REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 8

DECLARING THE TWENTY-SECOND DAY OF DECEMBER OF EACH YEAR AS KALIBAPI DAY.

WHEREAS, the Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas, otherwise known as KALIBAPI, was organized a little over a year ago as a nonpolitical-association for service to the New Philippines;

WHEREAS, during its one year of existence it has aided in a great measure in the rapid reconstruction of the Philippines, in the establishment of peace and order, in the rehabilitation of our people and in the laying of the foundations of the Republic of the Philippines through the selection of delegates that ratified our present Constitution and elected the members of the first National Assembly under the Republic; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting that a day be set aside each year for the purpose of drawing the attention of the Filipino people to the significance of the tasks it is called upon to perform in the unification of our people, and to make them appreciate the contributions it has made and is still making in insuring the strength and hi stability of the nation by fostering their cultural, moral, spiritual, physical and economic  advancement and developing in them such laudable virtues as hard work, faith, self-reliance, loyalty, bravery, discipline and self-sacrifice which make for a vigorous and sturdy race of Filipinos;

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, until otherwise provided by law, the twenty-second day of December of each year as Kalibapi Day.

To carry out the object of this proclamation, the Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas (KALIBAPI) which is itself properly organized to assume such responsibility, is hereby directed to make the necessary preparations for, and to take charge of, the celebrations throughout the Philippines and to request all elements of our population in and outside of the government to take part or extend their cooperation in the observance of the Day.

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 eighteenth 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