Instruction No. 4

REOPENING OF THE PHILIPPINE POSTAL
ADMINISTRATION

February 21, 1942

Hon. JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission
SIR

I wish to advise you that I have instructed the Commissioner of Public Works and Communications regarding the reopening of the Philippine Postal Administration, of which a copy is hereto attached.

Respectfully,

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE MILITARY
ADMINISTRATION

INSTRUCTION NO. 4

INSTRUCTION CONCERNING THE REOPENING OF POSTAL ADMINISTRATION IN THE PHILIPPINES.

February 21, 1942

To Mr. QUINTIN PAREDES
Commissioner of Department of Public Works and Communications

The Executive Commission of the Philippines

In connection with the order given by the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces to the Chairman of the Executive Commission regarding the subject above-mentioned, you are hereby instructed to handle the postal administration for the time being in compliance with the following rules:

1. Postal matter to be handled shall be limited to those kinds mentioned hereunder. It is, however, to be noted that such restriction shall be gradually removed.

(a) Letters.
(b) Post cards.
(c) Newspapers, the publication of which is authorized by the Imperial Japanese Forces.
(d) Printed matters for publicity purpose, sent by the Imperial Japanese Forces, by the Government offices of the Philippines, and by those who have obtained necessary permissions from the Imperial Japanese Forces.
(e) Postal money order, excluding any telegraphic money order.

2. Regulations on postal matters.

(a) Writing of names and addresses of senders to be obligatory. Addresses and names of both senders and addressees shall be written clearly on letters as well as on post cards.

(b) Restriction of languages.

For efficient censorship, the languages to be used shall be limited for the time being to Japanese, Tagalog, English and Spanish only.

(c) Restriction on the use of codes, argots, etc. No secret methods of communication such as using codewords, argots, etc., shall be allowed for postal matters.

(d) Postal matters not complying with the foregoing rules should be confiscated.

(e) In order to avoid any difficulty in the handling of the postal money order and banking services necessary restrictions shall be provided for as to the amount of money to be paid for the orders issued prior to the date of the reopening of postal administration, and also as to the amount of money to be withdrawn from the deposits made before the said date.

3. Postage stamps.

Former Philippine stamps with certain additional printing shall be used for postal matters.

4. Reopening of post offices in Greater Manila.

Post offices located in Greater Manila shall first be reopened for public service; and gradually the sphere for postal services shall be extended to the provinces.

5. Liquidation of postal matters undelivered.

(a) Registered mails and official mails shall, after being censored, be forwarded to addressees or sent back to senders, as far as possible. Other mails shall be kept in the post offices.

(b) Parcels shall, after their contents have been inspected, be treated in the same manner as above.

(c) Mails to foreign countries, which do not come under the preceding two items, should undergo censorship and, if necessary, they shall be destroyed in the presence of representative of the Imperial Japanese Forces.

(d) Other postal matters undelivered should be destroyed at respective post offices in the presence of representative of the Imperial Japanese Forces.

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE JAPANESE
MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library