By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Incumbent 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).
“After much thought, I decided to seek re-election in May 9, 2022
elections. I deem it best to continue my work in the Senate,” he said.
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 pushed for providing
free tuition and other fees in state universities and colleges in the
Gatchalian 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.
He 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.
He’s also behind 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, Gatchalian 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.
“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,” Gatchalian said.
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” 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, he 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,” said Gatchalian. (ai/mtvn)