REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 10

CALLING UPON THE STUDENTS OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING, THE MEMBERS OF THE KALIBAPI, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS AND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, AND OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE COMMUNITY TO ACTIVELY ASSIST IN CARRYING OUT THE CAMPAIGN OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR GREATER FOOD PRODUCTION.

WHEREAS, in view of the present emergency and for the purpose of taking immediate steps to insure the production of an adequate food supply for the needs of the country, the President of the Republic of the Philippines promulgated on November 20, 1943, Ordinance No. 2 requiring, among others, the owners of all vacant or idle urban lands to plant or cause said lands to be planted to food crops;

WHEREAS, in order to supplement the provisions of said Ordinance No. 2, the President of the Republic of the Philippines issued on December 2, 1943, Administrative Order No. 9 authorizing the planting of public plazas, yards, grounds and sidewalk parking to vegetables and other food crops;

WHEREAS, with a view to accelerating the current food production campaign of the Government, the active assistance and cooperation of not only the farmers but of all elements of the country as well is deemed essential, and certain organizations, like the KALIBAPI, the neighborhood associations, those associations organized for civic purposes and religious bodies can be of great utility to the Government for the effective prosecution of such campaign; and

WHEREAS, the services of the children in public and private schools and students in other institutions of learning should also be enlisted in the present campaign in order to arouse farm consciousness among them and stimulate their interest in agricultural pursuits;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, pursuant to the authority in me vested by law, do hereby call upon all our people, as well as upon all residents in our country who share with us the benefits that we enjoy today under the Republic of the Philippines, to contribute their share in the realization of the government program for increased food production by helping in the cultivation of all available vacant lands within their respective communities. I make a special appeal to the students in the public and private institutions of learning, to all the members of the KALIBAPI, to the members of neighborhood associations, to all those affiliated with civic associations, such as the National Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Catholic Women’s League, the Young Women’s Christian Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Young Men’s Christian Association, and other organizations engaged in social and community welfare work, and to the members of religious bodies and organizations, to actively assist in carrying out the present campaign of the Government for greater food production in the following manner:

(a) The members of the KALIBAPI, neighborhood associations, and civic and religious organizations may set aside certain day or days of the week in which they may devote their time exclusively to the planting of vegetables and other food crops on the lands owned or held by them in compliance with section 7 of Ordinance No. 2; and if they do not own such lands, they may make the necessary arrangements with the owners thereof through their City or Municipal Mayors or apply for the cultivation of public plazas, grounds, yards and sidewalk parking as community or individual gardens under the conditions provided in Administrative Order No. 9;

(b) In the case of students in public and private institutions of learning, they shall also s devote certain hours of such days as may be fixed by the school authorities to the planting of vegetables and other food crops on lands within the school premises or on other vacant lands available for the purpose. The head of the school or college concerned shall so arrange the school hours as to enable the students organized into groups to work by shifts in order e not to interfere with the hours assigned for their studies. The Minister of Education, Health and Public Welfare shall determine t from time to time in what regions of the Philippines this proclamation shall be enforced in so far as it affects the public and private institutions of learning.

The Director of Plant Industry, through the provincial agronomists or other food production agents, and the city and municipal mayors are hereby enjoined to render all possible assistance to the persons or entities appealed to in this proclamation for the successful carrying out of the program of the Government to increase food production.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 3rd day of January, 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
Acting Executive Secretary

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library