Win Gatchalian

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Sherwin Gatchalian (born 6 April 1974) is a Filipino politician and businessman. He has been serving as a Senator since 2016. As a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), he previously served as Representative of Valenzuela’s 1st district and as Mayor of Valenzuela.

He filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on 8 October 2021 to seek reelection in the Senate. In past months, he has expressed his plans of running for Vice President but only if Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will run as President.

Early Life and Education

He was born on 6 April 1974 to industrialist William Gatchalian and pastor and businesswoman Dee Hua Ting. He is the eldest of four siblings. His other brothers are Kenneth, Rexlon “Rex,” and Weslie “Wes” Gatchalian. Their mother is a pastor and chairman at their own church Jesus Our Life Ministries in Barangay Maysan, Valenzuela.

He finished his primary and secondary education at Grace Christian School. He graduated with a degree in Finance and Operations Management from Boston University in 1995.


He served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Wellex Group from 1996 to 2001. The said company is one of the leading diversified investment firms in the country, with industries on hotels and casinos, real estate development, oil exploration, petrochemicals, mining, aviation, trading, and banking.

He was also the Vice Chairman and Director of Air Philippines Corporation, the third largest domestic carrier in the Philippines, from 1998 to 1999. He was the Vice Chairman of Waterfront Philippines, Inc., one of the top hotel chains in the country, from 1999 to 2001. At the same time, he was also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Plastic City Corporation, a manufacturer of plastic products.

Gatchalian has been a member of the political party Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) since 2001. His brother Rex is the current Mayor of Valenzuela and another brother Wes is the Representative of Valenzuela’s 1st district.

He served as Mayor of Valenzuela from 2004 to 2013. During his term, he revolutionized good governance by eradicating corruption; fostering growth in the local business sector; and improving the provision of social services in education, health, in-city housing, and other key areas. He developed city infrastructure operations for citizens and enterprises. In 2008, he opened Php 90 million Lingunan-Lawang Bato.

He initiated the “WIN ang Edukasyon Program” and other various education programs such as the school-based K to 6 In-School Feeding Program, Nanay-Teacher Program, and the continuous mastery of skills to strengthen competencies of teachers.en

Under his leadership, Valenzuela City became a first class city and recognized by the Galing Pook Award as a Center for Innovation and Excellence in 2012; by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. as the Most Business Friendly Local Government Unit in 2012; by the World Bank as a Business Friendly City in 2011; and by the National University of Singapore for the innovations that made business transactions and tax collections faster and more efficient. The City was also awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping in 2012.

He returned to the Lower House in 2013 where he filed education reforms to increase the number of math and science high schools across the country and to establish a nationwide school-based feeding program for students.

Gatchalian also served as Chairman of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), member of the Board of Governors of the Philippine Red Cross, and one of the Board of Trustees of the Synergeia Foundation.

Among the bills he proposed and authored were:

  • Regulation of parking fees in malls and commercial areas
  • Increase of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)’s budget to transform its global image
  • Abolishment of the Road Board
  • Declaration of candidates who seek to profit from election polls as nuisance candidates
  • HB No. 5905 or Free Higher Education Act
  • HBN-5348 or Nutri-Skwela Act
  • HBN-5098 or Proof of Parking Space Act
  • HBN-4714 or Servando Act
  • HBN-4740 or Internet Cafe Regulation Act
  • HBN-2338 or Mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Act
  • HBN-2624 or SIM Card Registration Act
  • HBN-3681 or Bill of Rights of Taxi Passengers

In the 2016 National Elections, Gatchalian placed 10th in the Senatorial post. He was Chairman of the Energy and Economic Affairs Committees at the 17th Congress and of the Basic Education, Arts, and Culture and of Energy Committees at the 18th Congress.

He supported and pushed for the passage of the following laws:

  • RA 10931 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act
  • RA 10963 Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)
  • Free Irrigation Service Act
  • RA 11037 Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act
  • RA 11039 Electric Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act
  • RA 11053 Anti-Hazing Act of 2018
  • RA 11055 Philippine Identification System Act
  • RA 11202 Mobile Number Portability Act
  • RA 11234 Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop Act
  • RA 11285 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act
  • RA 11203 Rice Trade Liberalization Act
  • RA 11293 Philippine Innovation Act
  • RA 11314 Student Fare Discount Act
  • RA 11371 Murang Kuryente Act
  • RA 10968 Philippine Qualifications Framework Act
  • RA 11346 Tobacco Excise Tax Increase
  • RA 10968 Philippine Qualifications Framework Act
  • RA 10969 Free Irrigation Service Act
  • RA 11035 Balik Scientist Act
  • RA 11037 Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act
  • RA 11039 Electric Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund Act
  • RA 11057 Personal Property Security Act
  • RA 11058 Occupational Safety and Health Standards Act
  • RA 11106 The Filipino Sign Language Act
  • RA 11148 Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act
  • RA 11199 Social Security Act of 2018
  • RA 11201 Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Act
  • RA 11203 Rice Trade Liberalization Act
  • RA 11215 National Integrated Cancer Control Act
  • RA 11223 Universal Health Care Act
  • RA 11227 Handbook for OFWs Act of 2018
  • RA 11463 Malasakit Centers Act
  • RA 11469 Bayanihan to Heal as One Act
  • RA 11470 National Academy of Sports Act
  • RA 11476 GMRC and Values Education Act
  • RA 11480 An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) Days to Not More Than Two Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days
  • RA 11509 Doktor Para sa Bayan Act
  • RA 11510 Alternative Learning System Act
  • RA 11552 Extension of Lifeline Rate
  • RA 11569 Extending the Estate Tax Amnesty
  • RA 11571 JCEC Enhancement Act
  • RA 11572 Philippine Energy Research and Policy Institute Act

Among Gatchalian’s awards and recognition were:

  • Best Mayor in CAMANAVA (2008)[64]
  • Public Service Honoree, The Outstanding Young Men, TOYM (2011)
  • Manila 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders (2013)
  • Chosen as the 69th Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow (2019)




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