REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 17

CALLING UPON ALL INHABITANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES TO PERFORM MANUAL LABOR ON LABOR DAY.

WHEREAS, the first Saturday of May of each year has been declared as Labor Day and made a legal holiday by Act No. 12 of the National Assembly of the Republic of the Philippines;

WHEREAS, the primordial object of the Government in observing Labor Day is to lay special emphasis on the importance and dignity of labor and to focus the attention of our laborers to their great responsibility in the present task of rehabilitation and reconstruction; and

WHEREAS, the significance of Labor Day may be better inculcated in our people if it is observed in a positive and palpable manner calculated to imbue the nation with the proper meaning and spirit of the Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, do hereby call upon our people, as well as upon all residents in our country who share with us the blessings that we enjoy today under the Republic of the Philippines, to observe Labor Day by devoting as much time as they could spare on May 6, 1944, to the actual performance of useful or productive manual labor.

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 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