OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMISSION
MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 16

AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INTERIOR TO DETERMINE THE CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES WHERE THE DISTRICT AND NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS SHALL BE ORGANIZED.

Whereas, section 28 of Executive Order No. 77, dated August 7, 1942, creating district and neighborhood associations and defining their powers, duties and responsibilities, provides that the area or areas where the provisions of said Executive Order shall be enforced and the date of their enforcement shall be prescribed later; and

Whereas, it is desirable that the establishment of district and neighborhood associations in cities and municipalities where the conditions of peace and order will permit their regular functioning should be done in a speedy and expeditious manner;

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, the Commissioner of the Interior is hereby authorized to determine and prescribe, upon the recommendation of the Director of Local Governments, the cities or municipalities where the provisions of Executive Order No. 77 shall be enforced and the date of their enforcement therein in addition to those enumerated in Administrative Order No. 11, dated November 4, 1942 and thereupon to proceed to the organization of district and neighborhood associations and the enforcement f the provisions of said Executive Order in such cities and municipalities.

Whenever the Commissioner of the Interior decides to enforce the provisions of Executive Order No. 77 in any city or municipality pursuant to authority herein conferred upon him, he shall forth with submit a report to the Chairman of the Executive Commission giving the names of the said cities or municipalities or any specified area or areas therein and the date of such enforcement in said localities.

Done in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 26th day of December, 1942.

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

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library