REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 7

DECLARING THE WEEK FROM DECEMBER TWENTY-FOURTH TO DECEMBER THIRTIETH OF EACH YEAR AS “FILIPINO LANGUAGE WEEK” AND CALLING UPON THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES TO OBSERVE IT PROPERLY.

WHEREAS, it is necessary that Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, be propagated throughout the country in order to help bring about the early realization of a closer national unity amongst our people;

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that a period of one week be set aside each year for the purposes of giving special emphasis on the urgent need of having a common tongue among the Filipinos; and

WHEREAS, on such occasion the people of the Philippines will have an opportunity to broaden their outlook on life and to think more in terms of the welfare of the nation rather than that of their respective localities;

Now, therefore, I, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, pursuant to the authority vested in me by law, do hereby proclaim the week from December twenty-fourth to December thirtieth of each year as Filipino Language Week and call upon all people of the Philippines to observe the same properly.

For the purpose of this proclamation, the Ministry of Education, Health, and Public Welfare and the Institute of National Language are hereby directed to make necessary preparations for, and take charge of, the celebrations throughout the Philippines, and to request the cooperation of all elements of our population in and outside of the Government in the proper observance of the week.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this seventh day of December, 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 Assistant Executive Secretary

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library