February 1, 2018

Act No. 958 Reducing the Municipalities of Batangas to 16, 1903

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In March of 1903, Act Numbered 708 was passed by the Philippine Commission consolidating thirteen of the Province of Batangas’ 22 municipalities into just five. Before the act could become operative, however, the commission repealed it and replaced it with Act Numbered 958 which reduced the 22 municipalities into just 16.

The contents of the act are provided below.
AN ACT Reducing the twenty-two municipalities of the Province of Batangas to sixteen, and repealing Act Numbered Seven hundred and eight, entitled “An Act reducing thirteen of the municipalities in the Province or Batangas to five.”

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



SECTION 1. Act Numbered Seven hundred and eight, entitled “An Act reducing thirteen of the municipalities in the Province of Batangas to five,” which, by virtue of the provisions of Act Numbered Seven hundred and thirty, has not yet become operative, is hereby repealed, and the twenty-two existing municipalities of the Province of Batangas shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, be reduced to sixteen, as follows:
  1. The municipality of Balayan shall consist of its present terri- tory and that of the municipalities of Tuy and Calatagan, with the seat of the municipal government at the present munic1pality of Balayan.
  2. The municipality of Calaca shall preserve its present boundaries.
  3. The municipality of Taal shall consist of its present territory and that of the municipalities of Lemery and San Luis, with the seat of the municipal government at the present municipality of Taal.
  4. The municipality of Rosario shall consist of its present territory and that of the municipality of Taysan, with the seat of the municipal government at the present municipality of Rosario.
  5. The municipality of Tanauan shall consist of its present territory and that of the municipality of Talisay, with the seat of the municipal government at the present municipality of Tanauan.
  6. The municipality of Batangas shall preserve its present boundaries.
  7. The municipality of Bauan shall preserve its present boundaries.
  8. The municipality of Cuenca shall preserve its present boundaries.
  9. The municipality of Ibaan shall preserve its present boundaries.
  10. The municipality of Lian shall preserve its present boundaries.
  11. The municipality of Lipa shall preserve its present boundaries.
  12. The municipality of Loboo shall preserve its present boundaries.
  13. The municipality of Nasugbu shall preserve its present boundaries.
  14. The municipality of San Jose shall preserve its present boundaries.
  15. The municipality of San Juan de Bocboc shall preserve its present boundaries
  16. The municipality of Santo Tomas shall preserve its present boundaries.

SEC. 2. The municipal elections in the new municipalities created in paragraphs numbered one, three, four, and five of section one hereof shall) be held in accordance with the rules contained in Act Numbered Seven hundred and thirty, as amended by Act Numbered Nine hundred and twenty-eight. When the new municipal officials shall have been elected and shall have qualified, the present organization of each of the municipalities mentioned in paragraphs numbered one, three, four, and five of section one of this Act shall be thereby abolished, and all offices held by virtue of their present organization shall be vacant and abolished, so that all the present municipal officials shall cease to hold office as soon as the new officials shall have taken the oath of office. Until the officials elected for the new municipalities, as described in section one hereof, shall have qualified, the present organization of the existing municipalities shall continue.

Sec. 3. 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. 4. This Act shall take effect on its passage.

Enacted, October 23, 1903.

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Notes and references:
“Acts of the Philippine Commission 425-949,” online at HathiTrust.

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