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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(SEPO Budget Notes) Macroeconomic and Fiscal Assumptions of the Proposed 2018 Budget
May 2017 (1.4 MB)

Mirroring the “change is coming” promise of the Duterte administration, the proposed national expenditure program of the Executive for the 2018 is dubbed as “a budget that reforms and transforms”. (SEPO publications)

Senate Publications[STSRO - Taxbits] Taxation and Federalism
May - June 2017 (11.6MB)

The Senate Tax Study and Research Office (STSRO) held its 2nd tax forum entitled “Taxation in a Federal Form of Government” last 24 May 2017 at the Sen. Laurel Room, Senate of the Philippines, Pasay City. While there are many issues surrounding the proposal to shift to a federal form of government, this forum focused on the tax implications of such a move. (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
July - August 2017 (480 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.

President's Corner
Speech of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III  
Opening of the Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress

July 24, 2017

Good morning my dear colleagues and other members of the Senate family. Today we open the Second Regular Session of the Senate of the 17th Congress in the best possible way. A survey was released last week which showed that we enjoy a 59% approval rating, 4 points higher than the survey I cited in my message to you when we closed the First Regular Session. The same survey also showed that 57% of Filipinos trust our institution, 3 percentage points higher than the 54% rating we received in the previous survey. 

VIDEO: Senate President Koko Pimentel formally opens the 2nd Regular Session of the 17th Congress
Live Webcast of Plenary Session
Senate Hearing
Session is adjourned until 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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