OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE
COMMISSION

MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 35

REQUIRING RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS OR ORDERS TO SECURE PERMISSION BEFORE SOLICITING OR COLLECTING ALMS AND CONTRIBUTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES.

Pursuant to the authority conferred upon me as Head of the Central Administrative Organization by Order No. 1 of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippines, and upon the recommendation of the Executive Commission, it is hereby required that all religious organizations or orders should first secure permission before soliciting contributions or collecting alms for religious purposes from the public or from any person, in accordance with the following rules and regulations:

1. The permission herein required may be secured by filing a written application therefor with the Bureau of Religious Affairs at least ten days prior to the date on which the religious organization or order will start soliciting or collecting alms or contributions.

2. The application for permission shall be accomplished in triplicate by the head, chief priest or presiding elder of the religious organization or order concerned, or the parish priest, and shall contain the following particulars:

(a) The purpose or object for which the alms or contributions are to be collected;

(b) The total amount to be raised from the collection of said alms or contributions;

(c) Whether the collection of such alms or contributions is permitted or not by the laws, rules, or regulations of the religious organization or order concerned;

(d) Methods to be employed in soliciting or collecting the alms or contributions;

(e) Period within which it is intended to solicit or collect the alms or contributions; and

(f) The provinces, cities or municipalities within which said alms or contributions will be solicited or collected.

3. In case the permission applied for is granted, the alms or contributions collected are to be acknowledged by receipts and the expenditures certified by vouchers. The religious organization or order concerned shall, after the expiration of the period authorized, and within the period to be fixed by the Director of Religious Affairs, submit to said Bureau an itemized statement of collections and expenditures, the correctness of which is to be duly certified by the head, chief priest or presiding elder of the religious organization or order concerned, or by the parish priest.

4. This Order shall be applicable to indirect means of soliciting or collecting alms or contributions, such as selling tickets, chances or coupons, but shall not apply to the following:

(a) Alms or contributions spontaneously dropped into alms boxes which are placed inside the church or chapel for a religious purpose;

(b) Alms or contributions dropped or placed in collection boxes or plates passed among the congregation during masses or other religious services or immediately preceding or following the same; and

(c) Isolated gifts or donations spontaneously given to a religious organization or order.

5. The head, chief priest or presiding elder of the religious organization or order concerned, and the parish priest shall be responsible for any violation of the provisions of this Order which shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than six months or by a fine of not more than two hundred pesos, or by both, in the discretion of the court.

Done in the City of Greater Manila, Philippines, this 8th day of May, 1942.

(Sgd.) JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library