REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 3

DECLARING THE NINETEENTH DAY OF NOVEMBER OF EACH YEAR AS FARMERS’ DAY.

WHEREAS, it is fitting that a day be set aside each year for the purpose of focusing the attention of the Filipino people to the essential role the farmers play in the economic welfare of the country, and to afford an occasion of thanksgiving to Providence for the bountiful crop;

WHEREAS, such a day, if properly observed, will serve to arouse popular farm consciousness, stimulate interest in agricultural pursuits, and accelerate the current food production campaign;

WHEREAS, on such occasion the nation will have an opportunity to manifest proper appreciation of, and gratitude for, the service of the farmers and the blessings of Providence; and

WHEREAS, at this most trying period of our national history, it is propitious to drive home to our people the imperative necessity of making the country self-sufficient in crops of prime necessity;

Now, therefore, I, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, pursuant to the authority in me vested by law, do hereby proclaim the nineteenth day of November of each year as Farmers’ Day, and enjoin:

1. All provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and KALIBAPI organizations all over the Islands to arrange for appropriate programs, activities or displays, through the press, the theaters, the stores, or by means of garden or livestock contests, with a view to stressing the significance of farm work and the importance of understanding our agricultural problems;

2. All schools, colleges and universities to make suitable observance of the day by appropriate ceremonies featured by speeches, songs, exhibitions or planting activities, emphasizing the respect due the man behind the plow as the backbone of the nation;

3. The Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce to sponsor a farmers’ day program calculated to enhance the dignity of Philippine farm life and promote food production;

4. The government officials and employees and the public at large to a proper observance of the day.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 29th day of October, 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

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library