No to abusive debt collectors

To protect ordinary Filipino borrowers from harassment and unethical practices perpetuated by predatory lenders, Senator Win Gatchalian moved to regulate the debt collecting practices of financing and lending companies.   Gatchalian, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, has filed Senate Bill No. 1366  (SBN 1366) or “The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” […]

Support local tourism amid novel coronavirus

Senator Win Gatchalian called on Filipinos to help support our local tourism industry as he expects the temporary travel ban on mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau to hurt the tourism sector. He said avoiding out of the country travels can also contain the spread of the virus which experts say looks increasingly like a […]

Loan amortization moratorium for Taal disaster-stricken residents needed

To help them rebuild their lives amid the calamity, Senator Win Gatchalian is calling for the imposition of a one-year moratorium on loan amortizations for residents affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.   Immediately upon Congress’ resumption of session on Monday, Gatchalian has filed Senate Resolution No. 289 (SRN 289) urging the Government Service Insurance […]

Tax exemption for election honoraria of teachers, poll workers sought ahead of 2022 polls

As the registration for the May 2022 polls opens on January 20, Senator Win Gatchalian is urgently calling for the passage of a bill that aims to grant tax exemption to the honoraria, transportation allowance, and other benefits of poll workers, especially public school teachers.   Gatchalian’s proposed measure, Senate Bill 1193, introduces amendments to […]

Telcos promise to rollout 1st phase of Mobile Number Portability this year

After prodding from Senator Win Gatchalian, representatives from telecommunication companies Globe, Smart and new player Dito committed to rollout Mobile Number Portability this year and in phases.   This means subscribers will be able to switch networks or change subscriptions without losing the mobile numbers they currently use. “They should implement the Mobile Number Portability […]

Help returning OFWs become successful ‘entrepinoys’

Amid tensions in the Middle East, Senator Win Gatchalian has urged the government to help turn displaced and returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) into local “entrepinoys” by extending to them entrepreneurial programs.   Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) show there are around 1.26 million Filipinos who are in the Middle East and […]

To telcos: Don’t let mobile consumers wait until 2021 for mobile portability

Senator Win Gatchalian has called on telecommunication companies to immediately put in place a mechanism for the implementation of the Mobile Number Portability Act (MNPA) now that telecom giants Smart and Globe, and newcomer Dito Telecommunity announced that they agreed to get US-based Syniverse to provide mobile number portability services.   Gatchalian, principal author of […]

To PCC: Impose stiffer penalty to Grab for continuous violation of competition rules

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to impose stiffer penalty against ride-hailing giant Grab Philippines (Grab PH) for repeatedly violating the country’s competition rules since the departure of Uber in 2018.   Gatchalian made the call after finding out that the PCC has penalized the Transport Network Company (TNC) four times […]

Long-term solution amid temporary reduction in Grab fares needed

While ride-hailing firm Grab gives temporary relief to passengers by reducing its surge pricing cap, Senator Win Gatchalian believes this is just a band-aid solution that will not effectively address Grab’s high fares brought about by the lack of available drivers especially during peak hours, and the lack of competitors in the market.   Grab […]