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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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15th Congress 3rd Regular Session
July 23, 2012 - June 6, 2013 (581 KB)

The Senate in the 15th Congress

SEVENTY-SEVEN DAYS after the credible May 2010 automated national and local elections, and three weeks after former Senator Benigno Simeon Aquino III was sworn in as President of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30, the 15th Congress of the Philippines opened its first of three regular sessions on July 26, 2010.   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.

The government sees to it that there is enough supply in the market.  (STSRO publications)

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)

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
Adjournment Sine Die of the 1st Regular Session of the 16th Congress, June 11. 2014

My esteemed colleagues, good afternoon. As the First Regular Session of the 16th Congress comes to a close, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude and deepest appreciation to my dear colleagues for their boundless enthusiasm and single-mindedness in pursuing our legislative agenda, which translated into an impressive legislative performance.  
Live Webcast of Plenary Session
Senate Hearing
Session is adjourned until 3:00 p.m.
Monday, July 28, 2014
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Committee Schedule
Thursday, July 24
Finance: "P.S. Res. No. 287 – Inquiry on the 2011 Disbursement Acceleration Program of the current administration implemented from the year 2011 up to year..." 9:30 A.M. Session Hall 2/F Left Wing, Senate

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