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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 Publications(SEPO Budget Notes) Macroeconomic and Fiscal Assumptions of the Proposed 2017 National Budget
September 2016 (1 MB)

The successful implementation of the budget plan is hinged on a set of macroeconomic assumptions approved by the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC). These are indicators by which government determine the viability of the budget -- whether the proposed expenditure program is reasonable and sustainable and whether there are sufficient fiscal resources to fund it.  (SEPO publications)



Senate PublicationsSTSRO - Taxbits: Tax Treaty - A backgrounder
January-February 2017 (2.3MB)

In the grand scheme of the present generation’s economic activities, governments of countries having political jurisdiction of different territories rely on each other to solve and resolve the myriad and complex issues confronting world trade and the exchange of goods and services. (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)



Senate PublicationsLBRMO: THE PROPOSED FY 2017 NATIONAL EXPENDITURE PROGRAM: ITS COMPOSITION, DISTRIBUTION, AND FINANCING
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
January - February 2017 (402 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 PublicationsPerformance of the Senate  
16th Congress 3rd Regular Session
July 27, 2015 - June 6, 2016 (2.5 MB)

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President's Corner
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel’s Explanation of his YES VOTE for the Paris Agreement

March 14, 2017
 

Mr. President, my dear Colleagues, the threat of climate change is real and has been at our doors for quite some time. I know this for a fact, being a survivor of two typhoons, Ondoy and Sendong. Climate change is harmful, but we can do something about it. And voting yes today is one of those ways.

I vote yes, because this Agreement is in keeping with our Constitutionally enshrined principles. It is our duty to protect the rights of our people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature, as mentioned in Article II, Section 16 of our Constitution. It is a duty that has been reinforced by various Supreme Court decisions that say the issue of the environment is of transcendental importance. President Rodrigo Duterte himself has expressed his concern for the environment and climate change.  
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