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The legislature in any society performs the important function of deliberating policies for the people and passing them in the form of statutes. Although the Philippine Legislature was organized only in 1916, it had deep roots in the past.

Long before the Spanish rulers came to the Philippines, the people in their barangays were already governed by a set of rules by their chief. Over the long span of Spanish and American rule, various forms of legislative structures were set up to perpetuate the colonial rulers’ desire to rule the country.
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17th Congress 2nd Regular Session
July 24, 2017 - June 1, 2018 (710 KB)

"My motivation to lead is the result of my eagerness to learn, my willingness to serve, and ultimately, my commitment to love God, our people and our country." - Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III

Senate Publications(SEPO - Policy Brief) Addressing a National Health Threat: The Philippine HIV Epidemic
August 2018 (1.26 MB)

Almost four decades since modern medicine became aware of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)1 in the early 1980s, the world is still grappling with the dreaded disease to this day. Globally, there are an estimated total of 76.1 million infections, 35 million deaths and 36.7 million people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) (UNAIDS, 2018). (SEPO publications)

Senate Publications(SEPO - Policy Brief) Delineating the Philippines’ Specific Forest Limits
June 2018 (1 MB)

Forests are among the valuable natural resources of the Philippines due to their environmental, social, cultural and economic significance. Sadly, these fundamental assets are gradually disappearing because of continued deforestation. Delineating the country’s specific forest limits by law is necessary to sustainably manage, conserve and protect the country’s remaining forests from further depletion.  (SEPO publications)

Senate PublicationsSTSRO: If We Can't Race to the Bottom - Let's Just Swim Along
September - October 2018 (3.7 MB)

“Every culture has some ritual for joining two people together and making them stay that way, and ours is giving tax breaks." -- Bauvard   (STSRO publications)



Senate PublicationsSTSRO: [Updated] Primer on Republic Act No. 10963 - TRAIN Law
March 2018 (1.1 MB)

PERSONAL INCOME TAX - Starting January 1, 2018, compensation income earners, self-employed and professional taxpayers (SEPs) whose annual taxable incomes are P250,000 or less are exempt from the personal income tax (PIT).   (STSRO publications)


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A Briefing Summary on the FY 2017 National Budget Prepared for the members of the Senate Finance Committee  (LBRMO publications)

Senate PublicationsLegislative Library Service - Library Update
Novemember - December 2018 (767 KB)

The Senate Library's BIBLIOGRAPHY SERVICE is a bimonthly compilation of books, and other information materials which aims to inform and update the Honorable Senators, their research staff, and the officials and technical staff of the Secretariat of recent additions to the library collections.

President's Corner
Speech of Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III
Opening of the Seventeenth Congress - Third Regular Session
23 July 2018

It has been a practice of former Senate Presidents to mention the achievements of the past regular session as a preliminary statement in the opening of the new regular session; however, today, I will breakaway from that tradition as I will just submit to you the Senate’s accomplishment – with special thanks to the leadership of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

Today, we commence the third regular session of the 17th Congress on the part of one of its two component Houses, the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines. Like all beginnings, it is a fine time for looking back, a time to presently locate ourselves, and a moment to reflect on the path towards our dream for peace, prosperity and happiness for all. 
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