OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

PROCLAMATION NO. 4

CALLING UPON THE FILIPINO PEOPLE TO PROPERLY OBSERVE NEW YEAR’S DAY AND PRESCRIBING THE MANNER OF ITS OBSERVANCE.

Whereas, the first day of January has been declared a legal holiday and designated New Year’s Day in Executive Order No. 20, dated March 20, 1942;

Whereas, New Year’s Day marks the beginning of a new life in which the mistakes of the past year are corrected and resolutions and determinations are renewed; and

Whereas, as a proper observance of New Years Day, the Filipino people should correct their past mistake of relying upon the United States of America and should dedicate the day to the renewal of their determination during the coming year to assist in the task of achieving a complete victory for the Oriental peoples under the leadership of Japan and to construct a new and greater Philippines that will be a worthy member of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere under the guidance of the Military Administration;

Now, therefore, 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, I hereby call upon the Filipino people to dedicate the coming New Year’s Day to correcting the mistakes of the past, to moulding their lives to the spirit of the New Order, and to renewing their faith in the establishment of the New Philippines and to otherwise observing the day in the following manner:

1. The flag of the Rising Sun shall be displayed; and

2. The officials and employees of the various departments, bureaus and offices of the Central Administrative Organization, including the judicial courts and the government-owned or controlled corporations, as well as those of the provincial, city, and municipal governments shall gather in their respective offices at 9:50 o’clock in the morning of the same day for the purpose of holding appropriate ceremonies which shall include homage to the Imperial Palace at exactly 10 o’clock and one-minute silent prayer for the war dead and complete victory in the war.

Done in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 28th day of December, 1942.

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

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library