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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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Senate PublicationsPerformance of the Senate  
16th Congress 1st Regular Session
July 22, 2013 - June 13, 2014 (4.1 MB)

"The First Regular Session of the 16th Congress has afforded us the opportunity to prove the stability of our institution in the face of adversity."

- Senate President Franklin M. Drilon   (Download)



Senate Publications(SEPO Policy Brief) National Land Use Policy: Protecting Prime Agricultural Lands  
December 2014 (1 MB)

With only less than 10 million hectares of agricultural land that is threatened by a rapidly urbanizing economy, how would the Philippines be able to meet its growing demand for food, and continue providing rural employment to further reduce poverty?  (SEPO publications)


Senate PublicationsSTSRO TAX Bits: RA 10653 Towards a take home pay that could take me home
March-April 2015 (3.2MB)

Finally, twenty (20) years after the original law was passed granting tax exemption to 13th month pay, Christmas bonus and productivity incentives given to private and government employees up to Php30,000 and ten (10) years after the first legislative initiative to adjust the said threshold to inflation, President Aquino III signed into law Republic Act 10653 on February 12, 2015. (STSRO publications)


STSRO - COCCTRP Materials

Materials for the 2014 Second Meeting of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (COCCTRP) (download)

Letter of BIR Commissioner Henares to the COCCTRP dated 12 November 2014   (download)


Senate PublicationsLBRMO Budget Facts & Figures: 25 Years of CARP
April-June 2014 (1.4 MB)

I. INTRODUCTION

Land reform policies have been in the political agenda in the country since the Commonwealth period. In fact, the Philippine Agrarian Reform Program is one of the longest-running programs of its kind anywhere in the world.1   (LBRMO publications)



Senate PublicationsInstitutional Linkages Service (ILS) - LINKAGES CIRCULAR 

The LINKAGES CIRCULAR is a regular publication of the Institutional Linkages Service. This publication is meant to guide and inform the external clients of the Senate, individuals and organizations, on the bills and resolutions filed/adopted by our Senators, as well as committee reports, which were taken up on the floor during or for a particular week/month/period. (ILS publications)



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Museum The Senate Museum

Enclosed in the walls of the Senate museum is a repository of our country's rich legislative tradition, the Philippine Senate's long and illustrious heritage that serves as the bastion of our nation's freedom.

The museum houses materials that show the mandates of the Senate under the Jones Law, and a host of congressional records, bills, resolutions and republic acts.

President's Corner
Speech of Philippine Senate President Franklin M. Drilon
“Liberalism in the 21st Century” - Dinner Reception for members of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD)
Organized by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) and Liberal International (LI)
Friday, 27 March 2015,
JW Marriot Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam



Liberalism in the 21st Century

Mr. Hans-Georg Jonek, Country Director, Friedrich Naumann Foundation Vietnam; fellow parliamentarians; distinguished guests; friends; ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.  
Live Webcast of Plenary Session
Senate Hearing
Session is adjourned until 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 1, 2015
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Thursday, May 28
Blue Ribbon [Sub-Committee on P.S. Res. Nos. 826 and 1114]: "P.S. Res. Nos. 826 - Alleged overpricing of the 11-storey new Makati City Hall II Parking Building, the 22-storey Makati City Hall Building and..." 10:00 A.M. Session Hall 2/F Left Wing, Senate
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