ORDER NO. 4

ORDER CONCERNING THE REOPENING OF

POSTAL ADMINISTRATION IN THE

PHILIPPINES

February 21, 1942

Mr. JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission
of the Philippines
Manila

Postal administration (mails, postal money order and postal savings bank) should be governed, for the time being, in accordance with the following rules:

1. The management of the postal administration shall be so directed as to comply with those requirements necessary for the military operation of the Imperial Japanese Forces, for the restoration of peace and order, for the stabilization of civilian livelihood and for establishing the ways and means for the full exploitation of important natural resources.

2. The former system of postal administration is to be continued in principle, with a certain degree of modification to meet with the actual situation.

3. The Imperial Japanese Forces may, if necessary, appoint superintendents and attach them to appropriate offices.

4. A system of censorship should be established in certain post offices under the guidance of the Japanese Military Police, and all postal matters should in principle be subjected to censorship.

5. Postal charges as well as rates of interest on postal savings shall be, for the time being, same as hitherto.

6. Before reopening the services of postal money order and the savings bank, necessary preparations such as setting a limit in the amount of money to be withdrawn, shall be made in order to smoothly carry out the work.

7. As to the details which are necessary for handling the postal administration, they shall be notified separately.

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE
IMPERIAL JAPANESE FORCES IN THE
PHILIPPINES

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library