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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 3rd Regular Session
July 27, 2015 - June 6, 2016 (2.5 MB)

"What we have achieved is just the starting point for the next leap forward. Through the laws that we enacted, we are giving the 17th Congress, and the next administration, our present for the future."

- Senate President Franklin M. Drilon   (Download)

Senate Publications(SEPO Budget Notes) Macroeconomic and Fiscal Assumptions of the Proposed 2017 National Budget
September 2016 (1 MB)

The successful implementation of the budget plan is hinged on a set of macroeconomic assumptions approved by the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC). These are indicators by which government determine the viability of the budget -- whether the proposed expenditure program is reasonable and sustainable and whether there are sufficient fiscal resources to fund it.  (SEPO publications)

Senate PublicationsSTSRO - Taxbits: Expanding of Privileges for Persons with Disabilities, Value-Added Tax Exemptions of Sugar
November-December 2016 (4 MB)

On March 23, 2016, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed Republic Act 10754, “An Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons With Disabilities” manifesting again the government’s ceaseless commitment to improve the lives of our brethren persons with disabilities. (STSRO publications)

STSRO - Primer on Fiscal Incentives in relation to Bills Rationalizing the Fiscal incentives
3rd Revised Edition, 2016 (9MB)

Fiscal incentives are subsidies, tax reliefs and preferential tax treatment that are usually given to registered enterprises and priority sectors to promote and encourage investments and development. (download)

STSRO - Primer on Reforms in Personal and Corporate Income Tax
August 2016 (11MB)

Instituting Progressive Tax Reform and More Effective Tax Collection, Indexing Taxes to Inflation (download)

STSRO - Taxation 101
First Edition, 2016 (21.5MB)

The power of taxation is an inherent and plenary prerogative of the State, its exercise being only limited by the Bill of Rights enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution (download)

August 2016 (738 KB)

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
March - August 2016 (421 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.

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Christmas 2016 Message of Senate President Koko Pimentel

December 24, 2016

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas! And I pray that the coming new year will usher in a period of peace, justice, and prosperity for you, your family, our country and the rest of the world.

Christmas is a time for peace. Remember that our Lord always said "Peace be with you." Hence, let us be at peace this Christmas: at peace with our God, with our religion and conscience, with our family and community, with our countrymen, our ASEAN region, and with the entire community of nations. 
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Session is adjourned until 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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