Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian
Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian has made education the core development program of his administration, offering an end-to-end system that subsidizes education at all levels, from day care centers to universities. He aims to develop graduates who will not only find immediate employment from businesses and organizations in the city, but also have the skills needed to boost Valenzuela’s competitiveness against traditional business hubs in Metro Manila.
Gatchalian believes that investing in infrastructure is not the way to lure high-tech industries to Valenzuela. For him, producing a highly educated workforce that can meet the needs and requirements of high-tech industries is the way to boost the city’s competitiveness. As such, he changed the courses offered at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela — which the city government highly subsidizes — to make sure the skills that will be cultivated there match the needs of the city and of high-tech industries.
The goal now is to produce more engineers, which Gatchalian believes are highly in demand.
“If our constituents would get a degree in engineering,” Gatchalian said, “it will give them a fighting chance to get a decent job and in return, hopefully, they come back to Valenzuela, start their families here, spend their money here, and that in turn develops the entire local economy of Valenzuela.”
Gatchalian was recognized in 2011 as one of The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines for the public service category. He was also awarded by the Department of Interior and Local Government in the same year as the country’s top city mayor for good governance.