Hon. REX Gatchalian
Elected 26th Mayor of Valenzuela City
As chief executive of Valenzuela City elected during the May 2013 midterm elections, he is determined to strengthen the availability of social and healthcare services for Valenzuelanos in all stages of life, from birth to old age.
His public service platform, better known as the “Five Pillars of Good Governance,” focused on the essential needs of his constituents: (1) Education, (2) Health and Social Services, (3) Housing, (4) Job Generation, and (5) Trade and Industry.
Mayor REX’s commitment to bring his idealisms to life needed only a short period to materialize.
His inclination to create chains of infrastructure made him Valenzuela City’s fastest-achieving chief executive to build the most number of government edifices in less than two years.
Among the infrastructure he concretized are the 48 barangay health stations (BHS) city-wide and the 14 Sentro ng Sama-Samang Serbisyo 3S Centers. It is also during his tenure that the ALERT Center, the Valenzuela City’s Peoples Park, and the Valenzuela School of Mathematics and Science became a solid reality.
Plenty of Innovative ‘Firsts’
A number of breakthrough programs were also developed under the term of Mayor REX. Through his innovative and proactive standpoint in promoting good governance, Valenzuela City conceived several unique, high-standard, and world class projects in the country today. These innovations include:
- 3S Plus Electronic Terminal - the Philippines’ first electronic building permit application system
- Bantay Estudyante – the first senior citizen-force multiplier group that protects the safety of children who walk their way to public schools
- Bantay Ilog – the first local flood control arm that safeguards the city' rivers and creeks from pollutants
- Barangay-Based Feeding Program (BBFP) – the local government’s free supply of nutritious, ready-to-cook food for malnourished children aged six months to five years, provided that their parents regularly bring them to the barangay health station for weighing, check-up and vaccination
- Kitchen-on-Wheels – the mobile kitchen used by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) to immediately transport meals for typhoon victims or disaster-stricken communities
- Women’s Wellness Clinic, Mobile Medical and Dental Clinics, and Mobile Botika (pharmacy) – the city government’s mobile health facilities for medical missions and rescue operations
- VPOW or Valenzuela Police-on-Wheels - the first mobile police precinct in the country
- www.ValenzuelaTrabaho.gov.ph - the first job-matching website operated by a local government unit (LGU)
Quest for a More Liveable Valenzuela City
After completing his projects for the 5 Pillars, Mayor REX’s second wave of undertakings focused on transforming Valenzuela City into a more liveable one. His notion of a ‘liveable city’ essentially implies the presence of a leveled up infrastructure network and integrated sound protocols on logistics and management that will enable the city to respond to disasters and other challenges - hence, the birth of the ALERT Center (Allied Local Emergency and Evacuation Response Teams). The ALERT Center is the brain of the disaster preparedness and response of the city, and the roof of the Valenzuela City Disaster Preparedness Office (DPO), the new Central Fire Station, Red Cross Volunteer Center, the Valenzuela City Command and Coordinating Center (VC-C3), and the VC Tent.
In 2014, Mayor REX started inaugurating the 3S Centers or the Sentro ng Sama-samang Serbisyo. The ‘little city halls’ house the fundamental satellite offices of the local government, such as the barangay health stations, fire substations, Serbisyo Centers (satellite offices for the payment of business permits, real property, and other government taxes), and many more.
On February 14, 2015, the city’s 17th Charter Day, Valenzuelanos’ much awaited Valenzuela City People’s Park was officially opened to the public.
The REX Persona
Born January 21, 1979, Mayor REX graduated Cum Laude in 2001 from the George Washington University in Washington D.C., United States of America, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Political Science, with secondary fields of study in Marketing and Psychology.
In 2005, at the age of 26, he was elected President of Waterfront Hotels and Casinos, the country’s largest Filipino-owned first class hotel operator. Rather than settling for a comfortable, high ranking, and lucrative position as President of the said company, he instead chose to run for public office in order to serve his fellow Valenzuelanos.
Congressional Committees in the 14th and 15th Congress
In the 2007 elections, the people of the 1st District of Valenzuela City overwhelmingly voted for “Cong. REX”, as their Representative for the 14th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines, making him one of the youngest legislators. Then a neophyte Congressman in the House of Representatives, Mayor REX sought to further ensure the protection of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
As Vice-Chairman for the Congressional Committee for Overseas Workers’ Affairs, he authored Republic Act 10022, also known as “An Act Amending R.A. 8042, otherwise known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995”. The law mandates new policies for the further protection and genuine representation of our migrant workers.
He is also one of the principal authors of Republic Act No. 9576, or the law that doubles the maximum deposit insurance coverage by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) from P250,000 to P500,000. It was also during his first term as Representative that he was elected as National Spokesperson for the political party Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
In the national elections of May 2010, Mayor REX was re-elected as Representative of the 1st District of Valenzuela for the 15th Congress by a resounding majority vote of his constituents. He registered the largest electoral margin for the said position in Valenzuela’s history.
At the age of 31, he became the youngest member of the Commission on Appointments in history, and the only Congressional Representation from the City of Valenzuela to be part of said powerful institution. He also served as the Senior Vice-Chairman for the Congressional Committee on Games & Amusements.
Valenzuela City earned several citations under the leadership of Mayor REX. The citations profess the city’s economic accountability, liveability and disaster preparedness, outstanding employment and micro-entrepreneurship development programs, timely health and social protection policies, and sound implementation of peace and order advocacies.
- ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Business Permits and Licensing Office, City Assessor’s Office, City Engineer’s Office, Building Official (Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Development and OccupancyPermits), Office of the Local Civil Registry, City Health Office (Health Permit), Zoning Office (Locational Clearance)
Validated and certified by TÜV SÜD PSB
- Granted to the City Government of Valenzuela for continuous development and improvement of customer satisfaction and higher level of public trust through quality service and promotion of accountability to all its stakeholders. A systematic approach to management which conforms with the standards set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
- Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index 2014
9th Place, Cities Overall Competitiveness Ranking
National Competitiveness Council Philippines
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Ranked for the ability of the city to rise above and create value that ultimately contributes to sustained productivity and to prosperity for its constituency within the impacts of the interplay of governance and economic factors, such as natural and physical conditions, the human, physical, financial and natural resources, and the system under which it operates.
- E-Readiness Leadership Award 2014
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Supported by USAID INVEST Project
- Bestowed to Mayor REX Gatchalian for pioneering the adoption and strategic use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance the delivery of government services, improve revenue collection efforts and promote transparency in government operations. Assessed through the 2014 Business Permits & Licensing System (BPLS) Compliance and E-Readiness Survey.
- Most Business-Friendly Highly Urbanized City for 2014
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)
- For being a model city of good and effective governance with the conviction to institute and ensure accountability, transparency and efficiency in operations through continually improved public services that benefit not only the business community but the entire constituency.
- Jesse Robredo Award of Excellence in ICT for Good Governance
2014 Champion, Best in eGov Business Empowerment Award Category
National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP)
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
- Awarded to the pioneering initiative, the “3S Plus” program for its exemplary accomplishment in re-engineering the business environment in the city, particularly in the areas of streamlined business permits application system, the enhanced RPT tracking system through GIS, the automated building permits application system, and the e-mobile billing and payment system. The city’s initiative aced over other nominees in terms of innovativeness, sustainability, level of performance in addressing the problem, and in replicability.
Employment & Micro-Entrepreneurship Development
- 2013 Best Public Employment and Services Office (PESO) in NCR
1st Runner Up
2013 Best in Referral and Placement
Department of Labor and Employment
- For the LGU’s extensive efforts in the delivery of sustained jobs promotion and human resource development down to the grassroots-based network through efficient, accessible, and responsive services to strengthen local employment and to address jobs-skills mismatch.
- Gawad Parangal 2014
Best Performing LGU Cooperative Development Office
Highly Urbanized City Category
Cooperative Development Authority
- For fostering the micro-economic sector of the locality by upholding the principles of true cooperativism, thereby, helping them to achieve a common wellbeing that makes themselves active contributors to the growth of the local economy.
Liveability & Disaster Preparedness
- Liveable Cities Design Challenge 2014
2nd Place, Government/Evacuation Center Category
National Competitiveness Council Philippines
WWF for Nature
Urban Land Institute
APEC 2015 Council
- For the systematic and comprehensive design that addresses the disaster vulnerability of the city, and integration of varied and innovative schemes for utilizing the proposed structure, thereby promoting resiliency and effective service delivery.
Health & Social Protection
- Outstanding City in NCR
in Nutrition Program Implementation and Management
1st Runner Up
Department of Health
National Nutrition Council – National Capital Region
- Awarded for the city’s robust fight against nutrition problems in its locality, such as undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity, resulting in exemplary performance in nutrition program management and service delivery as assessed through the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI), the monitoring and evaluation scheme of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN).
- 2014 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance
Council for the Welfare of Children
Department of the Interior and Local Government
- Recognized for the city’s commitment to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child through faithful delivery of services with positive results and impact in the Four Basic Rights of the Child: the right to survival, protection from exploitation and abuse, basic education, and equality.
- Age-Friendly City 2014
Coalition for the Services of the Elderly
supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development
- Awarded for being an exceptional city that assures that older people remain busy and active contributors to the life of the community through employment as Bantay Estudyante and Bantay Bayan, and as volunteers to the city’s feeding and disaster preparedness programs. Geriatric healthcare was also cited, particularly the “Dalaw ni Dok” program which provides medical visits in all barangays for senior citizens who cannot go to a doctor.
Peace & Order
- Best Police Station
National Capital Region Police Office
- Police station with past and continuing notable accomplishments beyond the rating period.
- Golden Eagle Award 2013, 2014
Philippine National Police
- For outstanding commitment and unwavering support in the effective implementation of the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030: the “Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law” to achieve meaningful strides in enhancing the procurement and budget systems, upgrading skills and capabilities, improving crime prevention and crime solution, and promoting active community engagement and partnership.
- Country’s Best City Jail 2014
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
- Conferred for the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of the BJMP Valenzuela in the delivery of enhanced public safety through provision of sustained humane safekeeping and development of inmates.