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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 2nd Regular Session
July 28, 2014 - June 10, 2015 (328 KB)

"The Senate must not lose sight of our ultimate goal, which is to provide a better life for each Filipino; a life that is not wanting in choices and opportunities."

- Senate President Franklin M. Drilon   (Download)

Senate Publications(SEPO Policy Brief) National Land Use Policy:
Enhancing Urban Concentration
December 2015 (1.2 MB)

With the doubling of the population in about 40 years, the most important question to face our nation may well be: How can we sustainably accommodate 200 million people nationwide, with about 40 million in the Greater Manila Area? A national land use policy of enhancing urban concentration may be the answer.  (SEPO publications)

Senate PublicationsSTSRO TAX Bits: TIMTA: Transparency in the Grant of Incentives for the Country's Development
January-February 2016 (2.8MB)

Republic Act No. 10708, otherwise known as ”The Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act (TIMTA)” was a consolidation of House Bill No. 5831 and Senate Bill No. 2669. It was ratified by the House of Representatives and the Senate on October 7, 2015 and signed by the President of the Republic of the Philippines on December 9, 2015. (STSRO publications)


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)

STSRO - A compilation of selected Supreme Court cases in taxation 2012-2014

Commemorating Senate Tax Study and Research Office's 26th Founding Anniversary (download)

Senate PublicationsLegislative Library Service - Library Update
November- December 2015 (595 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.

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)

  • February 4, 2016 – Launching of the Senate Centennial Commemorative Stamp
    at 3:00pm, Recto-Laurel Rooms, Senate of the Philippines

  • February 16, 2016 – Senate Centennial Lecture Series
    Lecture on “Comparative Assessment of Proposals to Amend the Personal Income Tax Law” By Dr. Rosario Manasan, Senior Research Fellow 9:00am at Laurel-Pecson Rooms

President's Corner

at the 3rd State Conference on the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNC)

Malacañang Palace
December 15, 2015

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant."

Your Excellency, as you look forward to July 1, 2016, that passage from Max De Pree, an American author of books on leadership, is most appropriate.  
Live Webcast of Plenary Session
Senate Hearing
Session is adjourned until 3:00 p.m.
Monday, May 23, 2016
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Committee Schedule
Thursday, February 11
- No Committee Meeting -  

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Jt. Res. No. = Joint Resolution No.

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