Win Gatchalian

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Sherwin "Win" Ting Gatchalian (born April 6, 1974) is a Filipino politician and businessman who is currently serving as Senator of the Philippines. A member of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), he formerly served as Congressman for the 1st District of Valenzuela from 2001 to 2004 and from 2013 to 2016. He also served as Mayor of Valenzuela City from 2004 to 2013.

Win Gatchalian
Sherwin Gatchalian
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Committee on Energy (17th to 18th Congress)
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture (18th Congress)
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Valenzuela's First District
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byRex Gatchalian
Succeeded byWes Gatchalian
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2004
Preceded byPost created
Lone district
Succeeded byJose Emmanuel Carlos
Mayor of Valenzuela
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
Preceded byJose Emmanuel Carlos
Succeeded byRex Gatchalian
Personal details
Sherwin Ting Gatchalian

(1974-04-06) April 6, 1974 (age 47)
Manila, Philippines
Political partyNationalist People's Coalition
RelationsRex Gatchalian (brother)
Weslie Gatchalian (brother)
ResidenceValenzuela, Philippines
Alma materBoston University
Net worth95.4 million[1]
(Dec. 31, 2019)
CommitteesFormer Chair of the Philippine Senate
Committee on Economic Affairs (17th Congress)
WebsiteOfficial website

In 2001, Gatchalian was elected as Representative of the 1st District of Valenzuela. After one term in Congress, he ran and was elected for the position of Mayor of Valenzuela City. During his term as mayor, Gatchalian ended the city's garbage woes and oversaw the clearing operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy. He also implemented a number of education programs,[2] the establishment of the Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science, and the accessibility to tertiary public educational institutions in the city, among others.

After serving as Mayor of Valenzuela City for three terms,[3] Gatchalian once again ran and was elected as 1st District Representative of Valenzuela in 2013. His return to the Lower House saw Gatchalian try to implement some of Valenzuela City's education reform initiatives[4] with the filing of House Bill No. 5905, or the Free Higher Education Act.[5][6]

Gatchalian then ran for and won a position in the Senate during the 2016 Philippine Senate election with his campaign around the promise of passing the Free Higher Education Act.[7] In early 2017, the Senate passed the Free Higher Education Act,[5] which Gatchalian co-authored and co-sponsored. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the measure into law as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (Republic Act No. 10931) in August 2017.[8]

In addition to chairing the Senate Committees on Energy and Economic Affairs, Gatchalian has also authored a number of key measures that have been signed into law, including the Murang Kuryente Act,[9][10] Elective Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act,[11] the Energy Virtual One Stop Shop Act,[12] the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act,[13] and the Mobile Number Portability Act.[14][15]

Early life and educationEdit

Gatchalian was born to industrialist William Gatchalian and Dee Hua Ting. He is the eldest of four siblings, namely Kenneth, Rexlon "Rex", and Weslie "Wes" Gatchalian.[16] The Gatchalian family identifies as Christian with Dee Hua being a pastor and chairman at their own church Jesus our Life Ministries in Barangay Maysan, Valenzuela.[17]

Political careerEdit

Gatchalian has been a member of the political party Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) since joining politics in 2001.[18] He is the first generation of politicians from his family, alongside his sibling Rex Gatchalian, who is currently serving as mayor of Valenzuela City and Wes Gatchalian who is the first district representative of Valenzuela City.[19]

Mayor, Valenzuela City (2004–2013)Edit

Gatchalian receiving the award for The Outstanding Young Men 2011

During his nine-year tenure as local chief executive, Gatchalian revolutionized good governance in the City Government of Valenzuela through reforms which eradicated corruption, fostered growth in the local business sector, and improved the provision of social services in education, health, in-city housing, and other key areas.[20][21][22][23] Gatchalian developed city infrastructure operations for both citizens and enterprises. In 2008, he opened the government-funded P90-million Lingunan-Lawang Bato.[24]

Gatchalian at the 3rd Alliance of Batangas Educators and School Administrators in 2012

He formulated the "WIN ang Edukasyon Program" (Education Wins Program).[25][26] Gatchalian initiated various education programs, such as public schools including the Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science, accessibility to college education particularly in the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela and Valenzuela Polytechnic College, school-based "K to 6 In-School Feeding Program"[27] that mobilized communities; empowerment of parents through the Nanay-Teacher Program,[28][29][30] and continuous mastery of skills to strengthen competencies of teachers.[31]

Representative of the 1st District of Valenzuela (2013–2016)Edit

When Gatchalian returned to the Lower House in 2013, he filed education reforms to increase the number of math and science high schools across the country and to establish a nationwide school-based feeding program for kinder and elementary students across the country. On July 6, 2015, he filed the original version of the bill that revolutionized access to college education for millions of Filipino—the House Bill No. 5905,[32] An Act Providing for Full Tuition Subsidy in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), more commonly known as the Free Higher Education Act, that translated into the current law Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. He also supports the implementation K–12 education in the Philippines as an investment for the future of younger generations.[33]

Some of his other proposed bills during this term include acts regulating parking fees in malls and commercial areas,[34] including ROTC among the prerequisites for tertiary level graduation,[35] increasing the budget for NAIA to transform its global image,[36] abolishing the Road Board (a government agency that handled motor vehicle users' tax and road users' tax),[37] protecting passengers against abusive and itinerant taxi drivers,[38] for the declaration of candidates seeking to profit from election polls as nuisance candidates,[39] as well as a proposed bill requiring proofs of parking space to car purchasers as a means to lessen traffic congestion.[40]

Priority bills authored:

  • House Bill No. (HBN) 5905 Free Higher Education Act[41]
  • HBN-5348 Nutri-Skwela Act[42]
  • HBN-5098 Proof of Parking Space Act[43]
  • HBN-4714 Servando Act[44]
  • HBN-4284 CCTV Cameras for Crime Prevention Act[45]
  • HBN-4740 Internet Café Regulation Act[46]
  • HBN-2338 Mandatory ROTC Act[47]
  • HBN-2624 SIM Card Registration Act[48]
  • HBN-3681 Bill of Rights of Taxi Passengers[49]

Senator (as of 2016)Edit

Senator Gatchalian with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his courtesy visit at the Astana (2019 October)

In June 2015, in an event in Quezon province, Gatchalian announced his bid for a Senate seat in the 2016 general election. In October 2015, senator and presidential candidate Grace Poe announced her senatorial slate under the coalition Partido Galing at Puso—which included Gatchalian.[50] During the May 9, 2016 national elections, Gatchalian garnered 14,953,768[51] catapulting him to the winning circle of senatorial candidates, placing 10th in the senatorial post. He challenged then incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to make education reform a top priority of his administration.[52]

Before RA 10931[53] was approved and signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 3, 2017, the initial version of the law[54]— House Bill 5905[41] or the Free Higher Education Act[55] filed by then Congressman Gatchalian[56] was rejected during the 15th and 16th Congress despite efforts of Senator Ralph Recto to hurdle it in the Senate back in 2016.[57] It was then re-filed during the 17th Congress by Senator Ralph Recto.[58]

17th Congress Committee Chairmanships (2016-2019):

18th Congress Committee Chairmanships (as of July 2019):[62]

  • Basic Education, Arts and Culture
  • Energy

Awards and recognitionEdit

Personal awards
  • Best Mayor in CAMANAVA (2008)[63]
  • Public Service Honoree, The Outstanding Young Men, TOYM (2011)[64]
  • Manila 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders (2013)[65]
  • Chosen as the 69th Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow (2019)[66]

For Valenzuela City

  • Number 1 in NCR, National Achievement Test (NAT) for Elementary (S.Y. 2010–2011)[67]


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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

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