Congress of the Philippines

bicameral legislature of the Republic of the Philippines

The Congress of the Philippines (Filipino: Kongreso ng Pilipinas) is the national legislature of the Philippines. It is made of the Senate (upper chamber), and the House of Representatives (lower chamber).[1] although in the Philippines the term congress commonly refers to just the latter.

The Senate is made of 24 senators [2] half of which are elected every three years. The House of Representatives is currently made of 297 congressmen.

A regular session can last until thirty days before the opening of its next regular session in the succeeding year. The President may, however, call special sessions which are usually held between regular legislative sessions to handle emergencies or urgent matters.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Article VI: THE LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT". Philippines Official Gazette. Archived from the original on 25 December 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. "The Legislative Branch". Philippines Official Gazette. Philippines Official Gazette. Archived from the original on 2 June 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2013.