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Platforms & Programs



As a legislator, VST pushed for several measures that will ensure the quality of education in the country and for the support or assistance to students.

When elected as VP, VST shall make sure that the foregoing laws, as well as the other related measures, are well implemented and funded.

VST sees education as a means to solve drug problems; hence, he filed Senate Bill No. 2236 or the Drug Abuse Prevention Program in Basic Education Act, which seeks to require all public and private basic education institutions to integrate a drug abuse prevention program in the subjects Health for Grades 7 to 10, Physical Education and Health for Grade 11, land Personal Development for Grade 12

To improve the quality of education, VST sees the need to pamper the country's educators by providing them additional benefits and enhancing and developing their knowledge and abilities.

"You cannot teach what you do not know"



VST was the Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) Chair from July 2008 - November 2009. He implemented a holistic approach on the illegal drug problem: Prevention, Enforcement, Prosecution and Rehabilitation

"The day they stop buying is the day they stop selling."

The QC Anti-Drug Abuse Council was declared as a model council by the World Health Organization, the Dangerous Drugs Board, and the Narcotics Command.

In 2019, the DILG named QCADAC as the most effective anti-drug abuse advisory group in the country. 50% of QC drug cases went down to 9% after creation of the QC ADAC.

VST has also authored bills and laws on illegal drugs, including:

  • Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002
  • An Act Amending Section 21 Of Republic Act No. 9165, Otherwise Known As The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act Of 2002


VST is a staunch pro-life advocate, condemns any form of human rights abuses, and disapproves abuse of power.

  • Principally authored the law amending the Juvenile Justice Act that creates "Bahay Pag- as" in every province and highly urbanized cities because he believes that even those children in conflict with the law, and also persons deprived of liberty, have rights that need to be protected too
  • Authored the amendments to the Anti-hazing law, which expands the definition of "hazing." The said law also banned "all forms of hazing" not only in fraternities, sororities or organizations in schools, but also those in communities and even businesses and uniformed service learning institution
  • Principally authored the bill on Separate Facility for Heinous Crimes Inmates Act
  • Principally authored the bill, now a law, Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Act
  • He has also authored the following laws for Women: the Expanded Solo Parent's Welfare Act (to be signed by PRRD) and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act


As Senate President, he has a directive to the Senate Secretary to release the SALNs of senators. VST has always been disclosing his SALN. He believes the solution to fight off corruption is a "good government", a leadership who leads by example.



Senate President Tito Sotto recognizes the importance of agriculture to our economic growth, contributing 10.18% in GDP in 2020. According to a World Bank report in the same year, transforming Philippine agriculture into a dynamic, high-growth sector is essential for the country to speed up recovery, poverty reduction and inclusive growth.

Seeing the need for growth in the sector, VST pushes for Agricultural Modernization through budget increase and that at least 50% of the output of local farmers should be purchased by the government at the farmers' prices. He also ensures to fight smuggling of produce by strengthening border control and regulation of importation.

VST also believes that any changes in the imposition of taxes must be studied well. Factors affecting the stakeholders and the government coffers must be considered altogether.



VST ensures the proper implementation of labor laws, particularly on employee benefits and allowances.

The Budget Reform Advocacy for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) would translate to more employment opportunities as entrepreneurs and investors would be more enticed to establish businesses in locally developed areas.

He has authored the following laws:

  • Philippine Retirement Pay Law
  • An Act Increasing the Minimum Wage of Househelpers
  • Batas Kasambahay Act
  • Occupational Safety and Health Standards Act


VST continuously communicates with our OFWs through virtual meetings to get to know their concerns and provide them their needed assistance. He has helped and facilitated the repatriation of several Filipino workers abroad.

The BRAVE Program can help the OFWs as this will aid in the growth of the economy, among others.

VST also authored laws for OFWs including:

  • Overseas Absentee Voting
  • Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act


VST believes that through the BRAVE Program that aims to solve the country's underdevelopment, poverty and lack of education - will provide additional economic and employment opportunities for the people; not causing them to think of illicit ways to earn money and uphold insurgencies; thus, allowing peace and order to reign in the country.

He also believes in using a holistic approach towards the country's drug problem.

Authored Laws on Peace and Order:

  • Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act
  • Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Anti-Hazing Act


VST filed "Maritime Zones Act" bill (SBN 2289) on June 7, 2021, aiming to map out the Philippines' maritime zones to preserve and protect the country's sovereign rights in the face of increased Chinese militarization of the West Philippine Sea.

The maritime zones of the Philippines comprise the internal waters, archipelagic waters, territorial sea, contiguous zone, exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf.

"Let us make our own map, similar to China's nine-dash line. Let's insist on our own maritime zone."

SBN 2289 is based on the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which states that the Philippines has sovereign rights over features located within its EEZ or 12 to 200 nautical miles from the baseline of its territorial waters.



As a legislator, Senate President Tito Sotto has authored several laws on health care, including the following:

  • PhilHealth Charter
  • Mandatory PhilHealth Coverage for Senior Citizens
  • Universal Health Care Act
  • Anti-Hospital Deposit Law
  • National Integrated Cancer Control Act

VST ensures the full implementation of the Universal Health Care Act, which was enacted into law in February 2019.



Senator Tito Sotto's plan for COVID-19 Response is to focus on prevention and treatment. This includes:

  • Ensuring that medicine and treatment are accessible to Filipinos and supplies are adequate.
  • Free testing
  • Strict implementation of health and safety protocols
  • Implementation of the National ID system


With the Philippines having the fifth longest coastline in the world, VST has been proposing the establishment of desalination plants in the country, similar to what is being done in Middle Eastern countries. He also proposes the utilization of rainwater harvesting system based on a study done in Korea, which can serve as an alternative source of non-potable water for the community and could also reduce the amount of surface runoff that could result to extreme flooding. This comes from the data that the Philippines' mean annual rainfall is 965 to 4064 millimeters.

VST believes that the BRAVE Program will allow LGs to fund infrastructures, which may include renewable sources of energy.

He has also long urged the Philippine government to enter into a joint oil and natural gas exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea, saying it would help "underscore" Manila's arbitral victory over Beijing and would help the country's fuel crisis.



VST is open to discuss the bill prohibiting political dynasties depending on the definition of the term "political dynasty" provided in the bill.

Article 2, section 26 of the 1987 Constitution states that: "The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law"

If there is "concentrated influence" in one city, district or province = political dynasty. He respects the will of the electorate.