Hon. REX Gatchalian
Born January 21, 1979, Honorable Mayor REX Gatchalian 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.
In the 2007 elections, at the young age of 28, the people of the 1st District of Valenzuela City overwhelmingly voted for “Cong. REX”, as he was fondly called by his constituents, as their Representative for the 14th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines, making him one of the youngest members. 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.
Also, he is 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 serves as the Senior Vice-Chairman for the Congressional Committee on Games & Amusements.
As an active public servant, Mayor REX puts emphasis on community sustainability through infrastructure developments and progressive health & education programs.
As chief executive of Valenzuela City elected during the May 2013 midterm elections, he is geared up on strengthening better availability of social and healthcare services for Valenzuelanos in all life stages, from birth to old age.