Win Gatchalian

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The Honorable
Win Gatchalian
Sherwin Gatchalian
Gatchalian in 2013.
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Energy Committee
Assumed office
July 25, 2016
Preceded by Sergio Osmeña III
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Economic Affairs Committee
Assumed office
July 25, 2016
Preceded by JV Ejercito
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Valenzuela's 1st District
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Preceded by Rex Gatchalian
Succeeded by Wes Gatchalian
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2004
Preceded by Post created
Lone district
Succeeded by Jose Emmanuel Carlos
Mayor of Valenzuela
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Jose Emmanuel Carlos
Succeeded by Rex Gatchalian
Personal details
Born Sherwin Ting Gatchalian
(1974-04-06) April 6, 1974 (age 43)
Manila, Philippines
Political party Nationalist People's Coalition
Alma mater Boston University
Occupation Politician
In this Philippine name, the middle name or maternal family name is Ting and the surname or paternal family name is Gatchalian.

Sherwin Ting Gatchalian (born April 6, 1974), commonly known as Win Gatchalian, is a Filipino politician and businessman from the city of Valenzuela. He was elected to the Philippine Senate in 2016. He was the representative of Valenzuela's first district from 2001 to 2004 and from 2013 to 2016; he also served as the city's mayor for three consecutive terms from 2004 to 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Gatchalian was born on April 6, 1974, the eldest of four children of Chinese-Filipino business tycoon William Tiu Gatchalian and Dee Hua Ting. Gatchalian's siblings include Rexlon, Weslie and non-politician Kenneth. Gatchalian made public his high regard for his father as a model for hard work and perseverance.[1]

He finished Bachelor of Science Major in Finance and Operations Management in Boston University in Massachusetts, USA; while he graduated high school in Grace Christian High School in Quezon City, Philippines.

His family has business interests in the plastic manufacturer Wellex Group[2] and in Waterfront Hotels and Casinos.[3]

Political career[edit]

Gatchalian is the first generation of politicians from his family. His other relatives serving in government include brother Rexlon, who was the representative for the first district of Valenzuela and later the city's mayor, and brother Weslie, who also held the same Lower House office.

Gatchalian has been a member of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) since joining politics in 2001.[4] From March to May 2013, he went on a political hiatus from NPC when he became the deputy campaign manager for United Nationalist Alliance.[5]

House of Representatives (2001-2004)[edit]

Gatchalian was first elected to the House of Representatives of the Philippines in 2001, at the time when Valenzuela's congressional representation was divided into two separate districts. He defeated the second district representative-elect Magtanggol Gunigundo's father in the race.[6]

Mayor of Valenzuela (2004-2013)[edit]

Gatchalian, during the awarding ceremony of TOYM 2011 in the Malacañang Palace.

After then incumbent Valenzuela mayor Bobbit Carlos' term expiration in 2004, Gatchalian ran and won the mayoralty position for the first time, defeating Carlos' wife, Margarita.[7]

Gatchalian formulated the "WIN ang Edukasyon Program" (Education Wins Program) for public schools to address immediate needs of Valenzuela's schoolchildren. This included feeding programs, the purchase of additional textbooks, and construction of more classrooms.[8] The program also aimed to improve the level of reading proficiency of all public school children in the city.[9]

In 2009, Gatchalian started the "Disiplina Village" (Discipline Village) in Barangay Ugong, a housing project for the relocation of families displaced by the Northrail Project of the Philippine National Railways and those victimized by Typhoon Ondoy.[10] The project initially benefited some 1,800 from the city.[11] Gatchalian opened the second phase of the housing project in 2012.[12]

House of Representatives (2013-2016)[edit]

Gatchalian initially considered running for the Senate in the 2013 midterm election as part of then incumbent vice-president Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance senatorial slate. He later dropped his bid after the release of Pulse Asia's September 2012 survey placing him in the 26th-35th mark among people's choice for the Senate.[13] He instead ran for a House of Representative post for Valenzuela's first district, the post he first held in 2001.

Gatchalian returned to the Lower House in 2013, as allowed by the 1987 Constitution's prescription on term limitations for local posts. He replaced his younger brother, Rex, who was the incumbent representative at the time.

Some of his proposed bills during this 2013 term include acts regulating parking fees in malls and commercial areas,[14] including ROTC among the prerequisites for tertiary level graduation,[15] increasing the budget for NAIA to transform its global image,[16] abolishing the Road Board (a government agency that handled motor vehicle users' tax and road users' tax),[17] protecting passengers against abusive and itinerant taxi drivers,[18] for the declaration of candidates seeking to profit from election polls as nuisance candidates,[19] as well as a proposed bill requiring proofs of parking space to car purchasers as a means to lessen traffic congestion.[20]

Gatchalian is one of the main advocates of free higher education in the Philippines, advocating for the fully subsidized tuition and other scholastic needs of qualified students with good academic and moral standing.[21] He also supports the implementation K–12 education in the Philippines as an investment for the future of younger generations.[22]

Senate (2016-present)[edit]

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, in a political assembly at Club Filipino, senator and presidential candidate Grace Poe announced her senatorial slate under the coalition Partido Galing at Puso; the slate included Gatchalian.[23]

Gatchalian is currently the chair of the Senate committees on Economic Affairs; and Energy during the 17th Congress.[24]

He is also the vice chair of the Senate committees on Education, Arts, and Culture; Local Government; and Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship.

The Senator's committee memberships in the Senate include Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies; Finance; Foreign Relations; National Defense and Security; Public Works; Rules; Sports; Urban Planning, Housing, and Resettlement; and Ways and Means.

Gatchalian has filed priority bills in the Senate including the Free Higher Education Act (Senate Bill No. 198), Proof-of-Parking Space Act (Senate Bill No. 201), The Alternative Learning System Act (Senate Bill No. 205), Inclusive Education for Children and Youth with Special Needs Act of 2016 (Senate Bill No. 996), Electric Cooperatives Disaster Management Fund Act (Senate Bill No. 1253), Virtual One Stop Shop Act of 2016 (Senate Bill No. 1286), System Loss Charge (Senate Bill No. 1188), among many others.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Gatchalian received various awards and recognition during his term as a pol itician, including the following:

  • The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) [2011] for public service, conferred by President Benigno Aquino III for his outstanding government service.[10]
  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romulo, Mons (February 17, 2013). "Who has been the greatest influence in your life?". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.wellex.com.ph/category/our-history/profile-and-history
  3. ^ http://www.waterfronthotels.com.ph/waterfront/board-of-directors/
  4. ^ "Hon. Sherwin T. Gatchalian" (PDF). Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Boncocan, Karen; Elona, Jamie (March 14, 2013). "Sherwin Gatchalian tapped as UNA deputy campaign manager". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Ronda, Rainier Allan; Botial, Jerry (May 21, 2001). "Trinidad, Fresnedi and Carlos proclaimed". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ Botial, Jerry; Laude, Pete (May 21, 2004). "Gatchalian prevails in Valenzuela". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ Gatchalian, Sherwin T. (October 2, 2013). "Realizing Good Governance Through Good Education" (PDF). 12th National Convention on Statistics (NCS). 
  9. ^ "Win ang Edukasyon sa Valenzuela City". Synergeia Foundation. May 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "PNoy confers TOYM award on Gatchalian". The Philippine Star. December 8, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ Raymundo, Perfecto T. (February 10, 2010). "PGMA to break ground for Valenzuela City's P100-M 'Disiplina Village' on Friday". Balita.ph. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Binay, Win Gatchalian open "Disiplina Village"". The Freeman. May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ Macaraig, Ayee (September 26, 2012). "Congress, not Senate, for Sherwin Gatchalian". Rappler. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ Yap, DJ (October 20, 2014). "Bill filed vs steep parking fees". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  15. ^ Yap, DJ (May 27, 2014). "Bill filed reviving ROTC for college students". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Congressional probe on Naia's 'appalling global image' sought". Philippine Daily Inquirer. April 21, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ Salaverria, Leila (January 3, 2014). "Legislator seeks abolition of Road Board". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  18. ^ Viray, Patricia Lourdes (November 17, 2014). "Solon proposes 'Bill of Rights of Taxi Passengers'". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  19. ^ Arcangel, Xianne (November 15, 2015). "Solon wants bets seeking to profit from polls declared nuisance". GMA News. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  20. ^ Corrales, Nestor (September 23, 2015). "Bill on proof of parking space as pre-requisite in buying car proposed". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  21. ^ Romeo, Philippine Star (August 25, 2015). "House panel approves free college education bill". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  22. ^ Geronimo, Jee Y. (November 14, 2015). "Gatchalian on why he supports K to 12, free higher education". Rappler. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  23. ^ Siazon, Rachel (November 4, 2015). "Grace Poe, Chiz Escudero announce senatorial bets under 'Team Galing at Puso'". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  24. ^ "17th Congress Committee Chairmanship (as of August 23, 2016)" (PDF). Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bobbit Carlos
Mayor of Valenzuela
2004–2013
Succeeded by
Rex Gatchalian
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Rex Gatchalian
Representative of the First District of Valenzuela
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Wes Gatchalian
Preceded by
Post created
Representative of the First District of Valenzuela
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Bobbit Carlos