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Key Legislation

The statutes of the Philippines are found in the various enactments of the Philippine legislature since its creation in 1900. From the establishment of the American civil government in 1900 to 1935, there were 4,275 laws passed by the Philippine Commission and its bicameral successor, the Philippine Legislature. The Commonwealth period witnessed the enactment of 733 statutes while 6,635 Republic Acts were legislated from 04 July 1946 to 21 September 1972. During the martial law period, a total of 2,035 Presidential Decrees were promulgated as of 20 February 1986. A total of 302 Executive Orders have been issued by President Corazon C Aquino. The Philippine Congress convened on 27 July 1987 and has enacted considerable Republic Acts to date. (

Among the more notable laws in force today are the Civil Code (R.A. No. 386, as amended), the Revised Penal Code (Act No. 3815), Election Code (Batas Pambansa Bilang 88), The Family Code of the Philippines (Executive Order No. 209), Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 1083), the Labor Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 442), The Local Government Code (Republic Act No. 7160), The General Banking Law (Republic Act No. 337), and others.

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