Washington Law Review


The first view of administrative law and the administrative process in the Philippines is a familiar one to an American lawyer. Even the names of important agencies are the same as, or very similar to, the names of important agencies of the United States government. Thus, there is a Securities and Exchange Commission, a Civil Aeronautics Administration, a Philippine Patent Office, a Food and Drug Administration, a Bureau of Internal Revenue, a Bureau of Immigration, and a Bureau of Customs. Some departmental names are also familiar: Justice, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Commerce and Industry, and Labor. And, though many of the some 200 other bureaus, offices, commissions, etc. of the executive branch of the Philippine government have exotic names, an American lawyer recognizes in their number a proliferation of agencies similar to that which has occurred in the United States in response to demands for increased governmental regulation and services.

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