Since 1900, statutes have been enacted with the following titles:
During Martial Law, both President Marcos and the Batasang Pambansa (Parliament) issued laws at the same time - there were 2034 Presidential Decrees by President Marcos (1972-1985) and 884 Batas Pambansa by the Philippine Parliament.
In addition, the Philippines also has approximately 27 Codes in force - these are either enacted as legislation or issued by Executive Order or Presidential Decree. The Codes are:
The official languages of the Philippines are English and Filipino.
Statutes are available online in English on:
CD Asia Online (UniMelb staff & student access) - all Acts, Commonwealth Acts, Batas Pambansa, Republic Acts. Also included are Spanish Era Codes (the Civil Code of 1889, Penal Code and the Code of Commerce), Presidential Issuances, Implementing Rules and Regulations (arranged alphabetically by topic) and Other Rules and Procedures (arranged alphabetically by topic).
The LAWPHiL Project: Arellano Law Foundation - (open access) includes all Acts, Commonwealth Acts, Batas Pambansa, Republic Acts, and Presidential Decrees. The Republic Acts are not as up to date as those on CD Asia or the Official Gazette. This database also includes Executive Issuances, including Presidential Issuances and Constitutional Commissions.
The Official Gazette - (open access) very recent Republic Acts - more recent than the above two databases. The Online version of the Gazette is supposed to include Acts from 2010 to current, but finding Acts any older than the current year is problematic.
The House of Representatives website includes Republic Acts from the 8th Congress (1987-1992) to current. These are PDFs of the official printed Acts.
The Foreign Law Guide - Philippines (UniMelb staff & student access) provides access to legislation on many legal subjects -arranged alphabetically by topic. Links are provided to the full text on open access databases. It also contains bibliographies of useful secondary sources (books and articles) on these topics.
Legislative power is vested in the bicameral Congress of the Philippines, which comprises the Senate and the House of Representatives. The legislature promulgates statutes.
A brief history of the Philippine legislature is available at the House of Representative website.
A useful explanation of the Legislative Process: How a Bill becomes a Law, is available on the House of Representatives website.
Bills and Resolutions
The House of Representatives website includes:
The Senate website includes: