OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 25

PRESCRIBING RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ALIENS

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 in accordance with the proclamation dated April 1, 1942, it is hereby ordered, upon the recommendation of the Executive Commission, that—

1. Every alien subject to the provisions of the Alien Registration Law shall, before the 31st of May of every calendar year, report in person to the Bureau of the Census and Statistics, if residing in the City of Greater Manila, or to the office of the respective city or municipal treasurer, if residing in another locality, unless prevented from so reporting in person by reason of internment or confinement in prison, hospital or other institutions, in which case he shall report within thirty days from the date of his release. The official in charge shall thereupon make a proper notation to that effect on the registration certificate, to which notation a one-peso documentay stamp furnished by the alien shall be affixed. The parent or legal guardian of an alien who is less than fourteen years of age, shall have the duty of reporting for such alien: Provided, That whenever any such alien attains his fourteenth birthday in the Philippines, he shall thereafter report in person and furnish the required one-peso documentary stamp once a year within the period and at the place above designated.

2. Aliens now residing in the Philippines, who have not yet registered in accordance with the provisions of the Alien Registration Law, shall apply for registration and fingerprinting within thirty days from the date this order takes effect, unless prevented from so registering by reason of internment or confinement in prison, hospital or other institutions, in which case they shall apply for registration within thirty days from the date of their release. The parent or legal guardian of an alien who is less than fourteen years of age, shall have the duty of registering such alien: Provided, That whenever any such alien attains his fourteenth birthday in the Philippines he shall, within thirty days thereafter, apply in person for registration and fingerprinting.

3. The term “alien” includes citizens or subjects of all countries other than the Empire of Japan and the Philippines.

4. The following are exempt from registration and fingerprinting:

(a) A Filipino woman married to an alien whose name is not included or inscribed in the official registry of nationals or in the family record of the country of her husband.

(b) A female alien married to a Filipino citizen, provided that she renounces her original citizenship.

(c) A child born in the Philippines of an alien father and a Filipino mother, provided that he renounces the citizenship of his father after reaching the age of 14.

The documents of renunciation mentioned in subsections (b) and (c) of this paragraph shall be made out under oath and registered in the Bureau of the Census and Statistics, if the person concerned resides in the City of Greater Manila, or in the office of the respective city or municipal treasurer, if in another locality.

5. Failure, without justifiable cause, to make the report required in paragraph 1 hereof shall cause the cancellation of the corresponding registration certificate.

6. Any alien required to apply for registration and to be fingerprinted who, without justifiable cause, fails or refuses to make such application or to be fingerprinted, and any parent or legal guardian required to apply for the registration of any alien who fails or refuses to file application for the registration of such alien, as required in paragraph 2 hereof, shall suffer the penalty provided for in existing law.

7. This Order shall take effect on April 16, 1942.

Done in the City of Greater Manila, Philippines, this 1st day of April, 1942.

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

Approved under authority of the following proclamation of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces dated April 1, 1942:

“The Imperial Japanese Forces hereby proclaims that all aliens shall duly register in accordance with rules and regulations to be promulgated by the Philippine Executive Commission, which shall perform the function relating thereto.”

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library