Ensure interventions, protection for children affected by typhoons

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government units (LGUs) to ensure that relief efforts in the aftermath of typhoons address the needs of affected children, including their safety from COVID-19.   According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), an estimated […]

Non-performing GOCCs’ subsidies should augment disaster relief, COVID-19 programs

Senator Win Gatchalian broached the idea of realigning some of the P200 billion subsidies appropriated for 2021 to losing government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) to augment funds needed in pandemic and calamity response efforts.   Being a high-risk country in experiencing natural calamities, Senator Gatchalian emphasized that the Philippines should always prepare for any disasters […]

It’s high time to put up permanent evacuation centers

Senator Win Gatchalian said the government should seriously consider constructing permanent disaster-resilient and fully-equipped shelters for evacuees during natural calamities.   “Experience has taught us, like the harrowing super typhoon Yolanda, to rethink our strategies in emergency preparedness and invest in sophisticated early warning systems to mitigate the number of casualties,” the senator said. “Typhoons […]

Bill seeks ‘National Frontliners’ Month’ celebration every June

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that seeks to declare June as the ‘National Frontliners Month.’   Senate Bill No. 1775  or “The National Frontliners Month Act” seeks to recognize the significant contributions and heroism of frontline workers in providing essential needs, protecting the public welfare, and keeping the country safe in times of […]

Stronger crackdown on human trafficking needed amid increased online exposure

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that will intensify the government’s crackdown on human trafficking.   Senate Bill No. 1794 strengthens Republic Act No. 9208 as amended by Republic Act No. 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012) to provide standards and guidelines on surveillance, interception, investigation, and prosecution of different forms of human trafficking, including sexual exploitation, […]

Unified policy on use of face shields needed

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to have a clear, unified policy on the use of face shields to avoid public confusion.   Citing different policies by local government units (LGUs) on the use of face shields, Gatchalian said there needs to be a […]

On enforcing quarantine measures: Mobilize the military to support police, barangays

Senator Win Gatchalian favors the deployment of military personnel to strictly enforce quarantine measures, citing the need to support the police and barangay officials on the ground who have been falling ill due to COVID-19.   Gatchalian said that if quarantine measures, especially the on-going modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and surrounding […]

Government should give financial support to LGUs under MECQ

Senator Win Gatchalian is calling on the government to provide financial support to Local Government Units (LGUs) after Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan reverted to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).   Gatchalian said officials of Local Government Units (LGUs) — from the mayors down to the  “barangay tanods” are themselves front liners because […]