.[46]

In January 2015, Gatchalian told the Metro Manila Development Authority on Friday to implement the Bus Rapid Transit system that would utilize bus ways, stations, and terminals that are adapted for large-capacity buses.[47]

Anti-DoTA Addiction bill[edit]

Gatchalian browses his computer during his free time.

In February 2015, Gatchalian’s House Bill No. 4740 or the “Internet Café Regulation Act” [48] made rounds in social media and had split the opinions of netizens as the bill aims to limit minors’ access to computer games, like the popular multiplayer online battle arena game Defense of the Ancients and Counter-Strike at Internet cafes.

Under HB 4740, minors will be prohibited in computer shops and Internet café during school hours. The proposed measure also prohibits computer shop owners from allowing minors to enter their establishment from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. during weekends and holidays to limit children’s access to computer games.[49]

Nutri-Skwela Act of 2015[edit]

Gatchalian watches students eat during his visit at the Valenzuela City Central Kitchen in barangay Balubaran that feeds all daycare pupils and malnourished public elementary students within the city.

Gatchalian filed a bill seeking the creation of a nationwide feeding program to resolve malnutrition and undernourishment of students in January 2015. His House Bill No. 5348 or “Nutri-Skwela Act of 2015” mandates the creation of the Philippine Basic Education Nutrition, and Performance Acceleration Program.[50]

The program will ensure that at least one meal on each school day of the academic year is made available free-of-charge to all children enrolled in day care, kindergarten and grades 1-6 in all public educational institutions all over the country. Children whose daily academic program lasts for more than five hours should be eligible for two meals free of charge.

Magna Carta for Out-Of-School Youth[edit]

On June 2015, Gatchalian has filed a House Bill No. 5896 or the “Magna Carta for Out-Of-School Youth,” defining the rights of OSY and requiring technical and vocational education to be provided for them without cost.[51]

OSY is defined by HB 5896 as those aged 6 to 17 who are not attending formal school and those aged 18 to 24 who are not in school, are jobless, and have not finished college or any course after high school.

Under Gatchalian’s proposed measure, the government shall also provide mandatory technical or vocational education for free to OSY, with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) regulating the course that would last at least six months. The Valenzuela City representative said out-of-school youngsters will be given the right to protection from violence, particularly physical abuse, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. The bill also lays out the OSY's right to equal treatment before the law.

Free Higher Education Act[edit]

Gatchalian talks in front of students of Bohol Island State University (BISU) in Tagbilaran City in one of his Free Higher Education forum.

On July 2015, the Gatchalian also filed a bill that seeks to fully subsidize tuition fees in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) for any undergraduate and certificate degree. The bill mandates the creation of the Special Tuition Subsidy Fund, which shall be managed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Gatchalian said there is enough fiscal space to allow the government to fully subsidize tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) for any undergraduate and certificate degree.[52]

On August 24, the House Committee on Higher Education has approved a bill seeking to make college education at state universities and colleges, tuition-free. The panel approved his bill and it will not proceed to the appropriations panels for funding requirements.

Gatchalian said the bill only needs about P10 billion to P12 billion to be implemented. He also hopes the bill will become a law despite the tight schedule of Congress.

Awards and affiliations[edit]

Gatchalian was conferred of the coveted 2011 The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Public Service.
Sherwin Gatchalian was recognized in Devex Manila 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders awards on 2013 for his impact in catalyzing change both in the Philippines and abroad.

In 2008, the National Police Commission recognized Gatchalian as the Best Mayor in CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela).[53]

As mayor from 2004 to 2013, Gatchalian received several awards, such as being hailed as one of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines’ Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Honoree for Public Service in 2010 and was cited as one of International Development Leaders in 2013 by the Development Executive Group (DevEx) Manila 40 Under 40. He was also named as one of the 2013 Champions for Health Governance Awardee distinguished by the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, and the Department of Health as well as one of 2013 Champions of Health Governance from the Ateneo School of Government, DOH, and DILG.

His strong affiliation and strong support to the projects of the Philippine Red Cross earned him the Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon in 2011, and the Silver Humanitarian Service Cross Award in 2014. The Boy Scouts of the Philippines also awarded him with Silver Usa Award in 2013 for his active participation and endorsements for the groups’ programs.[54]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jose Emmanuel Carlos
Mayor of Valenzuela
Succeeded by
Rexlon Gatchalian
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Rexlon Gatchalian
Representative of the First District of Valenzuela
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Magtanggol T. Gunigundo I
Defunct District
Representative of the First District of Valenzuela
Succeeded by
Jose Emmanuel Carlos