Empowerment of the youth is an issue that Senator Marcos has always been passionate about. In fact, the very first law that he authored as a neophyte congressman in 1992 was the establishment of the Philippine Youth Commission.
Emphasizing that education is an important factor in nation-building, Senator Marcos filed the following bills to improve the state of education in the country :
Senate Bill No. 3106 : Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act
The bill sought to raise the compensation of public school teachers from Salary Grade 11 or approximately P18,000 a month to Salary Grade 15 or approximately P25,000 a month. The bill was filed to make the minimum salary of public school teachers more competitive other professionals.
Senate Bill No. 2531 : Teachers Education Act of 2010
The bill mandated continuing education for all private and public school teachers in all levels of education. The bill was filed to strengthen the country’s educational system by supporting its educators.
Senate Bill No. 2532 : First Class Public Schools and Libraries Act of 2010
The bill made it mandatory for all public school libraries to have first class libraries. The bill was filed to promote quality education in public schools.
Senate Bill No. 2188 : Moratorium on the Creation or Conversion of State Universities and Colleges Act of 2010
The bill sought to impose a 3-year moratorium on the creation of new state universities and colleges. The bill was filed to give Congress and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) more time to assess and upgrade existing state colleges and universities to competitive levels.
Senate Bill No. 1191 : Pag-asa ng Paglaya sa Pagbasa
The “Redemption through Reading” bill emphasized the value of education -- even for prisoners who will be socially reintegrated into society after their release from prison.