Instruction No. 8

INSTRUCTION CONCERNING THE ASSISTANCE
OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
AND COMMUNICATIONS IN THE CREATION
OF SPECIAL “ROAD SQUAD GANG”
FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF DAMAGED
BRIDGES, ETC.

March 6, 1942

To Mr. JORGE B. VARGAS

Chairman of the Executive Commission
of the Philippines
Manila

With regard to the above subject, we have written an instruction letter addressed to the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works and Communications as per separate copy, which please take note of.

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE JAPANESE
MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

INSTRUCTION NO. 8

INSTRUCTION CONCERNING THE ASSISTANCE OF YOUR DEPARTMENT IN THE CREATION OF SPECIAL “ROAD SQUAD GANG” FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF DAMAGED BRIDGES, ETC.

March 6, 1942

To Mr. QUINTIN PAREDES

Commissioner of the Department of Public Works and Communications, Manila

While the Imperial Japanese Forces are now endeavoring hard to reconstruct damaged bridges in various provinces, in view of the fact that it is necessary to complete the reconstruction work before the rainy season comes, you are requested to organize the new system of the special “road squad gang” so as to assist the Japanese Forces in the reconstruction work in compliance with the following conditions. In this connection, it is requested that you approach the Japanese Military Administration to obtain further instructions as to details not enumerated hereunder in order to carry out the function smoothly.

CONDITIONS

Number of persons (workers) of each special “road squad gang.”

Each gang shall be composed of 50 persons (workers) with one head of the gang.

I. Number of the special “road squad gang.”The number of the special “road squad gang required to set up shall be nine in total, in the meantime, with one gang in each province. The following are the nine provinces where the special “road squad gang” shall be stationed.

(a) Province of Rizal
(b) Province of Bulacan
(c) Province of Pampanga
(d) Province of Tarlac
(e) Province of Nueva Ecija
(f) Province of Pangasinan
(g) Province of Laguna
(h) Province of Tayabas
(i) Province of Batangas

II. Duty of the special “road squad gang.”— Every gang shall, under guidance of the Road Corps of the Imperial Japanese Forces, be engaged mainly in the reconstruction work of various damaged bridges.

III. Allowances to the gang.—Meals and camp accommodation will be supplied to the gang by the Japanese Forces.

IV. Wages of the gang.—Wages of the gang shall be paid by your Department according to the instruction of the Japanese Forces. In this respect, the Japanese Forces may, if necessary, authorize the person in charge of wages and allowances to pay the wages to the workers in place of you.

V. Detail of each gang.—Detail of each gang is as described in the separate paper. Any worker shall be dismissed at once in any case of the following:

(a) When the construction work requires to do.
(b) Who are not proper to do their duties.
(c) Who are considered to have committed misdemeanors.
(d) When the Japanese Forces requires to do.

VI. Position of workers.—Workers shall be treated as civilians attached to the army.

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE JAPANESE
MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

(1) OUTLINE OF ORGANIZATION OF GANG

Gang’s number Name of province Date to finish organization Place where workers show up after organized Date and time together
1 Rizal March 12 Manila in front of Dept. of P. W. and C. of P. G.  Noon, March 13
2 Bulacan March 12 Malolos, in front of Provincial G. Noon, March 13
3 Pampanga March 12 San Fernando, in front of provincial G. Noon, March 13
4 Tarlac March 12 Tarlac, in front of Provincial G. Noon, March 13
5 Nueva Ecija March 15 Cabanatuan Provincial G. (in front of) Noon, March 16
6 Pangasinan March 15 Dagupan Station (in front of ) Noon, March 16
7 Laguna March 15 Calamba Station (in front of) Noon, March 16
8 Batangas March 20 Batangas, in front of Provincial G Noon, March 21
9 Tayabas March 20 Lucena, in front of Provincial G. Noon, March 21

(2) Necessary staff of each gang:

(a) Head of gang one.
(b) Handling of personnel affairs one.
(c) Handling of general communication one.
(d Handling of wages and allowances one.
(e) Others.  
(i) It is necessary to employ as many persons who have experience or are skillful in wooden bridge construction as possible.  
(ii) Ten carpenters are required in each gang. Each worker shall prepare himself his own (meal, equipment and bedding. Carpenters shall bring carpenter instruments with them.  

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library