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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) At A Glance - Tourism  
October 2014 (681 KB)

The tourism industry in the Philippines is an amalgam of services captured in the sectors of hotels and restaurants, transportation, food and beverage, entertainment, and retail trade, among others. An important part of the economy, it is a major contributor in terms of income, employment and foreign exchange earnings.         (SEPO publications)

Senate PublicationsSTSRO TAX Bits: Adjustment Delayed is Justice Denied?
September-October 2014 (4.5MB)

Congress Seeks to Increase Ceiling of Tax-Exempt
13th Month Pay, Christmas Bonus and Other Benefits

The House of Representatives passed on Third Reading House Bill No. 4970 seeking to increase the tax-exempt ceiling for 13th month pay, Christmas bonus and other benefits from ₱30,000 to ₱70,000.   (STSRO publications)

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


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)

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
Solidarity Message of Senate President Franklin M. Drilon
2nd International River Summit
Marikina City
November 21, 2014


Good afternoon everyone. I like short introductions. I always feel uncomfortable when my bio-data is recited before I speak as if I am going to depart the following day for St. Peter’s. Let me greet formally Mayor Del de Guzman – palakpakan po natin ulit lahat – the chairman of the 2014 International River Summit.  
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Committee Schedule
Tuesday, November 25
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