Sino si WIN?
Serving for more than two decades in public service, Senator Sherwin “Win” T. Gatchalian is known for his integrity and hard work. The people of Valenzuela City have witnessed this firsthand through world class infrastructures, innovative programs, and exemplary projects and advocacies he developed during his stint as mayor and district representative of the robust city.
His relentless pursuit to serve the whole country took place after landing a seat in the Senate in 2016. A year after his win, the Free Higher Education Act that he initially authored at the House of Representatives has been signed into law.
His extensive track record in public service and extraordinary contribution to the development of the country earned him to become the 69th Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow in Singapore.
In 2023, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Education (honoris causa) was conferred by the Philippine Normal University. This is in recognition of his leadership in the enactment of several landmark education laws.
WIN sa edukasyon
Win Gatchalian is a proud alumnus of Boston University, where he obtained his degree in Finance and Operations Management in 1995. Boston University is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Prior to attending Boston University, Win completed his elementary and secondary education at Grace Christian High School in Quezon City, Philippines.
For his influential role in the passage of significant laws, he was awarded two honorary degrees in 2023: a Doctor of Education, honoris causa, by the Philippine Normal University, and a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the Bulacan State University.
WIN sa private sector
Having gained diverse experience in the private sector between 1997 and 2001, he developed a notable and innovative approach to leadership and management, which equipped him for his subsequent career in government service. During this period, he held key positions, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Wellex Group, as well as Vice Chairman of Air Philippines and Waterfront Philippines. Recognized for his integrity and excellence, he quickly achieved success in the corporate world, earning high esteem from various industries, particularly in hospitality and aviation.
WIN as public servant
There is no doubt that Win Gatchalian’s strong work ethic and dedication to his work in the private sector have translated well into his public service career. After witnessing the inefficiencies in governance in his hometown of Valenzuela City, he felt compelled to serve his fellow Valenzuelanos. He ran for and won the position of Representative of the First District of Valenzuela City at the young age of 27, and later served as the city’s mayor for nine years. He then went on to become First District Representative of the thriving city once again.
WIN as Congressman
Upon his return to the Lower Chamber of the Congress, Win Gatchalian championed Valenzuela City’s education reform initiatives by filing and pushing for the Free Higher Education Act. His investments in infrastructure and feeding programs led to significant improvements in academic achievement and student welfare. In addition to his education-focused bills such as increasing salaries for teachers and non-teaching school personnel and the Nanay-Teacher Parenting Program Act, Win also championed other legislative measures such as the SIM Card Registration Act, Nutri-Skwela Act, and Proof of Parking Space Act. Win’s commitment to education reform, through his legislative and strategic initiatives, has undoubtedly made a significant impact in Valenzuela City and beyond
WIN as Mayor
Win Gatchalian spearheaded a series of reforms that eradicated corruption, stimulated growth in the local business sector, and enhanced social services in the thriving city.
Under Win’s leadership, Valenzuela City transformed into a first-class city, earning accolades such as the Galing Pook Award and recognition for being the most business-friendly LGU. His passion for public service earned him several awards, including Best Mayor in CAMANAVA and Public Service Honoree at The Outstanding Young Men.
Given the persisting issues of malnutrition and perennial shortages in classrooms and textbooks in Valenzuela, Win also placed a significant focus on education as a means to improve living conditions and provide better access to learning resources for the youth.
Win also introduced the “Disiplina Village,” a housing project for Typhoon Ondoy victims. Valenzuela’s call to action brought businesses and industries together, who generously contributed resources to build safer and more secure housing for thousands of Valenzuelano victim families who were displaced by the typhoon.