REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2

PROHIBITING THE GIVING OF GIFTS AND EXPENSE-INCURRING CELEBRATIONS BY EMPLOYEES FOR THEIR SUPERIORS AND ACCEPTANCE OF SUCH GIFTS BY THE LATTER.

It is a time-honored custom of our people to exchange gifts on Christmas Day, on birthdays or on wedding days. While this is a beautiful custom and should be preserved, its practice has been carried to a point where it constitutes a financial burden that many cannot well afford. One may express fine sentiments of friendship and respect with simple and inexpensive symbols. Sincere words of congratulations or simple bouquets of flowers, especially of one’s private garden, could mean more than gifts possessing money value.

In order that the beautiful custom of exchanging gifts may be preserved and practiced without causing hardship to anyone, I, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, announce that I will not accept any kind of gift and hereby direct, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, that hereafter, the giving of gifts by subordinate officials or employees to their superiors and the acceptance of such gifts by the latter, as well as holding celebrations by subordinate employees in honor of their superior officers in any form that will bring expense to them, shall be prohibited.

Done in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 28th 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