REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 19

CREATING A RELIEF COMMITTEE

For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of Act No. 2 of the Republic of the Philippines which appropriates the sum of two million pesos (₱2,000,000.00) for the relief and rehabilitation of communities and/or invalids, widows, orphans and other indigent persons suffering from the effects of the war, 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 committee which shall be known as the Relief Committee and composed of the following:

Hon. Quintin Paredes, Minister of Public
Works and Communications
Chairman
Hon. Arsenio Bonifacio, Acting Minister
of the Interior
Member
Hon. Gabriel Mañalac, Acting Minister of
Education, Health and Publoic Welfare,
Member
Hon. Francisco Zulueta, Floor Leader of the
National Assembly
Member
Hon. Santiago U. Estrada, Chairman, Committee
on Relief of the National Assembly
Member

The duties of the Relief Committee shall be:

(1) To ascertain in the nature and extent of damages suffered by the people from the effects of the war, particularly the pressing needs and requirements of war invalids, widows, orphans, and other persons left indigent as a result of war in the different provinces, cities and municipalities;

(2) To determine the nature and amount of relief and rehabilitation that should be given, the number of persons that should be given the benefits of Act No. 2 and the priorities, if any, that should be observed in apportioning the benefits of the Act to the end that those who need help most shall receive them first. In the performance of this duty, the Committee shall take into account all various forms of relief now undertaken by the National Government, provincial governments, chartered cities, municipalities and also those being undertaken by private relief organizations;

(3) To devise and carry out such adequate measures as may be necessary to immediately and effectively fulfill the purposes of said Act No. 2; and

(4) To study the advisability of, and recommend plans for the creation of a permanent relief fund from sources other than a direct appropriation by the Government, as well as ways and means of integrating all relief work and eventually absorbing all public and private relief organizations into one single agency.

The Relief Committee shall meet at the call of the Chairman at such times and places as may be designated by him and shall submit a report of its activities and recommendations to the President of the Republic of the Philippines from time to time.

The Relief Committee is hereby authorized to call upon any Ministry, bureau, office, instrumentality or agency of the Government for such information and assistance as it may need in the conduct of the work entrusted to it by virtue of this Order.

Done in the City of Manila, this 13th 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