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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 - Taxing the SEPs  
May 2014 (677 KB)

Self-employed individuals and professionals (SEPs) are traditionally known as a hard-to-tax group. To address this, the government through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is currently undertaking initiatives and intensifying its campaign to strengthen the monitoring and enforcement of tax compliance among SEPs.    (SEPO publications)


Senate PublicationsSTSRO TAX Bits: Why is Rice Smuggling on the Rise?
May-June 2014 (2.94MB)

Rice being the staple food for Filipinos is a viable product to sell; there will always be a market for rice in the Philippines.

The government, the rice farmers, the domestic trades, as well as the importers are very well aware of its significance.  (STSRO publications)


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

I. INTRODUCTION

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)



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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
Speech of Senate President Franklin M. Drilon
Opening of the 2nd Regular Session
16th Congress
July 28, 2014

RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR PEOPLE

My esteemed colleagues, your excellencies of the diplomatic corps, fellow workers in government, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

The eyes of the people are upon us again as we open the second regular session of the 16th Congress.   
Live Webcast of Plenary Session
Senate Hearing
Session is adjourned until 3:00 p.m.
Monday, August 4, 2014
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Friday, August 1
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SRN = Proposed Senate Resolution No.
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CR No. = Committee Report No.
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Res. No. = Adopted Senate Resolution No.
Ct. Res. No. = Concurrent Resolution No.
Jt. Res. No. = Joint Resolution No.

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