Gov’t should use CBMS Law for seamless delivery of SAP

In a renewed call to expedite the delivery of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) nationwide, Senator Win Gatchalian has prodded the government to use the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Law to ensure a faster and easier identification of beneficiaries for SAP.   The CBMS Law, which Gatchalian co-authored, is a monitoring system that collects information […]

Government should expedite stimulus plan towards economic recovery

Senator Win Gatchalian commended the government for extending the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 30 to utilize the time to test and treat COVID-19 patients and slow the rate of infection.   He reiterated that the April 14 mass testing will provide a clearer picture of the COVID-19 spread in the country by tracking […]

DA falls short of ideal rice inventory; year-long contingency plans needed

Senator Win Gatchalian said the government needs to ensure that there will be enough rice supply in the market, not only within the enhanced community quarantine period but for the rest of the year, to ensure price stability of the commodity.   The lawmaker warned that our current rice inventory might stoke inflation because it […]

To BIR: Relax certain fringe benefit tax rules for MSME employees

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to be more liberal in applying certain rules on fringe benefit tax for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine. This will encourage Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in giving additional benefits to their employees so they can stock up on necessities while […]

Payment reprieve needed for loans, credit card purchase, home rental amid lockdown

Senator Win Gatchalian has proposed that all banks, including quasi-banks, financing companies, lending companies, and other financial institutions, both public and private, including the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS) and Pag-IBIG Fund, to implement a minimum of 30-day grace period for loan payments within the period of the enhanced community quarantine. […]

Gov’t should extend help to PUV drivers affected by Luzon lockdown

Senator Win Gatchalian said the government has failed to mention how it intends to help drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) who are reeling too from the imposed month-long enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. PUV drivers are left with no choice but to stop operating while all modes of public transportation have been suspended. […]

Immediate release of financial aid to affected workers needed amid COVID-19 crisis

Displaced workers brought about by an enhanced community quarantine triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic deserve to be compensated now, according to Senator Win Gatchalian. He says these workers, both from the formal and informal sector, need not so much time to wait as many of them have to feed their families and provide for their immediate basic […]

Stimulus package to cushion COVID-19 economic impact

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a resolution urging economic managers to make an immediate assessment of COVID-19’s impact on the country’s economy.   Gatchalian, vice chairman of the Senate Commiittee on Economic Affairs, raises alarm over the potential serious implications of the global outbreak, taking its toll on more possible job losses. Flag carrier Philippine Airlines recently […]

We need to keep current special tax rate for micro entrepreneurs under PIFITA

Senator Win Gatchalian expresses opposition to the proposed repeal of the 2% special tax rate for microfinance non-government organizations under the Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act (PIFITA), the fourth tranche of the Department of Finance’s (DoF) comprehensive tax reform program.   Gatchalian says microfinance NGOs have been instrumental in providing low-interest, no collateral loans to […]