REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 12

REORGANIZING THE TEXTBOOK
EXAMINING COMMITTEE

Whereas, Instruction No. 2 of the Director General of the Japanese Military Administration, dated January 18,1942, created a Textbook Examining Committee consisting of Japanese and Filipino experts, for the purpose of examining textbooks for use in the schools and eliminating therefrom improper and unsuitable parts; and

Whereas, a re-orientation of its purposes as well as a change in its membership has become necessary in view of the change of sovereignty;

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 reconstitute the Textbook Examining Committee to be composed of the following members:

Hon. Jorge Bocobo, Chairman
Hon. Gabriel Mañalac, Member
Dr. Francisco Benitez, Member
Dr. Mariano V. de los Santos, Member
Hon. Pedro Aunario, Member
Mr. Segundo Infantado, Member
Mrs. Pura Villanueva-Kalaw, Member

The Committee shall have charge of the selection and approval of textbooks to be used in all schools, colleges, and universities, whether public or private, and shall have the power to prohibit the use of any textbook which it may find to be against the law, not conducive to the fomentation of the basic educational policies of the State, or offensive to the dignity and honor of the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines.

The members of the Committee are hereby prohibited to consider for adoption or to adopt any treatise, textbook or manuscript in whose authorship, editorship, or preparation a member of the Committee may have direct or indirect interest.

Done in the City of Manila, this twenty-third 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

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library