REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

ORDINANCE NO. 3

CREATING THE POSITIONS OF COMMISSIONER FOR THE VISAYAS AND COMMISSIONER FOR MINDANAO AND SULU.

There being an urgent necessity for the immediate exercise of closer supervision and administrative control of all government offices and instrumentalities throughout the whole Philippines in order to cope effectively with the various problems of government, particularly the need for increasing the production of food and the maintenance of peace and order, I, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, pursuant to the authority conferred upon me by Article III, section 14, of the Constitution, do hereby promulgate this Ordinance:

SECTION 1. There is hereby created the position of Commissioner for the Visayas and that of Commissioner for Mindanao and Sulu, with the same rank and salaries as those of Vice-Ministers of State.

SEC. 2. The Commissioner for the Visayas and the Commissioner for Mindanao and Sulu shall be the representatives of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines in the Visayan Islands and in Mindanao and Sulu, respectively, and shall be recognized as such by the officials and employees of the various offices, instrumentalities and agencies of the Government in those regions. For this purpose, the Commissioner for the Visayas and the Commissioner for Mindanao and Sulu shall exercise general supervision and administrative control over the governments of the provinces, cities and municipalities located in the Visayan Islands and in Mindanao and Sulu, respectively, and shall perform such duties and functions as may be assigned to them by the President of the Republic of the Philippines or by any Minister of State and such as may be imposed upon them by law in the administration of said provinces, cities and municipalities.

SEC. 3. The power of executive supervision and administrative control of the various Ministers over the functions, activities and personnel of the bureaus and offices falling under their respective jurisdictions in the Visayan Islands and in Mindanao and Sulu shall be exercised by them through the corresponding Commissioners thereof.

SEC. 4. Besides the powers granted to them under the next two preceding sections, the Commissioners are hereby charged with the express duty of directing the food production and the pacification campaigns of the Government in the provinces and cities within their respective jurisdictions.

SEC. 5. The officials and employees of the various Ministries of the Republic of the Philippines stationed in the Visayan Islands and in Mindanao and Sulu may, in addition to their actual duties, be detailed to perform such other duties as may be assigned to them by the Commissioner concerned and necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Ordinance.

SEC. 6. The seats of offices of the Commissioners shall be at such places in the Visayan Islands and in Mindanao and Sulu as may be designated by the President of the Republic of the Philippines according to the requirements and exigencies of the service.

SEC. 7. The Commissioners shall from time to time or as often as may be required submit a report of their activities to the President through the Minister or Ministers concerned.

SEC. 8. This Ordinance shall take effect as of December 21, 1943.

Done in the City of Manila, this 3rd day of February, 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