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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 1st Regular Session
July 25, 2016 - May 31, 2017 (569 KB)

"Together, we will build a Senate that is independent, responsible, and responsive. A Senate that is a pillar of democracy and the pride of the Filipino people." - Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III

Senate Publications(Policy Brief) Rice Tariffication: Why is it a necessary public policy?
December 2017 (1.21 MB)

With 8.23 million “foodpoor” Filipinos that represent 8.1 percent of the population and who spend as much as 30.6 percent of their total food expenditure on rice, shouldn’t the Philippinelift the quantitative restriction that makes its staple food very expensive? A public policy on rice tariffication may be necessary.  (SEPO publications)

Senate Publications(SEPO - At A Glance) Philippine Solid Wastes
November 2017 (1 MB)

Solid waste management remains a major challenge in the Philippines especially in urban areas like Metro Manila. Improper wastes disposal, inefficient wastes collection and lack of disposal facilities are among the dominant concerns in the country’s solid waste management. (SEPO publications)

Senate Publications[STSRO - Taxbits] TRAIN's Monumental Journey
November - December 2017 (5MB)

Taxation and tax reforms have been primarily used as policy instruments to achieve a set of economic and fiscal goals. According to Rao1 (2014) tax reforms are generally undertaken to improve the efficiency of tax administration and to maximize the economic and social benefits that can be achieved through the tax system.He says that tax reform can reduce tax evasion and avoidance, and allow for more efficient and fair tax collection that can finance public goods and services.   (STSRO publications)

Senate Publications[STSRO - Taxbits] No TRAIN, No Gain
September - October 2017 (3.5MB)

The only thing constant in life is change; this holds true for our tax laws since reforms had always been a part of our country’s legislative history. As new economic conditions arise, our tax laws cannot remain unchanged and must be modified accordingly.  (STSRO publications)

STSRO - Primer on Fiscal Incentives in relation to Bills Rationalizing the Fiscal incentives
3rd Revised Edition, 2016 (9MB)

Fiscal incentives are subsidies, tax reliefs and preferential tax treatment that are usually given to registered enterprises and priority sectors to promote and encourage investments and development. (download)

STSRO - Primer on Reforms in Personal and Corporate Income Tax
August 2016 (11MB)

Instituting Progressive Tax Reform and More Effective Tax Collection, Indexing Taxes to Inflation (download)

STSRO - Taxation 101
First Edition, 2016 (21.5MB)

The power of taxation is an inherent and plenary prerogative of the State, its exercise being only limited by the Bill of Rights enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution (download)

August 2016 (738 KB)

A Briefing Summary on the FY 2017 National Budget Prepared for the members of the Senate Finance Committee  (LBRMO publications)

Senate PublicationsLegislative Library Service - Library Update
September - October 2017 (501 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 Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III  
Necrological Services for Former Senator Dominador R. Aytona

02 October 2017

The Aytona family, my colleagues who are present here- Senator Villar, Senator, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, former Senator Eddie Illarde, to former Senator and Mayor Fred Lim, to the Senate family, to my fellow Filipinos, good morning at magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat.
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