January 1, 2018

Act No. 1549 Increasing the Municipalities of by Separating Taal from Lemery, 1906

Aerial photograph of Taal Church taken in 1939.  Image source: United States National Archives.  Colorized by Algorithmia.
Aerial photograph of Taal Church taken in 1939.  Image source: United States National Archives.  Colorized by Algorithmia.
In 1906, the Philippine Commission passed an act1 that increased the number of municipalities in the Province of Batangas from 16 to 17. The lengthy full title of the act was “An Act Increasing the number of municipalities in the Province of Batangas from sixteen to seventeen, by separating from Taal the former municipality of Lemery, reconstituting the latter as a municipality, and giving the same the territory which it comprised prior to the passage of Act Numbered Seven hundred and eight.”

The full contents of the act are published below:
AN ACT Increasing the number of municipalities in the Province of Batangas from sixteen to seventeen, by separating from Taal the former municipality of Lemery. reconstituting the latter as a municipality, and giving the same the territory which it comprised prior to the passage of Act Numbered Seven hundred and eight.

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

SECTION 1. The sixteen municipalities of the Province of Batangas, as established by Act Numbered fifteen hundred and fourteen, shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, be increased to seventeen, by separating the former municipality of Lemery from the present municipality of Taal. The municipality of Taal shall consist of its present territory minus that of Lemery, which is hereby reconstituted a municipality and shall consist of the territory of which it was constituted prior to the passage of Act Numbered Seven hundred and eight.

SEC. 2. The municipal election for the reconstituted municipality of Lemery shall be held at the time of the next regular municipal elections in the Province of Batangas in accordance with the rules contained in Act Numbered Seven hundred and thirty, as amended by Act Numbered Nine hundred and twenty-eight, but the officers thus elected shall not take office nor shall the said reconstituted municipality come into existence until the first Monday in January following said election. The changes herein provided for shall in no way interfere with the number of officers to be elected or with the holding in the regular manner of the municipal election in the municipality of Taal, unless through the operation of this Act the class of said municipality, as fixed under section four of the Municipal Code, is raised or lowered, in which case the number of councilors elected shall be as prescribed in Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and thirty-three.

SEC. 3. The public good requiring the s eed 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. 4. This Act shall take effect on its passage.

Enacted, October 25, 1906.



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Notes and references:
1 Extracted from “Acts of the Philippine commission, no.1-1800,” online at the Internet Archive.

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