January 1, 2018

Act No. 775 Appropriating Money for the Building of a School Building and Manual Training Schools in the Town of Batangas, 1903

A school building in Batangas town early during the American colonial era.  Image from the public domain publication "A Tribute of Love to the Memory of Anna Elizabeth Hahn."
A school building in Batangas town early during the American colonial era.  Image from the public domain publication "A Tribute of Love to the Memory of Anna Elizabeth Hahn."
In 1903, the United States colonial government appropriated $50,000 in local currency from the war emergency rice fund for the construction of a school building and manual training schools in the then-municipality of Batangas. The appropriation was made by way of an act1 passed by the Philippine Commission.

The contents of the act1 are published below:
An ACT Appropriating the Sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars, Local Currency, from the War Emergency Rice Fund of the Province of Batangas for the Purpose of Erecting a School Building and Manual Training Schools in the Municipality of Batangas

By Authority of the United States, be it enacted by the Philippine Commission, that:

SECTION 1. There is hereby appropriated out of the war emergency rice fund of the Province of Batangas, as constituted by Act Numbered Four hundred and eighty-eight of the Philippine Commission, the sum of fifty thousand dollars, local currency, for the construction of a provincial school building and manual training schools.

SEC. 2. Of the said sum of fifty thousand dollars above appropriated, forty-five thousand dollars, local currency, shall be paid by the treasurer of the said war emergency rice fund to the provincial treasurer of the Province of Batangas, who shall receive and receipt therefore, and the said sum so paid into the provincial treasury shall constitute a building fund for the erection of a provincial school building and manual training annex for girls in the municipality of Batangas, in accordance with plans and specifications prepared by the Insular Bureau of Architecture, which fund shall be expended by order of the building committee hereinafter designated upon warrant drawn on the provincial treasurer, signed by the provincial governor, and countersigned by the division superintendent of schools. The provincial board of the Province of Batangas, the division superintendent of schools for the Province of Batangas, the president of the municipality of Batangas, and three members from the province at large, nominated by the provincial governor, shall constitute a building committee to carry forward the work of erecting such buildings.

SEC. 3. Of the said sum of fifty thousand dollars above appropriated, five thousand dollars, local currency, shall remain in the hands of the treasurer of the war emergency rice fund and shall be expended by him for the erection of a building, the plans for which have been approved by the Civil Governor, for the manual training of boys, wherein shall be taught the trades of the blacksmith, carpenter, wheelwright, and painter.



SEC. 4. The said school building shall be erected on a tract of land in the municipality of Batangas, lying directly north of the Government building, and donated for such use by the municipality of Batangas. The municipality of Batangas having consented thereto, the title to the said land and buildings to be erected thereon, as provided above, is hereby vested in the Province of Batangas, for the use aforesaid, and subject to the provisions of section five hereinafter set out and to the control, direction, and supervision of the Department of Public Instruction. The said buildings, when erected, shall be kept in repair by the Province of Batangas, except that the cost of keeping in repair the first floor of the school building shall be charged to and paid for by the municipality of Batangas.

SEC. 5. The first floor of the school building shall be used for primary schools of the municipality of Batangas and for pupils from other municipalities in the province in such numbers, in the discretion of the division superintendent of schools, as will not unduly crowd or inconvenience pupils resident in the municipality of Batangas. The entire cost of furnishing the first floor of the school building and the maintenance of the primary schools shall be paid by the municipality of Batangas.

The second floor of said school building shall be used as a provincial secondary school, and the other buildings to be erected shall be used as provincial manual training schools free to all residents of the Province of Batangas. The Province of Batangas shall maintain said secondary school and manual training schools and shall provide such schools with the necessary school furniture.

SEC. 6. The said primary schools of the municipality of Batangas and the provincial secondary and manual training schools shall be under the control, direction, and supervision of the Department of Public Instruction.

SEC. 7. The public good requiring the speedy enactment of this bill, the passage of the same is hereby expedited in accordance with section two of “An Act prescribing the order of procedure by the Commission in the enactment of laws,” passed September twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred.

SEC. 8. This act shall take effect on its passage.

Enacted, May 28, 1903.
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Notes and references:
1Acts of the Philippine commission [Acts No. 425-949],” online at the Internet Archive.

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