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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 Policy Brief) National Land Use Policy: Protecting Prime Agricultural Lands  
December 2014 (1 MB)

With only less than 10 million hectares of agricultural land that is threatened by a rapidly urbanizing economy, how would the Philippines be able to meet its growing demand for food, and continue providing rural employment to further reduce poverty?  (SEPO publications)

Senate PublicationsSTSRO TAX Bits: An analysis of tax and fiscal policy provisions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as contained under Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2408
November-December 2014 (5.7MB)

This alludes to SBN 2408 entitled: “An Act Providing For The Basic Law For The Bangsamoro And Abolishing The Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao, Repealing For The Purpose Republic Act No. 9054, Entitled ‘An Act To Strengthen And Expand The Organic Act For The Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao,‘ And Republic Act No. 6734, Entitled ‘An Act Providing For An Organic Act For The Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao,’ And For Other Purposes.” (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)

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)

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)

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
Philippine Librarians Association Inc. National Congress
Century Park Hotel, Manila
November 26, 2014


First let me greet Dr. Marilou Tadlip, Head of the National Committee on Library and Information Services; the President of the Philippine Librarian Association Incorporated, Mrs. Elizabeth Peralejo; the Executive Vice President and Conference Chair of the Philippines, Mr. Michael Pinto; Prof. Rhea Ravena Apolinario, our emcee; friends, ladies and gentlemen good morning.  
Live Webcast of Plenary Session
Senate Hearing
Session is adjourned until 3:00 p.m.
Monday, January 26, 2015
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Committee Schedule
Monday, January 26
Local Government jt. with Peace, Unification and Reconciliation; and Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes: "Constitutional issues of S. No. 2408 (Bangsamoro Basic Law)..." 10:00 A.M. Sen. C.M. Recto Room Sen. J.P. Laurel Room

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SBN = Senate Bill No.
SRN = Proposed Senate Resolution No.
Journal No. = Journal Session No.
CR No. = Committee Report No.
RA No. = Republic Act No.
Res. No. = Adopted Senate Resolution No.
Ct. Res. No. = Concurrent Resolution No.
Jt. Res. No. = Joint Resolution No.

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