REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

ORDINANCE NO. 17

REVISING EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 109, DATED DECEMBER 4, 1942, AS AMENDED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 156, DATED MAY 18, 1943, ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION TO BE KNOWN AS “KAPISANAN SA PAGLILINGKOD SA BAGONG PILIPINAS” (KALIBAPI).

There being an urgent necessity of revising the charter of the National Service Association, known as the “Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas,” in order to recognize and strengthen this Association as the people’s party called upon to effectively support the Government in its policies and render its help to better insure the attainment of the ideals and objectives of the Republic and pursuant to the authority conferred upon me by article III, section 14 of the Constitution, I, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, do hereby promulgate this Ordinance:

ARTICLE I

TITLE OF ORDINANCE

SECTION 1. This Ordinance shall be known as the “Charter of the Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas,” or the “Kalibapi Charter” for short.

ARTICLE II

ORGANIZATION AND POWERS

SEC. 2. There is hereby created and established a non-partisan political organization which shall be called “Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas” (Association for Service to the New Philippines). This Association may likewise be referred to as “Kalibapi.” It shall have its principal office in the City of Manila, Philippines.

SEC. 3. The Association shall have the power to receive real and personal property by gift, devise, or bequest, and to adopt a seal. It shall enjoy the general powers mentioned in the Corporation Law and shall be subject to the provisions thereof in so far as the same are compatible with the terms of this Ordinance; and for the attainment of its purpose, it may perform any act which a corporation, copartnership, or natural person may lawfully do under the laws now in force or which may hereafter be enacted.

Article III

PURPOSES

SEC. 4. The Association is organized for the following purposes:

(1) To uphold, maintain, defend and protect the Republic of the Philippines at all times;

(2) To adhere strictly to and effectively support the policies of the Republic of the Philippines and to work for the realization of its ideals, and to render such assistance to the Government as would bring about the rapid reconstruction of the Philippines and the rehabilitation of its people, for which purpose it shall strive (a) to secure the unification of the Filipino people by instilling in them the conviction that the permanent security, well-being and happiness of the Filipinos depend on the perpetuation of the independence and the preservation of the territorial integrity of the Philippines; and (b) to effect the return to normalcy through the speedy restoration of peace and order in all parts of the Philippines; and

(3) To assist the Filipino people in fully comprehending the significance of the basic principles of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, otherwise known as the Pacific Charter, so that the Philippines may properly fulfill its obligations and enjoy its rights as a worthy member thereof and thus contribute to the creation of a world order based on peace, liberty, and moral justice.

Article IV

MEMBERSHIP

SEC. 5. Any Filipino, not less than 21 years of age, who identifies himself with the ideals, aims, and purposes of the Association and who is of good standing in the community, may qualify as a member thereof: Provided, That the women members in any particular city, municipality or municipal district, upon proper petition duly approved and upon fulfillment of such requirements as may be laid down by the governing body of the Association, shall be organized into an auxiliary chapter to be known as the “Melchora Aquino Sisterhood.”

SEC. 6. Any qualified person who desires to join the Association may become a member by filing an application in accordance with the form to be prescribed for the purpose with the principal office or with the local chapter of the Association. Certificate of membership, shall be issued to each member duly signed and attested to by the proper officials of the Association.

SEC. 7. A member shall observe and obey all the principles enunciated herein or as may hereafter be promulgated by the proper authorities and shall, at all times, strive to work for the realization of the ideals, aims and purposes of the Association, subordinating himself and all his interests to the attainment thereof. He shall be entitled to participate in the general meetings of the Association, to seek the aid of the Association and all the members thereof in case of necessity, and to enjoy all such privileges as may be accorded him by virtue of his membership.

SEC. 8. Any member who shall commit any act or acts unworthy of a good Filipino, or antagonistic to the ideals, aims and purposes of the Association, or who in any way shall not follow strictly the principles prescribed in this Ordinance or any rules that may hereafter be promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Association, may be expelled therefrom and shall forfeit all rights and privileges inherent in membership therein.

The Executive Staff, either on its own initiative or upon the recommendation of the head of the corresponding local chapter, may, after due hearing, expel a member, but its decision is appealable to the President of the Association. It shall, subject to the approval of the President of the Association, determine the rules of procedure therefor.

ARTICLE V

OFFICERS AND CONSTITUENT BODIES

SEC. 9. The government of the affairs and the promotion of the ideals, aims, and purposes of the Association shall be entrusted to a President, Vice-President and Director-General, an Assistant Director-General, an Advisory Board, and an Executive Staff.

ARTICLE VI

THE PRESIDENT

SEC. 10. The President of the Republic of the Philippines shall ex officio be the President of the Association. He shall appoint the Vice-President and Director-General, the Assistant Director-General, the Directors-at-large, and the Chiefs of the bureaus or offices of the Association.

SEC. 11. The President of the Association shall have the power: (1) to lay down the policies of the Association with the advice the Advisory Board; (2) to initiate and adopt all measures necessary to carry out the ideals, aims, and purposes of the Association; (3) to exercise all powers pertaining to the business of the Association and to hold and control all property of the Association subject only to existing laws and this Ordinance; (4) to pass upon all reports submitted by the Executive Staff and all actions taken by the latter (5) to appoint such committees as he may deem necessary to study and report on certain matters submitted to him for consideration; (6) to approve the budget of the Association; (7) to make rules and regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance and the existing laws, and to enforce obedience thereto; (8) to approve the “plantilla” of the personnel of the Association; and (9) to exercise such other powers as may, according to this Ordinance and subsequent enactments, be properly exercised by him.

The President of the Association shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Advisory Board.

ARTICLE VII

VICE-PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL

SEC. 12. The Director-General shall be the Vice-President of the Association and shall be the head of the Executive Staff. He shall execute all the measures adopted and decisions rendered by the President of the Association. For this purpose, he shall have executive supervision and control over the bureaus and offices of the Association and shall be accountable for the exercise of such powers directly to the President of the Association. He shall fix the salaries and appoint the subordinate personnel of the Association in conformity with the approved budget and “plantilla”. In the absence of the President of the Association, the Vice-President and Director-General shall perform the duties of the former.

SEC. 13. The Vice-President and Director-General shall submit an annual report on the activities of the Association to the President thereof.

ARTICLE VIII

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL

SEC. 14. The Assistant Director-General shall assist the Director-General in the performance of his duties and the discharge of his responsibilities, and shall perform such other duties or functions as the President of the Association or the Vice-President and Director-General may assign to him. He shall assume and discharge the powers, duties and functions of the Director-General in the absence or temporary incapacity of the latter.

ARTICLE IX

ADVISORY BOARD

SEC. 15. The members of the Cabinet shall serve ex-officio in the Advisory Board of the President with the end in view of bringing about a better administration of the affairs of the Association through a closer cooperation and coordination of its activities with those of the Government.

SEC. 16. The Advisory Board shall be composed of the members of the Cabinet, the Vice-President and Director-General, the Assistant Director-General, the Directors-at-large, and the Chiefs of bureaus or offices of the Association.

SEC. 17. The meetings of the Advisory Board shall be presided over by the President of the Association and shall be held at his call in his office or at such other place as may be designated by him. When in Manila the Directors-at-large shall attend the meetings of the Advisory Board.

ARTICLE X

EXECUTIVE STAFF

SEC. 18. The Executive Staff shall be composed of the Vice-President and Director-General as head, and the Assistant Director-General, the Chiefs of Bureaus or offices, and the Directors-at-large, as members. When in Manila the Directors-at-large shall attend the meetings of the Executive Staff. The members of the Executive Staff shall assist the head in the discharge of the executive and administrative powers of the Association and shall be directly responsible to him.

ARTICLE XI

BUREAUS AND OFFICES

SEC. 19. There shall be a Bureau of General Affairs, a Bureau of Publicity, a Bureau of Local Branches and such other bureaus and offices as the President of the Association, after consultation with the Advisory Board, may subsequently establish.

SEC. 20. The Bureau of General Affairs shall take charge of the promotion of the ideals and the realization of the aims and purposes of the Association. It shall also look after the administrative affairs of the Association and, in addition, shall take care of its funds, assets, properties, personnel, records, and general financing.

SEC. 21. The Bureau of Publicity shall take charge of the dissemination of information on the ideals, aims and purposes of the Association and such essential information as every citizen should know concerning the Republic, the Government, the Association, and the role of the citizens in relation to them.

SEC 22. The Bureau of Local Branches shall take charge of the organization and coordination of the activities of the Association in the provinces, cities and municipalities.

SEC. 23. There shall be three Directors-at-large, one each for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, with permanent station in their respective territories. They shall assist the Vice-President and Director-General in the discharge of his executive and administrative functions, and take direct charge of the organization and activities of the Association and its chapters in their respective stations.

ARTICLE XII

AUDITOR

SEC. 24. The Auditor General shall ex-officio be the Auditor of the Association. His duties shall be to examine and inspect the books, records, and papers relating to the accounts of the Association, to make a careful check and audit of all its funds and properties, and to submit to the President of the Association, through the Vice-President and Director-General, the necessary reports regarding any anomalies or irregularities that may be noted in the examination, inspection, and audit of such accounts.

ARTICLE XIII

LOCAL CHAPTERS

SEC. 25. In each province, city, and municipality, there shall be organized local chapters of the Association with a view to carrying out within its jurisdiction the ideals, aims and purposes of the Association. The provincial governors and city or municipal mayors shall ex-officio be the heads of their respective local chapters. The city and municipal chapters may also organize branches in the districts, barrios, or sitios into which the city or municipality may be divided, and designate them as subsidiary groups. The particular duties and functions of local chapters as well as the governing bodies thereof shall be in. accordance with such rules and regulations as may be promulgated under the provisions of this Ordinance. At all times these local chapters shall be under the immediate supervision and control of the Central Office through the corresponding Director-at-large and none of their acts shall be valid if the same are contrary to any of the ideals, aims, purposes, or rules of the Association, or to any provision of this Ordi­nance or of subsequent amendments.

ARTICLE XIV

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MEMBERS

SEC. 26. There shall be a general assembly of members of the Association which shall be composed of two duly accredited representatives from each and every provincial or city chapter. It shall, whenever possible, meet once a year on the second Monday of January; but the Executive Staff may, subject to the approval of the President of the Association, postpone or dispense with any meeting of the general assembly of members.

SEC. 27. The general assembly of members may adopt such recommendation as may be necessary for the purpose of promoting the ideals, aims, and purposes of the Association.

ARTICLE XV

FUNDS OF THE ASSOCIATION

SEC. 28. The funds of the Association shall consist of the allotments which may be made by the Government, contributions by entities and persons interested in the ideals, aims and purposes of the Association, and other income which it may raise.

SEC. 29. The expenditure of the funds of the Association, including lump sum allotments, shall be made by and under the authority of the Vice-President and Director-General, in accordance with the budget approved by the President of the Association.

ARTICLE XVI

GENERAL PROVISIONS

SEC. 30. The Association shall use an emblem to symbolize the ideals for which the Association stands. Such emblem shall be in the form of a diamond with a white circle in the center of a red field. The emblem may be printed on the official correspondence of the Association.

SEC. 31. The Vice-President and Director-General shall, subject to the approval of the President of the Association, make the necessary transfer to, and adjustment of personnel, funds, equipment, materials, records and properties among the bureaus and offices of the Association provided in this Ordinance, as a result of the reorganization herein prescribed.

ARTICLE XVII

PENAL PROVISIONS

SEC. 32. From and after the promulgation of this Ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any Filipino or group of Filipinos to establish, organize, or form any association, union, or corporation which is similar in character or name to the Association herein established, and any violation of this provision shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand pesos or imprisonment of not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.

SEC. 33. Any person who shall falsely represent or induce others to believe himself as a member of, or an agent for, the Association, or who shall solicit, collect, or receive money, material, or property of any kind thereby pretending to be a member, agent, or representative of the Association, or who shall wear or display the name, emblem, or device of the Association, or any imitation thereof, for any fraudulent purpose, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred pesos w imprisonment of not more than six menus, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in discretion of the court.

ARTICLE XVIII

REPEAL OF PRIOR LAWS

SEC. 34. All laws, rules or orders, or parts thereof, as may be inconsistent with the provisions hereof, are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

ARTICLE XIX

EFFECTIVITY

SEC. 35. This Ordinance shall take effect on May 8, 1944.

Done in the City of Manila, this 1st day of May, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and forty-four, and of the Republic of the Philippines, the first.

(Sgd.) JOSE P. LAUREL
President of the Republic
of the Philippines

By the President:
(Sgd.) PEDRO SABIDO
Executive Secretary

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library