Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is no neophyte to public service with his 15 years of experience marked by integrity and a relentless drive to serve his countrymen.
A former award-winning mayor and congressman of Valenzuela City, he made the move from the local political arena to the national stage after winning a seat in the Senate during the May 2016 elections.
As chairman of the Senate Committees on Energy, and Economic Affairs, respectively, his approach to running both committees has been united by a common theme— empowering consumers. The good senator has steered both committees in a pro-consumer direction, focusing on measures that will foster greater competition within critical industries, boost efficiency of services, and lower the costs shouldered by the general public.
To bring this legislative agenda to life, he has authored or sponsored several key measures, including the Recoverable System Loss Act, the Energy Virtual One Stop Shop Act, the Philippine Innovation Act, and the Benham Rise Development Authority Act.
And then, of course, there is education, the platform that propelled his rise in the polls during the 2016 election campaign. He has made good on his promise to pass legislation establishing a tuition-free scheme in state universities and colleges. The Senate has approved Senate Bill No. 1304 or Affordable Higher Education For All Act, a consolidated version of Senator Win’s Free Higher Education Act, a landmark legislation that would make education within reach of deserving but underprivileged students.
Gatchalian traces his educational foundation to the prestigious Boston University in Massachusetts, USA, where he graduated with a degree in Finance and Operations Management in 1995.