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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  
17th Congress 3rd Regular Session
July 23, 2018 - June 7, 2019 (519 KB)

Of Gratitude and Productiveness by Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III

My esteemed colleagues, the Senate of the 17th Congress is a tale of two Senate Presidents. I was preceded by the young bar topnotcher and politically—pedigreed Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III whose term commenced in July 2016. It was historic and the first time that a father-and-son team served as Senate Presidents. I even served for his father. He was as good as his father.

Senate PublicationsLRS Reports: SUMMARY OF SENATE BILL ON SECOND READING* First Regular Session, Eighteenth Congress
December 2019 (316 KB)


Senate Publications(SEPO - At a Glance) Agricultural Exports
December 2019 (861 KB)

Agricultural export promotion is one of the eight paradigms identified by newly confirmed Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar in the campaign to boost the agriculture sector.  (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)

Senate PublicationsLegislative Library Service - Library Update
November - December 2019 (740 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. (LLS publications)

Senate PublicationsThe Senate e-Monitor
August - December 2019 (12 MB)

The Senate e-Monitor is the Official Newsletter of Senate of the Philippines.

President's Corner
Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III

Acceptance Speech
July 22, 2019
1st Regular Session, 18th Congress

To the members of the diplomatic corps;
Members of the cabinet;
Dear colleagues;
Families and friends;
Your Excellencies and your Honors:

Magandang Umaga at Maraming Salamat po sa inyong pagdalo sa Senado sa araw na ito. Welcome and thank you for your time and effort to honor us with your presence at the beginning of the First Regular Session of the Senate of the 18th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. But of course, a most special welcome and heartfelt congratulations to the mix of familiar and new faces of twelve Senators freshly-mandated to join this Chamber in the recently-held May 2019 elections.
Live Webcast of Plenary Session
Senate Hearing
Session is adjourned until 3:00 p.m.
Monday, January 27, 2020
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Committee Schedule
Monday, January 27
Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform joint with Finance; and Ways and Means: "S. No. 147 – Instructional Gardens Act / S. Nos. 257, 280, 587 and 1264 - Integrated Urban Agriculture Act..." 9:00 A.M. Sen. A.B. Padilla Room
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(Please submit the SALN Summary Request Form to the Office of the Senate Secretary located at Room 605, 6th Floor Senate of the Philippines, GSIS Building, Diokno Boulevard, Pasay City)

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