Transport regulator needs to re-assess Grab fare matrix

With the sudden surge in Grab fares, Senator Win Gatchalian wants to see a logical basis why the ride-hailing firm imposes such fare matrix.   Gatchalian not only asks the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to make sure rules on surge pricing is being followed, the lawmaker also wants the transport regulator to […]

Gatchalian to LGUs: Let’s learn from Valenzuela on easing business permit transactions

Senator Win Gatchalian says Local Government Units (LGUs) should embrace digital innovation in order to streamline the processing of business permit applications in their respective jurisdictions.   Valenzuela City recently launched “Paspas Permit” system, an online service which aims to process business permit applications in the city in just 10 seconds from the usual 15 […]

Senate trade committee forms TWG for bill regulating parking fees

The Senate has started ironing out the details of a bill which seeks to protect consumers against the imposition of unreasonable and exorbitant parking fees by malls, hospitals, schools, and other establishments. The Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship has directed a technical working group to further study Senate Bill No. 745, or the […]

Senator Win Gatchalian to DOTr: Time to revisit Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Transportation to go back to the drawing board and revisit its public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP) amid lukewarm reception from majority of transport groups. Gatchalian, chairman of the Committee on Finance (Subcommittee E), made the call when he presided over the hearing of the department’s ₱147-billion […]

Senator Win Gatchalian to DOF: Protect the jobs of Filipino workers

Senator Win Gatchalian has urged the Department of Finance (DOF) to carefully study how it plans to protect the jobs of thousands of Filipinos if Congress approves the proposed Corporate Income Tax Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA). Gatchalian, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, expressed his apprehension over the passage of CITIRA, especially […]

Senate Committee on Trade acts on Parking Fees Regulation Act

A bill which seeks to protect consumers against the imposition of unreasonable and exorbitant parking fees by owners of malls, hospitals schools, and other establishments has started moving in the Senate. Senator Win Gatchalian said that Senate Bill No. 745, or the Parking Fees Regulation Act, which he authored, is a “timely and straightforward measure” […]

Amendments to the Contractors’ License Law pushed

To put foreign contractors on equal footing with their local counterparts, drive down costs in the construction industry, and bring in new technology, Senator Win Gatchalian wants to amend the 54-year-old Contractors’ License Law. Gatchalian has recently filed Senate Bill No. 1008, which the lawmaker said seeks to amend Republic Act (RA) No. 4566 to […]

Earlier retirement age for gov’t workers pushed

Senator Win Gatchalian has a filed a bill to reduce the optional and compulsory retirement ages of government workers by five years. Senate Bill No. 738 seeks to reduce the optional retirement age of all government employees from 60 to 55 years, and the compulsory retirement age from 65 to 60 years. “Lowering the compulsory […]

Stop corruption in PhilHealth first before raising excise taxes on alcohol

Senator Win Gatchalian wants corruption in the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to be completely eradicated first before the Senate pass a measure seeking to raise excise taxes on alcohol products. During the initial deliberations on Senate Bill No. 383, which seeks to increase the excise tax rates on alcohol products, and forms part […]