Proposed 2023 budget highlights social safety nets amid economic recovery

The Senate’s proposed 2023 budget highlights social safety nets in a bid to support economic recovery amid continuing uncertainties brought mainly by the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Win Gatchalian said.   “We recognize the need to support marginalized sectors of our society, but this should be targeted, which means only those in […]

Magna Carta for seafarers amid global training standard concerns

Senator Win Gatchalian pressed for the creation of a Magna Carta for Filipino seafarers, through Senate Bill No. 822, in a bid to provide them with better protection, build their competencies through education and skills training, and improve their overall competitiveness and personal advantage.   Gatchalian’s call came in the wake of a deadline this […]

Strengthen NEDA towards sustainable and inclusive economic growth

Senator Win Gatchalian wants to institutionalize the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to be an independent economic and planning agency for the country’s long-term sustainable economic future.   NEDA was originally created by Presidential Decree No. 107 dated January 24, 1973, and subsequently reorganized by virtue of Executive Order No. 230 series of 1987. […]

Agriculture information system for adequate supply of farm products

Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking the establishment of an agriculture information system (AIS) to help ensure an adequate supply of farm products, boost agricultural output, and reduce poverty down the line.   “The government needs to provide the infrastructure and the mechanism that would enable our farmers to sell their output where there is demand. […]

Fast track program on POGO job displacements

Senator Win Gatchalian has called on the labor department to fast track a detailed program that would assist Filipino workers who could potentially be displaced by the closure of Philippine Overseas Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the event that they are banned in the country.   While the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has already […]

Licensed POGOs remiss in paying correct taxes

Philippine Overseas Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the country have under declared tax payments to the government as shown by discrepancies between gross gaming revenues they submitted to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Senator Win Gatchalian said.   According to him, the government could have collected more taxes […]

Easier payment of taxes

Senator Win Gatchalian wants taxpayers to have ease in paying their taxes by putting in place a tax administration system that is effective and expedient which will encourage taxpayers to pay their taxes truthfully and timely.   Aside from providing taxpayers the option of filing their returns and paying the taxes due through electronic means, […]

Weigh POGO operations thru Senate probe

Dismayed by lower-than-expected revenue collection from Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations, Senator Win Gatchalian wants a Senate inquiry to measure the economic costs and benefits of POGO operations in the country.   “The government allowed POGOs in the country precisely for the purpose of generating additional revenue. If we are not able to realize this, then […]

Remote working arrangements to ease traffic congestion

In a bid to ease worsening traffic congestion in Metro Manila, Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for increased adoption of remote working arrangements anew.   The program, if adopted by a significant number of employers, could form part of solutions to address the perennial problem of traffic bottlenecks in metropolitan areas. Recent research by insurance […]