About this website
The Official Gazette is the official journal of the Republic of the Philippines.
This website is the online version of the print edition of the Official Gazette, which was created by decree of Act No. 453, “An Act providing for the publication by the Insular Government of an Official Gazette, under the general direction of the Department of Public Instruction.” It was enacted by the Philippine Commission on September 2, 1902, by authority of the United States of America. Volume 1, No. 1 came out on September 10, 1902.
Commonwealth Act No. 638, “An Act to provide for the uniform publication and distribution of the Official Gazette,” was passed by the Third Session of the Second National Assembly on May 22, 1941, and subsequently approved by President Manuel L. Quezon on June 10, 1941. Section 1 of the act states that the following shall be published in the Official Gazette:
- all important legislative acts and resolutions of a public nature of the Congress of the Philippines;
- all executive and administrative orders and proclamations, except such as have no general applicability;
- decisions or abstracts of decisions of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals as may be deemed by said courts of sufficient importance to be so published;
- such documents or classes of documents as may be required so to be published by law; and
- such documents or classes of documents as the President of the Philippines shall determine from time to time to have general applicability and legal effect, or which he may authorize so to be published: Provided, That for the purpose of this section every order or document which shall prescribe a penalty shall be deemed to have general applicability and legal effect: And provided, further, That the term “document” as used in this section shall include any order, regulation, rule, certificate, license, notice, or similar instrument issued, prescribed, or promulgated by any executive department, bureau, office, commission, independent board, agency, or instrumentality of the administrative branch of the Government, but not the legislative or judicial branch of the Government.”
In 2010, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed Executive Order No. 4 in keeping with “the avowed policy of this administration to ensure transparency and full and appropriate disclosure of policies, programs, official activities, and achievement of the Office of the President and Executive which are of public concern.” EO 4 created the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), which is charged with editorial responsibilities over the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines.
Adopting the the URL www.gov.ph, the Official Gazette went live on July 26, 2010, the day of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s first State of the Nation Address. It has since been updated regularly with speeches, reports, statements, press releases, and documents from the Office of the President and other departments of the Philippine government.
The Official Gazette follows precedents established since 1935, both in the Official Gazette itself, and in the Messages of the President series—the official papers compiled into volumes under the Quezon, Roxas, and Quirino administrations—to:
- Chronicle the activities of the presidents, which serves as the official history of each administration (continued on a bimonthly basis in the Malacañang Journal during the Aquino administration; thereafter, under Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo, done through daily press releases):
- Publish the official versions of speeches and statements of the Presidents under the category of Historical Papers and Documents:
The Official Gazette also serves as the national government portal, further to the directive of the President. In this capacity, we publish timely anouncements, government advisories and information about government services, policies, programs, and projects.
Please note that the posting of laws and issuances in this website is for information dissemination. The effectivity of laws, regulations, and issuances start 15 days, unless otherwise provided in the document, after their publication in the Official Gazette print version or in two newspapers of general circulation as mandated by the Administrative Code of 1987 and Executive Order No. 200, s. 1987. Inquiries regarding publication in, subscription to, circulation, and claims may be forwarded to the National Printing Office.