Senator Win Gatchalian filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for another six-year term as a member of the upper chamber under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
“After much thought, I decided to seek re-election in the May 9, 2022 elections. I deem it best to continue my work in the Senate,” Gatchalian said.
“I deem it best to continue my work in the Senate.”
The 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 pushed for providing free tuition and other fees in state universities and colleges in the country.
The veteran legislator oversaw the passage of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Act for out-of-school youth, adults, and children in special extreme cases and the National Academy of Sports (NAS) for the next generation of Filipino athletes.
The seasoned lawmaker also steered the passage into law of the Mobile Number Portability Act (MNPA) which allows mobile phone subscribers to switch network providers and keep their numbers for free and the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop Act, a landmark anti-red tape measure streamlining the permitting process of power projects in the country.
The senator is also behind the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act which advances energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country and provides tax incentives for energy-efficient projects.
As Chairperson of the Energy Committee in the Senate, he also pushed for the enactment of the Murang Kuryente Act which provides for a lower electricity rate, as well as the Lifeline Electricity Rate which subsidizes the electricity consumption of low-income households.
Another notable legislation of Gatchalian is the establishment of the Philippine Energy Research and Policy Institute Act (PERPI), an all-in-one institution that enables the country to keep up with technological innovations and energy and policy research.
“Naniniwala akong mas kailangan ako sa lehislatura.”
“Marami pang mga nakabinbing trabaho na kailangang pagtuunan ng pansin. Naniniwala akong mas kailangan ako sa lehislatura upang magbalangkas at magtulak ng mas marami pang mga batas patungo sa pagbangon ng bansa mula sa COVID-19 pandemic,” he stressed.
Gatchalian wants to oversee the passage into law of Senate Bill No. 1907, a measure that would institute services for learners with disabilities in support of inclusive education and the proposed “Teacher Education Excellence Act” which seeks to improve the quality of teacher education and training in the country.
He also proposed a learning recovery program called the Academic Recovery and Accessible Learning (ARAL) which is meant to address learning losses because of prolonged school closures.
These, Gatchalian said, are seen as some of the crucial steps to be able to restore normalcy in the basic education sector.
“I’m happy with the decision I’ve made. I ask and will work for your support,” he concluded.