Instruction No. 97
EXTENSION OF TIME FOR PAYMENT OF
NOMINAL PAY TO THE OFFICIALS
October 10, 1942
The CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION
This is to inform you that the above matter, approval of which was requested in your letter of September 18, 1942, can not be approved.
JAPANESE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION
EDITOR’S NOTE: The communication of the Chairman of the Executive Commission, dated September 18, 1942, and referred to in Instruction No. 97, reads as follows:
MANILA, September 18, 1942
The DIRECTOR GENERAL
As a financial relief to officials and employees of the government who were laid off or whose positions were abolished as a result of the reorganization, Executive Order No. 53, dated June 17, 1942, was promulgated granting said officials and employees either nominal pay or gratuity at the rates and under the conditions prescribed therein. The necessary appropriation was provided in Executive Order No. 24, dated March 27, 1942. One of the conditions prescribed in the former executive order is that payment of the nominal pay or gratuity was to be made not later than July 15, 1942. In view of the limited time allowed to pay the said nominal pay and gratuity, all bureaus and offices concerned were, upon the release of the executive order, advised to take necessary steps to effect payments of the same to officials and employees entitled thereto. All accountants and auditors assigned to the bureaus and offices under every department were also instructed to assist the corresponding disbursing officers in the preparation of all data required so as to enable all claimants to receive their due. For bureaus and offices with few employees, said requirement of Executive Order No. 53 could be complied with without difficulty. But for the bureaus and offices like the Bureau of Public Instruction, the Bureau of Communications, and the Bureau of Public Works with laid-off employees entitled to nominal pay or gratuity numbering thousands scattered all over the islands, and with the meager and deficient means of communications available under the prevailing conditions, notwithstanding the earnest efforts of the officials entrusted to effect such payments, it was physically impossible for many laid-off officials and employees entitled to the nominal pay or gratuity who were stationed outside of Manila to present their claims on or before the expiration of the period prescribed by the executive order.
Considering the purpose for which Executive Order No. 53 was promulgated, the hardships that the laid-off officials and employees are at present experiencing due to the loss of their source of livelihood, and the adverse circumstances surrounding the inability of a large number of said officials and employees to receive the benefits thereof, it is requested that payment of unpaid nominal pay or gratuity out of the balance of the appropriation set aside for the purpose, which has not been reverted to the unappropriated surplus, be authorized up to October 31, 1942. Respectfully,
JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission
Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library