“Lifetime ownership” of cellphone numbers pushed

“Sa Lifetime Cellphone Number Act, madadala mo na ang iyong cellphone number for life.” (With the Lifetime Cellphone Number Act, you can now keep your cellphone number for life.) This was the assurance given by Senator Win Gatchalian, who delivered his sponsorship speech this week for his bill, the Lifetime Cellphone Number Act (Senate Bill No. 1636). This […]

Malacanang should certify Lifetime Cellphone Number Act as urgent

In light of the possible entry of a new telco player next year, Senator Win Gatchalian is calling on Malacanang to certify as urgent the bill that would allow users to “easily transfer network providers without changing their preferred mobile numbers”. Gatchalian is the principal author of the Lifetime Cellphone Number Act (Senate Bill 1636), […]

Gatchalian votes for TRAIN passage; vows to mitigate effects of coal tax

Senator Win Gatchalian on Wednesday voted for the ratification of the Bicameral Conference Committee version of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill while reiterating his strong reservations against the coal tax provision of the measure. He cited that the excise tax would become a “pure pass on charge” resulting to an additional P13.2-billion in […]

Lifetime Cellphone Number Act to promote competition among telcos

Senator Win Gatchalian is optimistic that the Lifetime Cellphone Number Act will encourage entry of new players and stimulate healthy competition within the telecommunications industry. “Ang pinakamahalaga dito ay ang pagpasok ng bagong players. Kung may papasok na third, or fourth, or fifth player, hindi na sila (telco companies) mahihirapang kumuha ng customer dahil dala-dala […]

Foundation for meaningful change built at ASEAN 2017

Senator Win Gatchalian on Wednesday commended President Rodrigo Duterte and the Philippine diplomatic corps for leading the Philippines to a successful run as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017. “Through the able leadership of President Duterte, the ASEAN member-states and their dialogue partners were able to build the foundation for […]

Gatchalian champions Mobile Number Portability for telco consumers

Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the passage of Senate Bill No. 1237, the Mobile Number Portability Act, which aims to provide consumers the freedom to easily switch network providers while retaining one’s mobile number. “Our phone numbers are becoming an extension of our lives. We use them to communicate and synergize. This is a […]

Gatchalian hails expansion of free irrigation program for small farmers

Senator Win Gatchalian hails the expansion of the proposed debt condonation and exemption program for irrigation service fees (ISFs) to cover more small farmers who are struggling to make ends meet in the face of mounting debts. “Small farmers are now two steps closer to being completely exempted from paying hefty dues imposed by the […]

Content-based SSB tax will maximize revenue, health benefits – Gatchalian

A content-based approach to the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax would generate more revenue for the government instead of a volume-based scheme, Senator Win Gatchalian has said as he called on the government to develop technological and knowledge capacities to implement the scheme. Gatchalian revealed that the content-based system could generate P47 billion in government revenue by […]

Gatchalian pushes income tax exemption for near poor households

Senator Win Gatchalian is advocating the expansion of the personal income tax exemption provided in the Senate version of the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act as a means of decreasing the burden to be imposed on near poor households by the new tax regime. Gatchalian, who serves as Chairman of the […]