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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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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: Tax Treatment of Political Contributions
March-April 2016 (4.5MB)

Come May 9, 2016, qualified Philippine voters will once more elect a new set of public officials including, among others, a President, Vice-President, Senators and Congressmen. It is not unusual for candidates to receive contributions, monetary or otherwise, from various well-meaning organizations and individuals. To re-mind the candidates, the following article and issuance are reproduced hereunder: (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)


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
January - February 2016 (281 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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SPEECH OF SENATE PRESIDENT FRANKLIN M. DRILON

89th Commencement Exercises
Bicol College
4 April 2016


RISING TO THE CHALLENGE OF THE ASEAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION

Bicol College President Dr. Maria Luz T. Macasinag, faculty members and staff, my dear graduates, friends, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

It is a great honor and privilege to speak before you on this momentous occasion.
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