Amendment to substitution rule for political candidates

Senator Win Gatchalian today filed a bill banning the option to substitute an electoral aspirant who voluntarily withdraws candidacy in any forthcoming elections. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri, Senators Nancy BInay, Grace Poe, and Joel Villanueva are co-authors of the bill. In seeking to amend the Omnibus Election Code, Gatchalian proposed the replacement of a […]

P6 billion TESDA funds left unspent for 2021 flagged

With less than three months left before the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, Senator Win Gatchalian quizzed the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on how it plans to spend the remaining P6.2 billion of its total appropriation. Gatchalian emphasized that inefficient fiscal management leads to scenarios where funds are transferred to the […]

Enactment of anti-nuisance candidates bill needed

Senator Win Gatchalian enjoins colleagues to consider the enactment of his bill seeking to institutionalize the grounds for declaration of nuisance political candidates and imposition of a fine for putting the election process in mockery or disrepute. Among those who trooped to the Pasay City venue setup by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for the […]

Gatchalian seeks another six-year term in the Senate

Senator Win Gatchalian files his certificate of candidacy (COC) for another six-year term as a member of the upper chamber under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Gatchalian, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, has been responsible for the enactment of landmark laws such as the Free Higher Education Act as he […]

Full digitization of government services targeted by 2022

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that aims to provide full, integrated E-Government (eGov) services to the public by the end of 2022.   Under Senate Bill No. 1793 or the ‘Full Digital Transformation Act of 2020,’ all government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), instrumentalities, and local government units (LGUs) are mandated to […]

Improve welfare of barangay officials to boost their productivity

Improving the welfare of barangay officials may lead to enhanced productivity of the government’s so-called immediate providers of frontline services, Senator Win Gatchalian said. During the recent hearing of Gatchalian’s Senate Bill No. 366, or the Magna Carta for Barangay Officials, the lawmaker emphasized the need to give plantilla positions to barangay officials, as he […]

Duterte’s 4th SONA comprehensive, sets legislative agenda for new Congress

President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) was “quite comprehensive and sets the direction for the 18th Congress’ legislative agenda,” Senator Win Gatchalian said. “The message is very clear to the legislators that the President wants to pass the remaining legislation that has not been passed in the past three years,” Gatchalian said. […]

Congressional oversight inquiry into 2019 poll glitches called

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System to look into the series of glitches that occurred during the 2019 midterm elections. “We want to preserve the integrity and credibility of our automated elections,” Gatchalian said. “Hence, there is a need to look into the issues encountered by the […]

Nuisance candidates should be penalized under Election Code

Citing the numerous nuisance candidates who filed certificates of candidacy for senator in the 2019 midterm elections, Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Senate to hasten the passage of a bill which seeks to institutionalize the definition of nuisance candidates and hold them liable for election offenses. Gatchalian, who filed Senate Bill 911, which seeks […]