REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 55
ORDERING THE FOOD ADMINISTRATION TO IMMEDIATELY TAKE POSSESSION
OF ALL STOCKS OF PALAY OR RICE EXCEPT AMOUNTS THEREOF AS MAY
BE NEEDED FOR CONSUMPTION BY FAMILIES AND THEIR DEPENDENTS
WHEREAS, the plan recommended by the Economic Planning Board and sanctioned by the undersigned relative to the procurement of rice and palay has received the general approval of the rice producers and holders of stocks thereof;
WHEREAS, it has now become imperative that the stocks of rice and palay be placed at the disposal of the Bigasang Bayan to enable the Government of the Republic of the Philippines to meet the pressing need for this cereal of the great masses of our population;
NOW, THEREFORE, I JOSE P. LAUREL, President of the Republic of the Philippines by virtue of the powers vested in me by Act. No. 39 of the National Assembly, approved February 22, 1944, do hereby order and direct the Food Administrator to immediately take possession of all the stocks of palay or rice, threshed or not threshed, owned or in possession of such persons as may be indicated by him in the City of Manila and in the provinces of Central Luzon, except the amounts or quantities thereof that may be needed by them for the consumption of their families, and dependents, in conformity with existing rules and regulations.
The Philippine Constabulary, all provincial and municipal officials shall assist in the enforcement of this Order and shall take all the necessary precautions to avoid losses or prevent the disposition of any stock of rice or palay requisitioned pursuant to this Order.
All palay or rice requisitioned under this Order shall be duly receipted for, for purposes of liquidation and payment.
Done in the City of Manila, this 15th day of May, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and forty-four, 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