Gatchalian aims to double Marawi rehab funds in 2018 budget

Senator Win Gatchalian has vowed to fight for a significant increase in funds earmarked for the rehabilitation of Marawi City in the 2018 national budget. Gatchalian, who spent the weekend meeting with local government officials, top military brass, and civilian evacuees in Marawi City and surrounding municipalities, explained that the initial proposal of P20 billion […]

Senate approves Fiscal-Monetary Report Act of 2017

The Senate on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure which promotes greater transparency and public accountability in the formulation and implementation of the executive department’s economic policies. Senate Bill No. 1483, otherwise known as the Fiscal and Monetary Report Act of 2017, requires the Secretaries of the Department of Finance (DOF), […]

Gatchalian: Let’s develop Marawi into economic powerhouse

Senator Win Gatchalian over the weekend urged the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to fast-track the formulation of a detailed plan-of-action to jumpstart the local economy of Marawi City, expressing optimism in the city’s potential to become a regional economic powerhouse. “We don’t want a shotgun approach. We need a strategic approach in jumpstarting the local economy […]

Fix cash transfer program before tax reform approval – Gatchalian

Senator Win Gatchalian on Wednesday urged the national government to put into place a concrete plan to implement the cash transfer program meant to shield poor Filipinos from the inflationary effects of the proposed tax reform package, which is still pending legislative approval. “The expanded cash transfer program needs to be implemented immediately upon passage […]

Senate approves Gatchalian report on dysfunctional PH telco sector

The Senate has approved a scathing report detailing the dysfunctional state of the Philippine telecommunications industry, laying the groundwork for the passage of a series of landmark bills aimed at drastically improving the quality of telco services while also driving down the oppressive costs shouldered by consumers. Committee Report No. 78, prepared by the Senate […]

Senate ready to pass economic reforms – Gatchalian

Senator Win Gatchalian has expressed confidence that the Senate would be ready to act on priority legislation which will complement the economic agenda outlined by President Rodrigo Duterte during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA). “It is encouraging that the President devoted more attention to economic issues during this year’s SONA. I am […]

Gatchalian on SONA: Peace and security deserve top billing

Senator Win Gatchalian on Monday said he appreciated the prioritization of peace and security concerns during the second State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte. “Considering the volatile peace and order situation in Mindanao, it was timely for the President to devote a lot of airtime to the issues of violent extremism in Mindanao […]

Gatchalian: National ID system to boost anti-poverty gov’t programs

Sen. Win Gatchalian believes the proposed national identification (ID) system will help expand the coverage of the government’s conditional cash transfer program for impoverished households. Gatchalian, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) can use the ID scheme to identify and locate […]

Gatchalian to DICT: Take the lead on SIM card registration

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) should drum up executive support for proposed legislation seeking the mandatory registration of prepaid subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, Senator Win Gatchalian has said. Gatchalian is the author of Senate Bill No. 203, otherwise known as the “SIM Card Registration Act”, which will require all prospective buyers […]