Add TAGS to your laws to easily locate them or to build your SYLLABUS.
Please SIGN IN to use this feature.
https://lawyerly.ph/laws/view/l3346
[Act No. 1954, (1909-05-20)](https://lawyerly.ph/laws/view/l3346)
{law:l3346}
Highlight important law provisions.
Please SIGN IN to use this feature.

[ Act No. 1954, May 20, 1909 ]

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUE OF BONDS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS TO THE AMOUNT OF ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS, GOLD COIN OF THE UNITED STATES OF THE PRESENT STANDARD VALUE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FUNDS FOR CERTAIN PUBLIC WORKS AND PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION TWO OF ACT OF CONGRESS ENTITLED "AN ACT TO AMEND AN ACT APPROVED JULY FIRST, NINETEEN HUNDRED AND TWO, ENTITLED 'AN ACT TEMPORARILY TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE AFFAIRS OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES,' AND TO AMEND AN ACT APPROVED MARCH EIGHTH, NINETEEN HUNDRED AND TWO, ENTITLED 'AN ACT TEMPORARILY TO PROVIDE REVENUE FOR THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES,' AND TO AMEND AN ACT APPROVED MARCH SECOND, NINETEEN HUNDRED AND THREE, ENTITLED 'AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A STANDARD OF VALUE AND TO PROVIDE FOR A COINAGE SYSTEM IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS,' AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE MORE EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES." APPROVED FEBRUARY SIXTH, NINETEEN HUNDRED AND FIVE; REPEALING A PORTION OF SECTION ONE OF ACT NUMBERED SIXTEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-EIGHT AND A PORTION OF SECTION ONE OF ACT NUMBERED SEVENTEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY AND A PORTION OF SECTION °NE OF ACT NUMBERED EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SEVEN, APPROPRIATING FOR CERTAIN PUBLIC WORKS AND PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS OUT OF BOND ISSUE, AUTHORIZING THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL TO SUSPEND FOR A TERM NOT TO EXCEED THREE YEARS ALL ACCRETIONS TO SAID BOND SINKING FUND AND THE APPROPRIATIONS MADE THEREFOR, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CERTAIN PUBLIC WORKS AND PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

By authority of the United Slates, be it enacted by the Philippine Legislature, that:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to the provisions of section two of the Act of Congress entitled "An Ad to amend an Act approved July first, nineteen hundred and two. entitled 'An Act temporarily to provide for the administration of the affairs of civil government in the Philippine Island?, and for other purposes,' and to amend an Act approved March eighth, nineteen hundred and two, entitled 'An Act temporarily to provide revenue for the Philippine Islands, and for other purposes.' and to amend an Act approved March second, nineteen hundred and three, entitled 'An Act to establish a standard of value and to provide for a coinage system in the Philippine Islands/ and to provide for the more efficient administration of civil government in Hie Philippine Islands, and for other purposes," approved February sixth, nineteen hundred and the Secretary of War is hereby authorized to issue, in the name and on behalf of the Government of the Philippine Islands, its bonds to the amount of. one million five hundred thousand dollars, gold coin of the United States of the present standard.  The bonds thus authorized to be issued shall be dated rate of interest.  August first, nineteen hundred and nine; shall bear interest at the rate of four per centum per annum, payable quarterly; shall be redeemable at the pleasure of the Government of the Philippine Islands after ten years, and payable thirty years after date.  Both principal and interest shall he payable in gold coin of the United States at the Treasury of the United States. The said bonds shall be in registered form in denominations of one thousand dollars, and ten thousand dollars, in proportion to suit the purchaser or purchasers thereof, and shall he registered and transferable at the office of the Register of the Treasury Department of the United  States, Washington, District of Columbia. The said bonds being of the class expressly exempted in and by section one of said Act of Congress from the payment of all taxation by the Government of the United States, or by the Government of the Philippine Islands or of any political or municipal subdivision thereof, or by any State, or by any county, municipality or other municipal subdivision of any State or Territory of the United States, or by statement on face the District of Columbia, such exemption shall be stated upon their face,

SEC. 2. The Secretary of War is further authorized to sell said bonds on such terms as are most favorable to the Government of the Philippine Islands, and he shall deposit the proceeds of such sale or sales with the Guaranty Trust Company of New York, an authorized depository of the Government of the Philippine Islands, to the credit of the Treasurer of the Philippine Islands: Provided, That no bond or bonds shall he sold at less than par value in gold coin of the United States.

SEC. 3. The Secretary of War shall report, to the Auditor and to the Treasurer of the  Philippine Islands the amount of said bonds so issued and sold by him, together with the numbers and denominations thereof, the amount, realized from such sale or sales and the date or dates of such deposit or deposits, and the same shall be made a matter of record in the office of the Auditor and
of the Treasurer of the Philippine Islands.

SEC. 4. Section one of Act Numbered Sixteen hundred and  eighty-eight, entitled "An Act making appropriations for certain public works, permanent improvements, and other purposes of the Insular Government," in so far only as the appropriations of seven hundred and eighty thousand pesos for the construction of a general hospital at Manila, one hundred thousand pesos for the construction of Constabulary barracks and quarters to be allotted by the Secretary of Commerce and Police, three hundred and fifty thousand pesos for the construction of permanent Government storehouses for tin- Buireau of Supply at Manila, and two hundred and fifty thousand pesos for the construction of necessary buildings for the Philippine   Medical   School,   and   section  one  of  Act  Numbered  Seventeen hundred and fiffty, entitled "An Act making appropriation Id reimburse the government of the city of Manila on account of expend  ares made in the reconstruction of walls along 'the banks of the Pasig River below the Ayala Bridge," in so far only as the appropriation of the sum of two hundred thousand pesos, this being part of the appropriation therein made for the purposes of said Act, and section one of Act Numbered eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, entitled "An Act making appropriations for certain public works and permanent improvements, and for other purposes," in so far only as to appropriations of one hundred thousand pesos tor the purpose of preparing for the construction of a public building for the use of the Chief Executive, the Philippine Legislature, and the Supreme Court of the Philippines, five hundred thousand pesos for the construction and restoration of irrigation plant and systems, ten thousand pesos for the improvement of the lands of the Government around Sibul Springs, one hundred and fifty thousand pesos for the drilling of artesian wells, thirty thousand pesos for the construction of additional wards for contagious diseases at San Lazaro, eighty-five thousand pesos for the construction and equipment of a quarantine station for animals in the city of Manila, eighteen thousand pesos for the construction of a forage plant and the installation of an artesian well for the Bureau of Agriculture, eleven thousand pesos for additions to the Benguet, Sanitarium, two hundred thousand pesos for the construction of a building for the customs and arrastre system in the capital of Cebu, sixty thousand pesos for a fourth order light on Suluan Island, forty-six thousand pesos being a part of the appropriation for the extension of the river wall on the south bank of the Pasig River and one hundred and ten thousand pesos for the construction of additional river wall and the widening of Muelle Loney at lloilo are hereby repealed: Provided, That the Auditor and Treasurer of the Philippine Islands are hereby authorized and directed, respectively, to audit and disburse out of all unexpended moneys so heretofore appropriated such sum or sums as shall be necessary to carry on and pay the expense necessary to the execution of said projects under any existing contracts therefor until the proceeds of the sale of the bonds as hereinbefore provided shall have been so deposited as aforesaid, immediately whereupon said Auditor and said Treasurer are hereby enjoined and directed to credit, reimburse, and transfer to said appropriations from said deposit such and all sums of money as may have been theretofore so audited and disbursed in carrying on and paying for said construction and all of each thereof, and for the construction and purposes mentioned in this section there is hereby appropriated  the proceeds of the bond issue authorized by this Act the  of three million pesos.

SEC. 5. Commencing with the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, appropriation on nineteen hundred and ten, and each succeeding year thereafter until said bonds shall have been paid, there is hereby made a continuing annual appropriation, authorized to bo paid out of any funds in the Insular Treasury not otherwise appropriated, of such sum as may be necessary to meet the annual interest payments upon the bonds issued in accordance with ibis Act.

SEC. 6.  Commencing with the ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and eleven, and each succeeding year thereafter until said bonds shall  been paid, there is hereby made a continuing annual appropriation, authorized to be paid out of any funds in the Insular Treasury not otherwise appropriated, of nineteen thousand four hundred dollars, gold coin of the United States of the present standard value, for each one million dollars, and proportionally for each fraction thereof, of bonds issued in accordance with this Act.   Said  sum  so appropriated  and the interest thereon shall be invested by the Insular Treasurer in such manner as may be approved by the Governor-General, and shall constitute a sinking fund for the payment of said bonds: Provided, however, That whenever in the judgment of the Governor-General the public interests so require he may by order suspend for a term of not to exceed three years all accretions to said sinking fund and the appropriations hereby made therefor: And provided further, That whenever in the judgment of the Governor-General the public interests so require he may by order suspend for a term of three years all accretions to the sinking funds heretofore created for the. retirement of the bonds issued by virtue of Acts Numbered Thirteen hundred and one, Fourteen hundred and forty-four, or One thousand and thirty-four, except, however, that such order shall not suspend accretions to the sinking fund for the retirement of the bonds issued under said last mentioned Act as are required to be made by section twenty-three of Act Numbered Eleven hundred and twenty or by any Act of the Congress of the United States of America.

SEC. 7. The following sums, or the part thereof which may be necessary, are hereby appropriated, out of any of the general funds in the Insular Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for certain public works and permanent improvements, and for other purposes of the Insular Government:
BUREAU  OF  AGRICULTURE.

There is hereby created a permanent reimbursable appropriation which shall be designated "Forage supply fund." There shall be  payable from this-appropriation all expenses incident to the maintenance, operation, and improvement of the forage manufacturing plant, the purchase and installation of which was authorized and provided for by Act Numbered Eighteen hundred and seventy-three; and there shall be deposited to the credit of this appropriation all moneys received on account of forage sold and for other services and supplies incidental to the purposes of the undertaking. The operation of the forage plant, together with the receipt and  disbursement of funds pertaining to this appropriation, shall pertain to the Bureau of Agriculture. The employment of services, the purchase of supplies, and such other questions as may arise in connection with the administration of this undertaking which are not otherwise provided for by law shall be determined by the Director of Agriculture under the direction, of the Secretary of the Interior. To furnish the necessary funds for the prompt settlement of obligations notwithstanding delays necessarily incident to collection of funds which will accrue to this appropriation, there is hereby appropriated the sum of fifty thousand pesos.

There is hereby created a permanent reimbursable appropriation " which shall he designated "Cattle quarantine stations fund." There  shall be payable from this appropriation all expenses incident to the care and maintenance of cattle held at cattle quarantine stations under the control of the "Bureau of Agriculture; and there shall be  in the credit of this appropriation all moneys received   of the care and maintenance of cattle so held at such station. To furnish the necessary funds for the prompt settlement of obligations notwithstanding delays necessarily incident to collection of funds which will accrue to this appropriation, there is hereby appropriated the sum of twenty thousand pesos.

There is hereby created a permanent reimbursable appropriation which shall be designated "The plow fund," the purpose of which shall be to enable the Bureau of Agriculture to plow and harrow lands for persons desiring such service, and by a practical demonstration to familiarize agriculturists with the advantages accruing from the substitution of motor for animal power in field work. There shall be payable from this appropriation all expenses incident to the purchase, maintenance, and operation of steam, petroleum, or other motor plows and harrows as contemplated for the purposes aforementioned : and there shall be deposited to the credit of this appropriation all funds received on account of services rendered. To furnish the necessary funds for the prompt settlement of obligations notwithstanding delays necessarily incident to collection of funds which will accrue to this appropriation, there is hereby appropriated the sum of thirty thousand pesos. Total tor the Bureau of Agriculture, one hundred thousand pesos.

BUREAU  OF  LANDS.

For the purchase of a tract of laud, said to contain a superficial area of two thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight and ninety-six hundredths square meters, lying south of the projected Calle Ayala and west of Calle Carlos IV, near the present City Hall of Manila, and included in the section reserved under the Burnham Plan for public buildings and parks and forming part of the present layout of the proposed educational center, eight thousand one hundred and sixty pesos.

BUREAU  OF  PUBLIC  WORKS.

For the construction, improvement, and, where necessary, maintenance of roads and bridges in those provinces which shall accept the provisions of Act Numbered Sixteen hundred and fifty-two, or which shall be subject to the annual road and public works tax imposed by Act Numbered Thirteen hundred and ninety-six, and which shall by resolution of the provincial board guarantee by continuing animal appropriations the establishment of such conservation system as may be necessary in the judgment of the Director of Public Works on all first-class roads now or hereafter constructed and declared to be such by the Director of Public Works, to be allotted in the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce and Police, one million two hundred thousand pesos: Provided, That with the prior approval of the Secretary of Commerce and Police not more than one hundred thousand pesos of the above sum may be used to assist provinces which have appropriated money from provincial funds to help in the construction of important roads in their respective provinces.

On recommendation of the Secretary of Commerce and Police and the Director of Public Works, the Governor-General may direct that not more than fifty per centum of the road and bridge fund of any province shall be used in the improvement of waterways and the construction of wharves.

For construction and repair of interior roads on friar lands estates, twenty thousand pesos.

For drilling of artesian wells in the provinces, including cost of new equipment and pumping plants where necessary, to be allotted by the Secretary of Commerce and Police, fifty-two thousand five hundred pesos.

For construction of a building for silk culture. Bureau of Science, two thousand nine hundred pesos.

For the construction of buildings at, the Alabang station of the Bureau of Agriculture, as follows:
One reenforced concrete warehouse to receive freight, and so forth;
Twenty light material houses for laborers;
One hog shed;
One combined pump house, feed mill, and storeroom;
One machinery shed for steam plows and other heavy farm machinery;
Eighteen thousand pesos.
For construction of buildings, fences, and so forth, at the tobacco experimental station at Ilagan, Isabela, six thousand pesos.

For improvements and additions to the San Lazaro inoculating station, ten thousand seven hundred pesos.

For steam and hot-water piping for the Medical College buildings and the General Hospital, thirty thousand five hundred pesos.

Total for Bureau of Public Works, one million three hundred and forty thousand six hundred pesos.

BUREAU  OF  HEALTH.

For equipment for General Hospital, one hundred thousand pesos.

BUREAU  OF  NAVIGATION.

For the purchase and equipment of a cableship, for service in connection with the up-keep of cables of the Bureau of Posts and for other work, two hundred thousand pesos.

For the improvement of existing lights; for the substitution of iron and concrete towers for the present wooden ones, and of permanent concrete houses for nipa ones: for the conversion of hexagonal and octagonal lanterns into cylindrical ones by the substitution of curved panes; for the purchase and establishment of buoys and appurtenances, and for the purchase of materials for and the construction of beacons; and for the purchase and installation of minor lights, forty thousand pesos.

For the construction of a small wharf and storage sheds at Balabac and for restoring the custom-house building at that point, four thousand six hundred pesos.

For a boat for the Province of Batanes, ten thousand pesos.

Total for the Bureau of Navigation, two hundred and fifty-four thousand six hundred pesos.

BUREAU  OF  POSTS.

For the construction of new telegraph lines and for the purchase of post-office boxes and cabinets, additional street letter boxes, telegraph instruments, typewriters, office furniture, safes, and other fixtures, fifty thousand pesos.

BUREAU  OF  PRISONS.


For the construction of two new reenforced concrete buildings at Bilibid Prison to replace two old unserviceable pavilions, twenty thousand live hundred pesos.

For reconstruction of pavilion number nine at Bilibid Prison, six thousand four hundred pesos.

For gravel top dressing for prison grounds, six thousand pesos.

IWAHIG  PENAL  COLONY.

For power plant, agricultural machinery, and sawmill, fifteen thousand one hundred  pesos.

For permanent quarters and warehouses, twenty-four thousand pesos.

For the purchase of new water transportation and replacing water transportation destroyed by floods, six thousand nine hundred pesos.

For the purchase of work cattle for the Iwahig penal colony, four thousand five hundred pesos.

Total for the Bureau of Prisons, eighty-three thousand four hundred pesos.

PROVINCE  OF  PALAWAN.

For the purchase and installation of a forty-five horse-power motor in the boat belonging to the provincial government of Palawan: Provided, That "the proceeds of the sale of the twenty-two horse-power motor now in use shall be available on this account, foui1 thousand pesos.

SEC. 8. The following sums or the part thereof which may be Appropriation. necessary are hereby appropriated, out of any of the general funds in the Insular Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for certain public works and permanent improvements and for other purposes of the Insular Government: Provided, That no expenditure shall be made or obligation incurred under this section without the prior approval of the Governor-General.
BUREAU  OF  PUBLIC  WORKS.

For drilling of artesian wells, including the cost of new equipment and pumping plants whore necessary, to be allotted by the Secretary of Commerce and Police, one hundred and five thousand pesos.

For the. improvement of Baguio town site and the construction streets and buildings, twenty-six thousand seven hundred pesos.

For the continuation of public improvements at Sibul Springs, twenty-six thousand seven hundred pesos.

For the construction and equipment of an addition to the Government laboratory eminent laboratory of the Bureau of Science, one hundred and five thousand pesos.

For the construction of a building for a Philippine Normal School in the city of Manila: Provided, That the funds appropriated under Act Numbered Thirteen hundred and' forty-two for the construction of a domestic science building for the Normal School at Manila, twenty-eight thousand pesos; for a model  school for the Normal School in Manila, twelve thousand pesos: and for the construction and equipment of a cosmopolitan school building at Manila, twenty thousand pesos; total sixty thousand pesos; be and the same are hereby also made available for this project in lieu of the purposes for which appropriated, one hundred and eighty-nine thousand pesos.

For the construction and surfacing of roads and the construction and repair of culverts and buildings at Alabang, six thousand pesos.

For improvements at the Manila cattle quarantine station, including the construction of necessary offices and storerooms, additional cattle sheds, employees quarters, ferry connecting Uli-Uli with station, maladero, fences,  improving old residence, and so forth, one hundred and fifty-two thousand two hundred pesos.

For the addition of one unit to the power plant of the Bureau of Science in order to supply light  and power for the General Hospital and Medical College buildings, thirty-five thousand pesos.

For construction of a new laundry at the San Lazaro Hospital, thirty-two thousand pesos.

For construction of gas plant at the General Hospital, eighteen thousand pesos.

Total for Bureau of Public Works, six hundred and ninety-five thousand six hundred pesos.

BUREAU  OF  NAVIGATION.

To improve ports, dredge navigable rivers and canals, construction of embankments, dikes, and retaining walls to prevent inundations including the continuation of the work on the wharf of the Port of Iloilo.   Port of Cebu up to the northern section of the city, the improvement of the port of lloilo. the improvement and maintenance of navigation in the Cagavan  river, the dredging of the Loay and other rivers, six hundred thousand pesos, which shall be distributed in the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce and Police.

BUREAU  OF  CUSTOMS.

For the purchase or construction of two fast gasoline launches, forty thousand pesos.

For the purchase or construction of one harbor launch for use by the Bureau of Customs at Manila, twenty thousand pesos.

Total for Bureau of Customs, sixty thousand pesos.

BUREAU  OF  PRISONS.

For four isolation cells, three thousand pesos.

BUREAU  OF  EDUCATION.

For the assistance of municipal governments in the construction of buildings for central schools, subject to allotment by the Secretary of Public Instruction, one hundred thousand pesos.

Total appropriation for public works and permanent improvements under sections seven and eight of this Act, three million three hundred and ninety-nine thousand three hundred and sixty pesos.

Whenever, in the judgment of the Governor-General, the public interest so requires, he may by order direct that any unexpended balance from the moneys received from the sale of public improvement bonds be used to pay for any part of the public works or permanent improvements mentioned in this Act.

SEC. 9. The unexpended balance remaining from the appropriation for permanent improvements of Bilibid Prison, Act Numbered Thirteen hundred and forty-two, is hereby made available for the and equipment of the hospital at Bilibid Prison now in process of construction.

SEC. 10. All balances remaining unexpended when any public works or permanent improvements appropriated for by this Act are completed shall be returned at once to the Insular Treasury and available for withdrawal or disbursement thereafter, carried to the general revenues of the Islands.

SEC. 11. This Act shall take effect upon its passage,  except section one, two, three. four. five, and six, which shall take effect upon the approval thereof by the President of the United States in accordance with section two of the Act of Congress of February sixth, nineteen hundred and five: Provided, That the appropriations authorized by sections seven and eight of this Act shall not be available until July first, nineteen hundred and nine.

Enacted, May 20, 1909.

tags