Gatchalian, who spent the weekend meeting with local government officials, top military brass, and civilian evacuees in Marawi City and surrounding municipalities, explained that the initial proposal of P20 billion would not be enough to rebuild key infrastructure and provide quality basic social services to the hundreds of thousands of area residents displaced by the conflict.
Alarmed by the grave impact of the Palawan energy crisis on the provincial economy, Senator Win Gatchalian is pressing the Palawan Electric Cooperative (Paleco) to make "drastic moves" to immediately resolve the frequent brownouts that have plagued the province since the beginning of the year.
The Senate on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading the Electric Cooperative Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act of 2017 (Senate Bill No. 1461), which allocates P750 million to the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to fund the disaster rehabilitation efforts of electric cooperatives in the wake of debilitating calamities.
Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to cut its lengthy permitting system and address persistent complaints of unreasonable delays in the issuance of permits for power generation projects which are vital to fostering sustainable economic development felt by all Filipinos.
The Senate on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure which promotes greater transparency and public accountability in the formulation and implementation of the executive department's economic policies.
Senator Win Gatchalian on Monday called on the leadership of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to take the lead in seeking justice for Horacio Tomas "Atyo" Castillo III, a 22-year-old freshman law student who was allegedly killed during the initiation rites of a university-recognized fraternity.
Senator Win Gatchalian says the Philippines will save trillions of pesos over the next twelve years if government sets in place an energy efficiency and conservation policy as a long-term strategy to address high electricity demand and costs.
Senator Win Gatchalian over the weekend urged the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to fast-track the formulation of a detailed plan-of-action to jumpstart the local economy of Marawi City, expressing optimism in the city's potential to become a regional economic powerhouse.
Senator Win Gatchalian on Friday urged the Commission on Higher Education to fast-track the evaluation and accreditation of local universities and colleges to unlock their potential in producing highly-educated graduates with skill sets to match the primary needs of local economies.