Innovation key to realizing AmBisyon 2040 vision – Gatchalian

Sen. Win Gatchalian on Wednesday called on the government to fast-track the establishment of a comprehensive policy framework on innovation – an initiative that a recent study has identified as critical to achieving the country’s long-term growth and development targets under the AmBisyon Natin 2040 socioeconomic plan. In a report published earlier this month, titled ‘Asian Development Outlook 2017: Transcending the Middle […]

Gatchalian fights for farmer debt forgiveness, free irrigation services

In a bid to alleviate the financial strain suffered by underprivileged agriculture stakeholders, Sen. Win Gatchalian is calling on the government to condone P13 billion in outstanding irrigation service fees (ISFs) owed by individual farmers and farming cooperatives to the National Irrigation Authority (NIA). “Social justice demands that we lend a helping hand to these honest, hardworking farmers […]

Gatchalian spearheads Senate hearing on Benham Rise

Senator Win Gatchalian has announced that the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs will be conducting a second public hearing on the Benham Rise to tackle defense and national security concerns in the wake of recent reports of suspicious Chinese activities in the area last year. “We have found it prudent to conduct another hearing in order […]

Gatchalian to fast-track creation of Benham Rise Development Authority

Senator Win Gatchalian on Thursday announced plans to fast-track the passage of legislation pending before the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs which seeks to create a government body tasked to oversee the defense and development of the Benham Rise. “Suspicious activities on the part of Chinese authorities concerning the Benham Rise have underscored the urgent need for […]

Sen. Gatchalian champions PHP 1 billion investment in PH innovation

Senator Win Gatchalian is championing a landmark measure before the Senate that seeks to invest PHP 1 billion in the establishment of a long term national strategy to usher in a golden age of Philippine economic development and progress, with innovation as its driving force. “On the whole, what this legislation intends to achieve is […]

Gatchalian champions mobile number portability bill to boost competition among telcos

Frustrated by the continuing negative impact of poor competition on telecommunications consumer welfare, Senator Win Gatchalian is championing the passage of a measure seeking to implement a mobile number portability (MNP) policy. Senate Bill No. 1237, otherwise known as the Mobile Number Portability Act, would allow consumers to retain their existing cellular phone numbers when […]

Gatchalian: Tap foot traffic value in LRT, MRT common station project

With the LRT-MRT common station project finally set to push through, Senator Win Gatchalian is calling on the government to explore options to generate additional income from the project by maximizing the value of the projected foot traffic through the station. Based on the DOTr estimate of around 500,000 commuters using the station daily, Gatchalian […]

Gatchalian seeks COA performance audit on 20 ODA-funded projects

Sen. Win Gatchalian wants a comprehensive performance audit of at least 20 foreign-funded government projects to examine the financial and legal risks the government is exposed to in relation to these undertakings. Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, asked the Commission on Audit (CoA) to conduct a special review of the contracts, […]

Gatchalian: NTC needs ‘super’ powers to control telcos

Senator Win Gatchalian is asserting the need to confer the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) with “super” powers to more effectively carry outs its regulatory mandate over powerful players in the telecommunications industry. Gatchalian, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, is recommending that the NTC be granted additional authority to allow it to more effectively discipline […]