Instruction No. 5

INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EMPLOYMENT
OFFICE

February 22, 1942

Mr. CLARO M. RECTO
Commissioner of Education, Health and
Public Welfare
Manila

In order to help the unemployed to get jobs, an employment office must be established as soon as possible according to the following:

1. The district: Within the boundary of Greater Manila.

2. The organization: The office must be established in Greater Manila under the direct supervision of the Education, Health and Public Welfare Department.

3. The function: The office must take charge of the registration of the unemployed according to their reports, and help them to find jobs by accepting the applications for laborers from enterprisers, public or private.

4. The wages:

(1) The standard:

(a) General Laborers—    
Man Daily wages ₱0.80
Woman Daily wages 0.60
(b) Carpenter, plumber or artisan Daily wages from ₱1.50 to ₱1.70
(c) Skilled mechanic Daily wages ₱2.00

The above-mentioned are the standard wages of eight-hour labor in Greater Manila, and for every one hour overtime ₱0.10 additional must be paid. Outside of Greater Manila the wages must be 80 per cent of those in Greater Manila.

(2) The method of the enforcement of the preceding wages:

The preceding standard of wages shall be applied to the laborers who are employed through the agency of the office. This must be done under the guidance of the office, but not by any laws or regulations.

5. The existing labor acts (for instance, the eight-hour law) shall not be available any more.

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION, MANILA

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library