Win Gatchalian

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The Honorable
Win Gatchalian
Sherwin Gatchalian
Senator Win Gatchalian
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
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
Mayor of Valenzuela
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
Succeeded by

Rex Gatchalian

Win Gatchalian during his stint in the private sector.
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

Senator Sherwin Ting Gatchalian (/ɡɑːɑːljɑːn/ born April 6, 1974), commonly known as WIN Gatchalian, is a Filipino politician and businessman from Valenzuela City. 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.

Senator Win is no neophyte to public service with his 15 years of experience marked by integrity and a relentless drive to serve his countrymen.

A former award-winning mayor and congressman of Valenzuela City, he made the move from the local political arena to the national stage after winning a seat in the Senate during the May 2016 elections.

As Chairman of the Senate Committees on Energy, and Economic Affairs[2], respectively, his approach to running both committees has been united by a common theme— empowering consumers. The good senator has steered both committees in a pro-consumer direction, focusing on measures which will foster greater competition within critical industries, boost efficiency of services, and lower the costs shouldered by the general public.

To bring this legislative agenda to life, he has authored or sponsored several key measures, including the Recoverable System Loss Act,[3] the Energy Virtual One Stop Shop (EVOSS) Act[4], the Philippine Innovation Act,[5] and the Benham Rise Development Authority Act.

And then, of course, there’s education, the platform that propelled his rise in the polls during the 2016 election campaign. He has made good on his promise to pass legislation establishing a tuition-free scheme in state universities and colleges. The Senate has approved Senate Bill No. 1304, Affordable Higher Education For All Act,[6] a consolidated version of Senator Win’s Free Higher Education Act[7], a landmark legislation that would make education within reach of deserving but underprivileged students.


Win Gatchalian graduates with the degree in Bachelor of Science Major in Finance and Operations Management in Massachusetts, 1995.

Senator Win traces his educational foundation to the prestigious Boston University in Massachusetts, USA, where he graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science Major in Finance and Operations Management in 1995; while he graduated both grade school and high school at Grace Christian High School in Quezon City, Philippines.

During his college days, he also underwent basic life support trainings as a member of the International Red Cross in Massachusetts, USA.

He also took 1-year language course on Mandarin at the Beijing Language and Culture University in China from 1995 to 1996.

Private Sector[edit]

Win Gatchalian as congressman during a public hearing at the House of Representatives, 2014.

Senator Win's diverse experience in the private sector prepared him for public service, building his management, problem-solving, and leadership skills. He was the Executive Vice President of The Wellex Group[8], one of the leading diversified investment firms in the Philippines, from 1997 to 2001. At the same time, he served as the Vice Chairman and Director of the country’s second largest airline company, the Air Philippines, from 1998 to 1999. Also as Vice Chairman of the Waterfront Philippines, Inc.,[9] he was responsible for turning Waterfront into one of the country’s premier hotel chains.

Public Service[edit]

After a successful stint in the private sector as a top-level corporate executive, Senator Win took the challenge in government service. He was elected Representative of Valenzuela City’s first district to the 12th Congress in 2001, at the young age of 27, and served up to 2004.

Win Gatchalian as mayor of the city of Valenzuela.

Mayor (2004-2013)[edit]

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

In 2004, he was elected Mayor of Valenzuela City. During his nine-year tenure as mayor, he revolutionized governance in City Hall by instituting reforms which eradicated corruption, fostered robust growth in the local business sector, and significantly improved the provision of essential social services in education, health, and other key areas.

Under Senator Win’s professional and innovative style of leadership during three consecutive terms as chief executive, Valenzuela City was transformed from a sleepy factory town into a first class city—recognized by the Galing Pook Award as a Center for Innovations and Excellence in 2012, by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incorporated as the Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit in 2012, by World Bank as Business-Friendly City in the country in 2011, and by the prestigious National University of Singapore for innovations that made business transactions and tax collections faster and more efficient.

His distinct brand of leadership has earned him countless accolades, including The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Honoree for Public Service from the Junior Chamber International Philippines in 2011 and Manila 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders by the Development Executive Group (DevEx) in 2013.

Congressman (2013-2016)[edit]

In 2013, Win returned to the House of Representatives to represent the First District of Valenzuela City once more. During the 16th Congress, Senator Win became one of the foremost advocates of genuine education reform. He filed several key measures, including bills aiming to eliminate student hunger and malnutrition, empower teachers, and alleviate the growing financial burden on families imposed by the skyrocketing cost of education.

Senate (2016-present)[edit]

Senator Win is currently the chair of the Senate Committees on Economic Affairs; and Energy during the 17th Congress.[10]

He is also the Vice Chairman 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:

  • Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon)
  • Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Climate Change
  • Committee on Electoral Reforms and People's Participation
  • Committee on Public Works
  • Committee on National Defense and Security
  • Committee on Rules
  • Committee on Social Justice, Welfare, and Rural Development
  • Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resource Development
  • Committee on Ways and Means

Senator Win 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.

On May 2017, the bicameral conference report of Senate Bill No. 1304 and House Bill No. 5633, simply known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, has been ratified in the Senate. The enrolled bill is yet to be approved by President Rodrigo Duterte for signature into law. The said bill aims to make college tuition fees free in all state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the entire Philippines.

Public Service Record[edit]

His early years of corporate experience in transacting with various government agencies actually inspired Senator Win to become a public servant.

As a top business executive, he saw the need for government agencies to ease the burden on entrepreneurs, who want to expand their businesses, in order to boost local economy.

So when Valenzuela City’s lone congressional district was divided into two in 2001, he took his chance to run for public office and became the first representative of the first district in Valenzuela City.

As a member of the 12th Congress, Senator Win served as vice chairman for the House Committees on: Government Enterprise and Privatization, Trade and Industry, as well as Tourism until 2004.

From clinching his first congressional seat, Senator Win then moved on to serve as the mayor of 600,000 Valenzuelanos for three consecutive terms from 2004 to 2013.

With a degree on finance and management as well as solid experience working at top level positions in prime companies, he treated Valenzuela City as a brand name and ran it like a private corporation.


Just six months into his first term as mayor, Senator Win ended the city’s garbage woes and turned Valenzuela into an urban model of cleanliness.

In the aftermath of the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009, he was able to help make Valenzuela City as the first city in Metro Manila to clear its 4,459.4-hectare land area of flood debris and rubbish.

Senator Win also streamlined and simplified government transactions in his bid to rein in corruption and to improve public service.

By integrating relevant technologies in government procedures, he was also able to improve tax collection and increase taxpayers’ confidence in local administration.

In fact, Valenzuela City’s revenues and income more than doubled from P900 million in 2004 to P2.1 billion in 2013.

Infrastructure Projects[edit]

Senator Win made infrastructure development in Valenzuela a priority during his term, constantly improving city operations for both citizens and enterprises.

In 2008, he opened the government-funded P90-million Lingunan-Lawang Bato overpass to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. It linked 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 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.

 Education Program[edit]

When he was still the mayor of Valenzuela City, Senator Win launched a comprehensive educational program.

His 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 in teaching methods and strategies.

In support of the national government’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) program, he also distributed state-of-the-art computer laboratories to public high schools.

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.[11]
  • 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


Political offices
Preceded by
Bobbit Carlos
Mayor of Valenzuela
Succeeded by
Rex Gatchalian
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Rex Gatchalian
Representative of the First District of Valenzuela
Succeeded by
Wes Gatchalian
Preceded by
Post created
Representative of the First District of Valenzuela
Succeeded by
Bobbit Carlos