|The Balayan Municipal Building c. 1914. Image digitally extracted from the January 1914 edition of the Bureau of Public Works Quarterly Bulletin.|
Province of Batangas,
Batangas, September 15, 1904.
[p. 405]no less profound against the criminal disturbers of the peace. And here, we have a great question.
functionary on account of his high endowments and upright character, who, at the head of his efficient force during nearly four years, has daily performed, in an assiduous and most worthy manner, an immense amount of work. In a very few months, aside from the multiple and unseen work connected with the provincial board and the provincial board of health, he has been able to complete with the most brilliant success the work connected with the new board of revision, extermination of locusts, relief boards, reorganization of [the] municipal police, electoral census, construction of the high school, convention of presidents, with several governmental investigations, interrogatories to the municipalities relative to road taxes and the maintenance of roads, to agricultural and industrial production, statistics, reports, surveys of barrios, etc., besides the immense accumulation of records, reports, circulars, and the great mass of documents received from the different bureaus of the government.
bravery met with death, kidnapping, and with martyrdom! The sad situation of these poor rustics who are, so to speak, between the sword’s point and the wall, is worthy of the most humane attention and gives rise to many bitter reflections better suited to a sociological article than to an official report. The municipal police of Santo Tomas, Tanawan, Lipa, and Taal, who are provided with good arms and uniforms, labor to the extent of their power under the orders of their worthy presidents and the direction of the constabulary inspector; and they have captured many rifles, revolvers, and other arms from the bandits, the police force of Santo Tomas being specially remarkable on account of the many successes which have crowned its efforts. With the exception of those pueblos that on account of their proximity to Cavite and Laguna suffer from time to time from the deplorable effects of brigandage, the other pueblos of the province enjoy the most perfect tranquility, especially Batangas, San Juan, Bauan, Taysan, Ibaan, Lobo, Calatagan, Calaca, Tuy, and Balayan, from where not even the least disturbance has been reported to me. There are constabulary posts at Batangas, where the headquarters is situated, at Lipa, Tanawan, Taysan, Taal, Calaca, and Tuy, and of scouts at Nasugbu, Bayuyuñgan, Talisay, Ambulong, and San Juan. I think that a good system of telephones uniting all of the pueblos would add to the rapidity of action and efficacy of operations of the constabulary and scouts.
in the pueblo and 8 in the barrios. Nasugbu 783 in 1 school in the pueblo and 5 in the barrios. Taal 632 in the 2 schools in the pueblo and 8 in the barrios. Cuenca 623 in 1 school in the pueblo and 1 in the barrio. Balayan 456 in 1 school in the pueblo and 4 in the barrios. San Juan 444 in 1 school in the pueblo and 4 in the barrios. San José 350 in 1 school in the pueblo and 2 in the barrios. Rosario 183 in 1 school in the pueblo and 1 in the barrio. Calaca 150 in 1 school in the pueblo and l in the barrio. Santa Tomas 143 in 1 school in the pueblo and 6 in the barrios. Lobo 68 in 1 school. lbaan 60 in 1 school. Which makes a total of 9,368; and if to this is added one high school, one of arts and trades, and another of agriculture in the provincial capital and the intermediate schools in Lipa, Bauan, Taal, Balayan, and Tanawan, and the night schools in all of the pueblos where the entire municipal governments, including residents and justices of the peace and the most prominent people in the town attend, are taken into account, an approximate idea of the magnificent level reached by this most important branch of the government will be had, which is greatly to the honor of the superintendent, Mr. Buck, who carries forward his sublime mission of diffusing popular education with veritable fervor and the zeal of an apostle. He is one of the most valuable Americans and has the greatest affection for this country. He is a living example of the value of self-help, and for that
compliance of his difficult duties. He has been nearly four years zealously serving the government in the laborious task of prosecuting crime.
Governor, Province of Batangas.
Notes and references:
1 “Report of the Governor of the Province of Batangas,” by Gregorio Aguilera Solis, published 1904 as part of the “Fifth Annual Report of the Philippine Commission” by the Bureau of Insular Affairs, United States War Department.