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PHILIPPINE CONSTITUTION

Article VI: Legislative Department

ARTICLE VI: LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT


This article is mainly about the composition, powers, and functions of the Legislative Department of our government. The Legislative Department is composed of two chambers: the Senate, and the House of Representatives. (Picture)

COMPOSITION

Number of Officials (must be elected)


Senate 24 senators

Filipino citizen, can read, write, and at least 35 yrs. old Filipino citizen , can read, write, and at least 25 yrs. old

House of Representatives not more than 250 members

Term
Senators 6 years Representatives 4 years

Chairman
Election of Senate President (for Senators) Election of Speaker of the House of Representatives (for Representatives)

Party list

20 per cent of the total number of representatives

POWER

Senators and Representatives:

Receive annual compensation of Php7, 200


Transportation Allowance

Senate President and Speaker of the House receive annual compensation of Php16, 000 Privileged from arrest during sessions Declare existence of a state war

REGULATIONS
Disclosure of financial and business interests Incapability of holding any other government positions, subdivisions, or agency Punishments, such as suspension, for disorderly behaviours

Senators:
Service not more than two consecutive terms Service not more than three consecutive terms

GENERAL FUNCTIONS
Begin serving at noon on the 30th day of June following their election Convene in regular session once a year on the fourth Monday of July Keep a journal or record of its proceedings Conduct inquiries in aid of legislation

GENERAL FUNCTIONS

House of Representatives

Create bills, such as revenue, tariff, increase in public debt, local application, and private bills.

Senate

OTHERS

Such as:

Elections for Senators and Representatives Special Election in case of vacancy Construction of Election Tribunal and Commission on Appointments