Bill strengthening Freeport Area of Bataan gets bicam nod

The Senate and the House of Representatives have approved a measure that will further strengthen the powers and functions of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB). The bicameral conference committee, headed by Senator Win Gatchalian and Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, agreed to adopt the Senate version of the bill, which went through a […]

Bill to develop Islamic banking in PH co-sponsored

Senator Win Gatchalian has thrown his support behind the establishment of a sound legal and regulatory framework for the development of Islamic banks in the country.   Together with outgoing Senator Chiz Escudero, Gatchalian has co-sponsored Senate Bill No. 2231, or An Act Providing For The Regulation and The Organization of Islamic Banks.    Gatchalian […]

Amendment of Foreign Investments Act to spur FDI inflow sought

Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the amendment of the Foreign Investments Act (FIA) of 1991 in a bid to provide a renewed boost to the entry of foreign direct investments (FDI) into the country and stimulate job creation. Senate Bill No. 2227, sponsored by Gatchalian, seeks to amend certain provisions of the FIA to […]

Senate oks bill strengthening Freeport Area of Bataan on third reading

A bill sponsored by Senator Win Gatchalian that seeks to further strengthen the powers and functions of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) has secured the nod of the Senate on third and final reading. Senate Bill No. 2133, or “An Act Further Strengthening the Powers and Functions of the Authority of […]

Amend ODA law to protect PH workers

Senator Win Gatchalian filed a bill amending Republic Act No. 8182, or the Official Development Assistance (ODA) law, aimed at requiring foreign bidders and contract awardees to hire local workers for manual and non-technical jobs, for the “primordial protection and promotion of interests of the ordinary Filipino worker.” Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on […]

Gatchalian aims to pass three key economic bills before 17th Congress adjourns

The Senate Committee on Economic Affairs plans to finish at least three key economic-related bills that will help the country become more adaptable to current and future business demands and trends, according to Senator Win Gatchalian. Gatchalian, chairman of the said committee, identified these measures as Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2102 or “An Act Amending […]

Gov’t needs to provide more well-paying jobs to boost poverty reduction

Despite poverty incidence dropping to a three-year low, the government needs to continue providing Filipinos with more well-paying jobs to increase the pace of poverty reduction in the country, according to Senator Win Gatchalian. Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, made the statement a day after the World Bank said the Philippines is […]

DOF transparency on loan deals lauded

Senator Win Gatchalian lauded the Department of Finance (DOF) for extending greater transparency on foreign loan agreements the government entered into to bankroll the various infrastructure projects. Gatchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, made the statement after the Department of Finance (DOF) made public several loan agreements that the country entered with […]

Fast-tracking of BBB’s Metro Manila BRT projects needed

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to fast-track the transport-related projects included in the Duterte administration’s 75 flagship infrastructure projects amid an investigative report revealing numerous cancellations of the of the Philippine National Railways’ (PNR) scheduled trips. “If it is no longer feasible to rehabilitate the existing track and trains of the […]