For Legislators

Primary reservoir of information for legislators and the public linking legislative information with research resources. This site makes available major bills being considered in both houses of the Congress of the Philippines. This site aspires to encourage more discussion and debate on pending bills by making it accessible to the public and by providing inputs from results of research studies for a more learned debate. The Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) brings you its Resources for Legislators facility that aims to ne the primThe kinds of information available in our database include full text versions of the bills; the major sponsors of the bill; the current status of the bill in the legislative process; and the corresponding Committee Reports when available.

The site also provides two mechanisms for providing feed back on pending legislation: sending email to your favourite Senator or Representative and on-line discussion of the bills. The other major component of this facitlity is the capacity to link a bill with available research resources making use of CPBRD' Socioeconomic Research Portal for the Philippines, a gateway to hudreds of completed research studies by the Institute and members of its network.


Knowledge for Development Center

Rationale.  The House of Representatives (HRep) regards knowledge sharing as a tool for development.  It has actively supported and directed various activities that not only contributed to the development of new knowledge and creation of new knowledge products but in promoting knowledge sharing among its development partners as well.

As a knowledge-based institution, the HRep has underlined the importance of a pro-active and responsive knowledge sharing strategy to ensure that the legislative and oversight functions of the House are effectively implemented.  Towards this end, the HRep has firmed up its engagement with international development agencies to open a new Knowledge for Development Center (KDC) that will give access to development information to institutional clients.

Functions of the KDCs. The KDCs are “centers for knowledge for development” because they provide rich sources of research studies and reports useful for policy-making and legislation. They are user-friendly, easily accessible information centers where government, the private sector, NGOs, development agencies, students, media and the academe can access such information.

Also, they are hubs for policy dialogue that can bring together key stakeholders and experts, and promote awareness and discussion of emerging and critical development issues.

The KDC Network. The KDC is a knowledge sharing partnership between the World Bank and knowledge institutions in the Philippines with the support of other international development agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, World Health Organization—Western Pacific Regional Office, United Nations Information Centre and The Asia Foundation.

There are 11 KDCs located in key cities around the country and are managed by partner-universities. A Memorandum of Agreement between the HRep and the World Bank was signed last June 2009 designating the HRep as the 12th KDC in the country—and the only non-academic institution to be given that recognition.

Part of the KDC network is the Bank’s regional library partnership with five institutions including the House of Representatives’ KDC (HRep-KDC). Regional libraries have World Bank publications as part of their library collection.

To complement the KDC MOA with the World Bank, the other international development agencies have committed to support the HRep-KDC through regular shipment of printed materials with full shipping cost subsidy.

Status of Priority Bills

This facility reports on the status of Legislative Priority Measures which were identified by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP)  2011-2016. Electronic copies of pertinent bills in their latest versions are presented together with position papers of interested parties and stakeholders, whenever available.  Related studies and academic papers compiled under the socio-economic research portal (SERP-P)  are hyperlinked to provide a more objective, evidence based, and holistic view on the policy reform proposals.