Government should push for a job-intensive recovery

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the government to devise ways of providing employment opportunities to millions of Filipinos unemployed, many of whom have been displaced by the imposition of strict quarantine regulations, and pursue retooling programs to prepare them for the job market of the new normal.   “Trabaho, hindi lang basta ayuda, ang dapat ipursige […]

Tax deductions proposed to help offset cost of work-from-home setup

As employees in a work-from-home (WFH) and hybrid work arrangement are likely to be in it for the long haul, Senator Win Gatchalian said it comes with a lot of costs that workers are now facing such as lack of logistical assistance, internet and utility expenses and their mental wellbeing.   A recent survey by […]

Widespread debt collection harassment of online borrowers alarming

Senator Win Gatchalian expressed alarm over the widespread debt collection harassment and deceptive collection practices of some lending companies. This was after the senator’s office was recently sought out by a group of some 20,000 complainants of various online lending companies and lending apps and who claimed to have been subjected to grave threats, intimidation, […]

Prevent further job losses; recovery of pandemic-stricken MSMEs needed

Senator Win Gatchalian said the government should exhaust all means to provide relief to pandemic-hit small businesses and put them back on track to prevent further job losses. He is bent on pushing for the legislation of allowing micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by further lowering the costs of borrowing to encourage them to […]

Apply Mobile Number Portability Act ahead of franchise renewal of new telco

Senator Win Gatchalian renewed his call for the immediate implementation of the Mobile Number Portability Act (MNPA) ahead of Congress’ grant of franchises to new players in the telecommunications industry.   The senator made the appeal in the middle of the upper chamber’s deliberations last Wednesday on House Bill No. 7332 which will renew for […]

New fiscal stimulus bill will help MSMEs recover from the pandemic

Senator Win Gatchalian underscored the need to simplify the procedures and reduce the transaction costs to encourage Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to seek government loans to restart their businesses which in turn will help shore up the economy.   Gatchalian, who sits as Chairperson of the Senate Subcommittee on Banks, Financial Institutions and […]

To NTC on telcos’ poor internet service: Crack the whip if you must!

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to compel the telecommunications companies to speed up the construction of new cell towers to finally address the country’s connectivity needs.   “All the needed mechanisms are already in place to expedite the construction of telecommunication towers to improve internet services following the enactment last year […]