REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 22

PRESCRIBING THE BIOGRAPHY OF DR. JOSE RIZAL BY DR. RAFAEL PALMA AS A REQUIRED TEXTBOOK IN ALL HIGH SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, AND OPENING COMPETITIONS FOR THE BEST TRANSLATIONS THEREOF FROM SPANISH INTO TAGALOG AND ENGLISH.

WHEREAS, the public and private institutions of learning have not heretofore given sufficient emphasis on the teaching of the inspiring examples of Dr. Jose Rizal;

WHEREAS, it is imperative that the biography of Dr. Jose Rizal be thoroughly studied by the Filipino youth; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Rafael Palma won the first prize in a competition some years ago for the best biography of our national hero which is admittedly without peer in the presentation of the life of Dr. Jose Rizal;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSE P. LAUREL, President of the Republic of the Philippines, pursuant to the authority vested in me by law, and upon recommendation of the National Education Board, do hereby declare the biography of Dr. Jose Rizal written by Dr. Rafael Palma to be a required textbook in all public and private high schools, colleges and universities effective at the beginning of the school year 1944-1945.

In order to effectively carry out this directive, the Minister of Education, Health and Public Welfare is hereby ordered to promulgate rules and regulations for the immediate opening of two nation-wide competitions, with cash prizes, for the best translations of Dr. Rafael Palma’s biography of Dr. Jose Rizal from Spanish into Tagalog and English, respectively.

Done at the City of Manila, this 29th 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.) PEDRO SABIDO
Acting Executive Secretary