Senator Win is a fresh face in the senate, but he’s no neophyte. His fifteen-year career in public service is marked by innovation, integrity, and achievement. He’s a strategist, communicator, and a pioneer with great civic responsibility, a believer in the value of education. He champions transparency and efficiency in government, doing away with the paper-shuffling bureaucracy that has always plagued our offices.
A seasoned businessman and Valenzuela City’s mayor for 13 years, Senator Win is a public servant who knows just what to do because he’s seen and done it all. Having led to success some the country’s big names in the mining, hospitality, and airline industries, Senator Win has exemplary leadership, management, and communication skills forged through years of hard work. His diverse experience makes him adaptable and privy to every citizen’s needs.
Win Gatchalian graduated in 1995 with a degree in Finance and Operations Management from Boston University in Massachusetts, USA. He was also a member of the International Red Cross, and took basic life support training in Massachusetts. From 1995 to 1996, he took a one-year Mandarin language course at the Beijing Language and Culture University in China.
Senator Win’s diverse experience in the private sector prepared him for public service, building his management, problem-solving, and leadership skills. From 1995 to 2001, he worked for Plastics City Corporation, first as an account executive--then he became the CEO. He was also the executive vice president of the Wellex Group. From 1998 to 1999, he was the vice chairman and director of the country’s second largest airline company: Air Philippines. In 1999, he became the president and CEO of Omico Mining Corporation, taking command of the entire operation until 2000. As vice chairman of Waterfront Philippines, he was responsible for turning Waterfront into one of the country’s premier hotel chains.
In 2001, he was elected the first representative of Valenzuela City’s first district.
Senator Win then moved on to serve as the mayor of Valenzuela from 2004 to 2013—three consecutive terms. Six months into his first term, he was able to end the city’s garbage woes, turning Valenzuela City into a model for urban cleanliness. In the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009, Valenzuela City was the first in Metro Manila to be totally clean from flood debris and rubbish—a feat for the mayor, considering Valenzuela’s land area of 4,459 hectares.
To rein in corruption and improve public service, Mayor Win modernized and simplified government transactions, such as tax collection. Under Mayor Win’s leadership, Valenzuela City’s revenues and income more than doubled from P900 million in 2004 to P2.1 billion in 2013.
Senator Win was elected to be the chairman of both the senate’s committees on Energy and Economic Affairs. His approach to both affairs is pro-consumer, focusing on measures that will foster greater competition within industries, boost the efficiency of government services, and lower costs for the public. In the energy department, this translates to: championing landmark proposals to reduce system loss charges to consumers from electric companies; instituting a Virtual One-stop-shop to eliminate red tape; and implementing a revolutionary competitive selection process to shake up the oligarch-controlled distribution sector.
Actions taken by Senator Win in the economic affairs department include: breaking open the telecommunications industry by lowering prices, and holding powerful telecoms accountable for their empty promises.
Education was one of Senator Win’s election platforms in 2016. He has made good on his promise to pass legislation establishing a tuition-free scheme in state universities and colleges. Months from now, a modified version of Senator Win’s Free Higher Education Act (Senate Bill No. 198), is expected to pass the Senate on the third and final reading.