Mayor WIN Gatchalian won his third straight term in the 2010 elections, securely retaining his seat with a dominant 88% of the popular vote.
With his sharp business acumen and solid management background, he infuses a corporate style of leadership to running the City Government. Not unlike a proactive CEO, he leads the city like a corporation, with local employees as prime assets, the citizens as valued clients, and Valenzuela City as a trusted brand name.
Since assuming his post in 2004, Mayor WIN has been steering Valenzuela toward major reforms.
Just six months into his first term, he ended the city’s garbage woes and turned Valenzuela into an urban model of cleanliness. In the aftermath of the devastation of typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009, Valenzuela, with Mayor WIN at the helm, harnessed both public and private resources to become the first city in Metro Manila to clear its area of flood debris and rubbish.
In a bid to rein in corruption and to improve public service, Mayor WIN has streamlined and simplified government transactions and integrated relevant technologies in government procedures. Improved tax collection, alongside a marked increase in taxpayers’ confidence in the local administration, has also led to a surge in city revenues. Income more than doubled from P900 million in 2004 to more than P2 billion in 2011.
Mayor WIN has made infrastructure development a priority in Valenzuela, constantly improving city operations for both citizens and enterprises.
In 2008, the city-funded P90-million Lingunan-Lawang Bato overpass was opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, finally linking the eastern and western portions of the city that had earlier been separated by the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX). The 80-meter-long and 10-meter-wide bridge significantly eased traffic congestion along the narrow Canumay East Service Road and the NLEX’s busy Malinta Exit, and facilitated trade flow across the city.
To facilitate public access to the local government, Mayor WIN established the New City Government Complex where the city offices and public service agencies are strategically placed in a single district. It includes the new executive building, finance center, police headquarters, a social hall, people’s center and legislative building, which houses the offices of the City Council and the Vice Mayor, and the frontline service offices. The old city hall building was also renovated and now serves as the Valenzuela City Hall of Justice.
Mayor WIN considers quality education his centerpiece advocacy and has gained important strides toward this direction.
Under the comprehensive WIN ang Edukasyon program, more than 2,000 classrooms have been built since 2004. Almost one million notebooks, lesson planners, and other teaching and learning materials are distributed every year. At the same time, public school teachers are given regular city government-sponsored trainings and seminars on the latest in teaching methods and strategies.
Mathematics and English workbooks have been developed with the Department of Education-Valenzuela, and are being supplied for free to all public elementary schools. In public high schools, state-of-the-art computer laboratories have been set up in support of the national government’s ICT program.
Born on April 6, 1974, Mayor WIN is the eldest son of businessman, philanthropist and former presidential advisor William Gatchalian. He earned his Business Administration degree at the prestigious Boston University in Massachusetts and finished advanced studies in Corporate Finance at the Euromoney Institute of Finance.
Prior to government service, he worked for several blue chip companies, including Air Philippines International Corporation, the Wellex Group of Companies, Omico Mining Corporation, Plastic City Corporation, and Waterfront Philippines Inc.
While still a young corporate executive, he founded the WIN Action Center, Inc. as a public service for the people of Valenzuela. The center, which remains in operation, regularly carries out medical missions, feeding programs, calamity response and assistance, scholarship grants, and youth outreach programs across Valenzuela.
In 2001, Mayor WIN ran for his first elective post and easily won the Congressional seat at the 1st District of Valenzuela. Among the bills and resolutions he authored were on the protection of migrant workers, the establishment of anti-illegal recruitment centers, the establishment of district drug rehabilitation centers, along with other developmental laws for the improvement of his home city.
In 2004, he was elected mayor, becoming the 27th local chief executive of Valenzuela.
MANILA 40 UNDER 40 INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEADERS for Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian, Development Executive Group (Devex), 2013
GALING POOK AWARD for innovations and excellence in local governance for “3S (Simple Speed Service) in Public Service Program,” Galing Pook Foundation, 2012
MOST BUSINESS FRIENDLY LGU - HIGHLY URBANIZED CITY CATEGORY, for outstanding efforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote trade and investment, and to ensure transparency and accountability, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) 2012
MOST OUTSTANDING LGU COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE in the National Capital Region, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), 2012
BEST IN INFANT AND YOUNG CHILD FEEDING INITIATIVES, for outstanding breastfeeding program and child nutrition advocacies, Department of Health - National Nutrition Council (NNC) - NCR, 2012
The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) 2011 Honoree for Public Service; awarded for his more than a decade of commitment in “changing people’s lives.”
“Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon Award,”
Philippine Red Cross’ prestigious medal, recipient for his highly-distinguished leadership and outstanding achievements
Top 1 Best Governed Highly Urbanized City, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – 2010 Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) Report
LGU Luminary 2011, Meralco Luminaries Award: bestowed for being a model of effective governance and excellent public service in the country which are evident in the prompt delivery of basic services and social welfare and development programs, and utilizing the benefits of public-private partnership in bringing about positive change in the lives of the constituents.
Number 1 for NCR, SY 2010-2011 and SY 2009-2010 National Achievement Test (NAT) for Elementary
One of the Business Friendly Cities in the country for the year 2011, The World Bank and the International Finance Corporation; (4th in the Ease of Starting a Business, 6th in the Ease of Dealing with Construction Permits and first in the Ease of Registering Property out of 25 Cities and 183 economies compared.)
National Housing Authority (NHA),citation, “for contribution in advocating and promoting efficient delivery of housing strategies, programs and projects in 2010.
Culture-Friendly Local Government Unit,National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), 2009
Department of Finance (DOF) - Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) Revenue Generation Efficiency Ranking 2008, Second Place in Metro Manila; for registering a record high 109.5 percent increase in collection efficiency and an aggregate PhP 1,329,747,855.72 revenue collection for fiscal year 2008.
2009 Best Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team in the National Capital Region (NCR).
2008 Best Mayor in CAMANAVA,NAPOLOCOM, for outstanding and invaluable support to peace and order efforts of the PNP and for enormous supports in terms of logistic and financial, which greatly helped the Valenzuela City Police in its programs and projects, particularly in the effective implementation of police visibility and PNP’s Mamang Pulis Program.
Best Peace and Order Council in NCR for CY 2007, Second Place; high ratings given to City POC is attributed to its Chairman Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian’s continued support to Valenzuela City Police Station and his “Valenzuela Police Station Capability Enhancement Program.”