Gatchalian seeks an increase in gov’t subsidy in PUV modernization program

Senator Win Gatchalian called for an increase in the level of subsidy provided by the government for the modernization program for public utility vehicles (PUVs).   Gatchalian made the call at a recent Senate hearing on the 2024 proposed budget of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Under the PUV modernization program, all jeepney engines should […]

Easier payment of taxes measure ratified, expected to support economic growth

A reconciled version of the proposed Ease of Paying Taxes Act has been ratified by the Senate, putting the measure an inch away from getting enacted into law, Senator Win Gatchalian said.   “This is an important measure that would support our goal of sustaining economic growth as the taxes are the government’s main source […]

Taxpayers a step closer towards easier payment of taxes

Taxpayers are now a step closer to an easier process of paying taxes as the Senate approved on third and final reading a proposed measure that would simplify the process of paying taxes and strengthen taxpayers’ rights, Senator Win Gatchalian said.   Authored by Gatchalian, Senate Bill 2224, or the Ease of Paying Taxes Act, […]

Customers, merchants will soon have better protection when shopping online

Senator Win Gatchalian said both customers and merchants alike are expected to enjoy better protection when shopping online as the Senate approved on third and final reading a proposed measure that intends to address several uncertainties encountered by both online consumers and businesses when buying and selling online. The measure will provide an effective regulation […]

Gatchalian urges expansion of existing airports to enhance air travel, support tourism

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to prioritize the expansion and rehabilitation of existing airports to enhance air travel and support the tourism industry.   “We need to expand our existing airports, build new terminals, and fly tourists straight to their destinations,” Gatchalian told DOTr officials during a Senate hearing on the […]

Creation of extensive halal legislation needed to boost local industry

Senator Win Gatchalian is keen on creating a piece of legislation covering various aspects of the halal industry in the country, as he noted gaps in existing laws pertaining to this sector. Such measure would enable local producers to tap into the global halal market and potentially boost small to medium enterprises in the country, […]

Government needs to spend more to pump prime the economy

Senator Win Gatchalian said the government should come up with a strategic catch-up plan that would enable government agencies to spend their budget allocations faster in order to pump prime the economy.   Gatchalian made the call noting that the country’s slower 4.3% economic growth in the second quarter of the year was brought in […]

Gatchalian: Privatization of casinos to cushion revenue loss from POGO shutdown

Senator Win Gatchalian said proceeds from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.’s (PAGCOR) plan to privatize a significant number of its casinos could compensate for any revenue loss that the government will incur from terminating the operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) in the country.   PAGCOR recently disclosed a plan to commence by […]

Empower taxpayers with a Senate-approved Bill of Rights and Obligations

The Senate has given its final approval to the proposed Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and Obligations (TBORO), a significant step towards empowering and protecting taxpayers’ interests. Senator Win Gatchalian, who championed this legislation, believes it will not only benefit taxpayers but also bolster the government’s revenue collection efforts.   According to Gatchalian, the measure encompasses […]