REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 14

CREATING A MEDICINAL PLANTS COMMITTEE

WHEREAS, it is announced intention of my administration to make the Philippines self-sufficient as much as possible in the production and manufacture of medicinal drugs and preparations not only as a temporary expedient because of the disruption of our overseas trade but as a permanent national policy;

WHEREAS, before we indulged in the habit of importing from abroad nearly all our medicinal requirements, our fathers used to avail themselves of indigenous herbs which were perhaps equally efficacious in their tonic or curative possibilities; and

WHEREAS, Nature has endowed the Philippines with a wealth of flora from which, it is believed she intended we should obtain the cure or antidote for the diseases and ailments which commonly beset our people;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSE P. LAUREL, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby create a Medicinal Plants Committee which shall be composed of the following:

Dr. J. M. Marañon, Chairman
Dr. P. Valenzuela, Member
Dr. P. Teningco,
Dr. N. Mendiola,
Dr. D. dela Paz,
Dr. Jose E. Jimenez,
Dr. A. B. M. Sison,

It shall be the duty of this Committee, with the aid of the ancient lore of our people and the scientific knowledge at their command, to make a survey and study of the medicinal plants actually growing in the Philippines as well as of the methods and processes available for the local production and manufacture of medicinal drugs and preparation, and to submit recommendations with a view to giving impetus to the popularization of the use and culture of medicinal plants and insuring our self-sufficiency, as far as possible, in the production and manufacture of medicinal drugs and preparations.

The Committee shall meet as the call of the Chairman and at such times and places as may be designated by him, and it is hereby authorized to call upon any Ministry, Bureau, office, instrumentality, or agency of the Government for such information and assistance as it may deem necessary.

The Committee shall submit within fifteen days to the President of the Republic of the Philippines a concrete and workable plan or plans for the realization of the desired objective.

Done at the City of Manila, this 6th day of December, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and forty-three, and of the Republic of the Philippines, the first.

(SGD.) JOSE P. LAUREL
President of the Republic of the Philippines

By the President:

(SGD.) JOSE GIL
Acting Executive Secretary