Win Gatchalian

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Sherwin T. Gatchalian
Sherwin Gatchalian
Gatchalian in 2013.
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Valenzuela's First 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 42)
Manila, Philippines
Political party Nationalist People's Coalition
Other political
United Nationalist Alliance (2013)
Alma mater Boston University
Occupation Businessman
This name uses Philippine naming customs. 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. 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]

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.[2] From March to May 2013, he went on a political hiatus from NPC when he became the deputy campaign manager for United Nationalist Alliance.[3]

As a senator of the Philippines, Education is among of his top priorities.[4] This is evident with the bills he submitted namely Nutri-Skwela Act of 2015,[5] Equitable Access to Math and Science Education Act,[6] The Continuing Education for Teachers Act,[7] Alternative Learning System Act,[8] and because of the Philippines v. China (also known as The South China Sea Arbitration), Mandatory ROTC bill.[9] But on 2016, he also vowed to be a senator who is a "champion for housing" as he threw his support for Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations Inc. (CREBA).[10]

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.[11]

Mayor of Valenzuela (2004-2013)[edit]

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.[12]

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.[13] The program also aimed to improve the level of reading proficiency of all public school children in the city.[14]

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.[15] The project initially benefited some 1,800 from the city.[16] Gatchalian opened the second phase of the housing project in 2012.[17]

Before the expiration of his term, Gatchalian was ranked as the fourth richest mayor in Metro Manila, with a net worth of ₱85.47 million.[18]

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.[19] 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,[20] including ROTC among the prerequisites for tertiary level graduation,[21] increasing the budget for NAIA to transform its global image,[22] abolishing the Road Board (a government agency that handled motor vehicle users' tax and road users' tax),[23] protecting passengers against abusive and itinerant taxi drivers,[24] for the declaration of candidates seeking to profit from election polls as nuisance candidates,[25] as well as a proposed bill requiring proofs of parking space to car purchasers as a means to lessen traffic congestion.[26]

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.[27] He also supports the implementation K–12 education in the Philippines as an investment for the future of younger generations.[28]

In 2015, Gatchalian, including some members in his family, were indicted by the Ombudsman for graft and malversation charges for an anomalous purchase of a rural thrift bank using government fund from the Local Water Utilities Administration.[29][30]

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.[31]

Personal life[edit]

To date, Gatchalian is a bachelor and without children. He dated actress Pauleen Luna from 2007 to 2008; their relationship was widely covered by the media.[32]

Awards and recognition[edit]

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

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

  • The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in 2011 for public service, conferred by President Benigno Aquino III for his outstanding government service.[15]


  1. ^ Romulo, Mons (February 17, 2013). "Who has been the greatest influence in your life?". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Hon. Sherwin T. Gatchalian" (PDF). Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ Boncocan, Karen; Elona, Jamie (March 14, 2013). "Sherwin Gatchalian tapped as UNA deputy campaign manager". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Leader I Want: Sherwin Gatchalian’s to-fix list for 2016". Rappler. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Nutri-Skwela Act OF 2015". Win Gatchalian. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Equitable Access To Math And Science Education Act". Win Gatchalian. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Continuing Education For Teacher Act". Win Gatchalian. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Alternative Learning System Act". Win Gatchalian. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Yap, DJ. "Bill filed reviving ROTC for college students". Inquirer. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sen. Gathalian Supports CREBA Initiatives". Property Asia PH. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Ronda, Rainier Allan; Botial, Jerry (May 21, 2001). "Trinidad, Fresnedi and Carlos proclaimed". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ Botial, Jerry; Laude, Pete (May 21, 2004). "Gatchalian prevails in Valenzuela". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ Gatchalian, Sherwin T. (October 2, 2013). "Realizing Good Governance Through Good Education" (PDF). 12th National Convention on Statistics (NCS). 
  14. ^ "Win ang Edukasyon sa Valenzuela City". Synergeia Foundation. May 14, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "PNoy confers TOYM award on Gatchalian". The Philippine Star. December 8, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ Raymundo, Perfecto T. (February 10, 2010). "PGMA to break ground for Valenzuela City's P100-M 'Disiplina Village' on Friday". Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Binay, Win Gatchalian open "Disiplina Village"". The Freeman. May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  18. ^ Punongbayan, Michael (May 17, 2013). "Eusebio richest mayor, De Guzman poorest, Binay third poorest". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  19. ^ Macaraig, Ayee (September 26, 2012). "Congress, not Senate, for Sherwin Gatchalian". Rappler. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  20. ^ Yap, DJ (October 20, 2014). "Bill filed vs steep parking fees". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  21. ^ Yap, DJ (May 27, 2014). "Bill filed reviving ROTC for college students". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Congressional probe on Naia’s ‘appalling global image’ sought". Philippine Daily Inquirer. April 21, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  23. ^ Salaverria, Leila (January 3, 2014). "Legislator seeks abolition of Road Board". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  24. ^ Viray, Patricia Lourdes (November 17, 2014). "Solon proposes 'Bill of Rights of Taxi Passengers'". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  25. ^ Arcangel, Xianne (November 15, 2015). "Solon wants bets seeking to profit from polls declared nuisance". GMA News. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ Romeo, Philippine Star (August 25, 2015). "House panel approves free college education bill". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  28. ^ Geronimo, Jee Y. (November 14, 2015). "Gatchalian on why he supports K to 12, free higher education". Rappler. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  29. ^ Lopez, Melissa Luz (April 17, 2015). "Ombudsman to file graft, malversation, other charges against Pichay, Gatchalians". CNN Philippines. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Pichay, Gatchalians among indicted for bank takeover". CNN Philippines. April 19, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  31. ^ Siazon, Rachel (November 4, 2015). "Grace Poe, Chiz Escudero announce senatorial bets under 'Team Galing at Puso'". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Sherwin Gatchalian’s showbiz connection". The Manila Times. August 15, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
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