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BOOST INVESTMENT IN RENEWABLE ENERGY – GATCHALIAN

To encourage large power consumers to invest in the electricity sector and develop the use of indigenous and renewable energy (RE) resources, Senator Win Gatchalian proposed the removal of the 100-kilowatt size limit in the installation of power generation facilities under the net metering program through Senate Bill No. 2219. Removing the 100-kilowatt cap will […]

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USE SATELLITE TECH TO ACCESS INTERNET – GATCHALIAN

Given that the Philippines is an archipelagic country and is not well supported by robust telecommunications infrastructure, maximizing the use of satellite technology as an alternative connectivity solution can address problems on the reliability of internet connection especially in many remote areas, Senator Win Gatchalian said. In necessitating the filing of Senate Bill No. 2250 […]

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GATCHALIAN TO BIR: SUSPEND PRIVATE SCHOOL TAX HIKE

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to suspend the imposition of a 25 percent corporate income tax on private schools, warning that the added burden on struggling institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more school closures, job losses, and a more restricted access to education. For the chair […]

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RELAX IPO RULE IN EPIRA LAW – GATCHALIAN

To lure more companies to engage in the generation of electricity in the country, Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking the lifting of the public offering requirement provision in the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 or the EPIRA law. “In order to promote competition and encourage market development, we have to relax some policies such […]

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EASE TRAVEL LIMITS ON VAXED TOURISTS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian urged authorities to consider the relaxation of requirements for COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols on all fully vaccinated tourists – both foreign and local – to help spur the slow reopening of the country’s economy. “If we’re easing travel restrictions on fully vaccinated Filipinos returning from trips abroad, I don’t see any […]

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BOOSTING CONFIDENCE OF PARENTS ON VAXXING URGED

With the government eyeing to start the vaccination of 29 million Filipinos in the pediatric sector by September or October this year, Senator Win Gatchalian said boosting parents’ confidence in COVID-19 vaccines becomes critical amid persisting hesitancy among Filipino adults. Gatchalian took note of a non-commissioned survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) which revealed […]

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PROBE ROTATIONAL BROWNOUTS IN LUZON – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian moved for the conduct of inquiry in the Senate on the recent spate of rotational brownouts in Luzon in the hope of providing a long-term solution to electricity supply shortages especially during the summer season. “This is a critical situation and I would like to request the Department of Energy to get […]

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SENATE OKS PERMANENT JOINT ENERGY COMMISSION BILL

The Senate approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to further strengthen the Joint Congressional Energy Commission (JCEC) and remove its expiration period. Voting 22-0-0, the Senate passed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2220, also known as the JCEC Enhancement Act, which is aimed at enhancing the powers and functions of the commission, […]

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GATCHALIAN SEES MORE DEMAND FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Consumer demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in the country is likely to perk up especially as it will be proven to be more affordable in the long run than the traditional gas-powered ones and transform the entire automotive industry once the proposed Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act is enacted into law, Senator Win Gatchalian […]

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BILL VS CHILD ONLINE SEXUAL ABUSE GETS SENATE OK

Senator Win Gatchalian hailed the Senate’s third reading approval of a bill that would strengthen the government’s crackdown on the online sexual abuse and the exploitation of children (OSAEC). Gatchalian is the co-author of Senate Bill No. 2209 or the “Special Protections against Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) Law” which defines and […]