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The present volume contains acts numbered from 1539 to 1800,inclusive, passed during the period embraced between September 16, 1906, and October 12, 1907, and are transmitted to Congress in accordance with the provisions of section 86 of the act approved July 1, 1902, entitled “ An act temporarily to provide for the administration of the affairs of civil government in the Philippine Islands, and for other purposes.

It contains also such public resolutions and extracts from Minutes of the Proceedings of the Philippine Commission from September 16, 1906, to October 31, 1907, as have been designated for publication by the Commission; certain appointments made to official positions in the Philippine Islands from September 16, 1906, to October 31, 1907; a list of notaries public in the Philippine Islands appointed by judges of courts of first instance for the different provinces and by the supreme court for the city of Manila dated September, 1907; and a list of municipalities, townships, and other local organizations in the Philippine Islands dated February 27, 1907.

a Act numbered 1800 is the last enacted by the Philippine Commission exercising exclusively the legislative function of government. The Philippine assembly convened on October 16, 1907, and since that date, in accordance with section 7 of the act of Congress of July 1, 1902, all the legislative power theretofore conferred on the Philippine Commission is vested in a legislature consisting of two houses-the Philippine Commission and the Philippine assembly.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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No. 1539. An act amending section 5 of act No. 74, establishing a depart-

ment of public instruction, as amended, by authorizing the

director of education, with the approval of the secretary of

public instruction, to change, increase, or decrease the exist-

ing school divisions of the Philippine Islands --

No. 1540. An act authorizing the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company to

bring suit against the government of the Philippine Islands

in the court of first instance of the city of Manila to deter-

mine the liability of the respective parties for damages

caused to the Luneta extension by the typhoon of May 18

and 19, 1906_-

No. 1541. An act transferring the division of ethnology from the bureau

of education to the bureau of science and repealing para-

graph (b) of section 23 of the reorganization act..

No. 1542. An act authorizing the municipal council of the municipality of

Iba, province of Zambales, to vacate that portion of Calle

Bugallon lying between Calles Rizal and Padre Burgos, and

to cede the same to the province of Zambales as a site for a

provincial high school---

No. 1543. An act changing the name of the municipality of Namacpacan,

in the province of La Union, to that of Luna..

No. 1544. An act exempting from internal-revenue taxes all timber and

other forest products for use in the actual construction and

equipment of certain railway lines in the Philippine Islands.

No. 1545. An act to amend the provincial government act No. 83, by re-

organizing the provincial boards, and by abolishing the posi-

tion of provincial secretary, and for other purposes.-

No. 1546. An act making appropriations for sundry expenses of the

municipal government of the city of Manila for the fiscal

year ending June 30, 1907.--

No. 1547. An act appropriating the sum of P1,834,000 from the funds real-

ized from the sale of bonds authorized by act No. 1323, for

the purpose of constructing sewers in the city of Manila and

to furnish it with an adequate sewer and drainage system

and supply of water----

No. 1548. An act to amend the provincial government act, by increasing

the power of provinces in the matter of appropriation of

provincial funds

No. 1549. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of Batangas from 16 to 17, 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 No. 708.

No. 1550. An act consolidating the present municipality of Casiguran with

the municipality of Baler, both in the province of Tayabas,

and annexis the barrios of Cabulihan, San Roque, and Ca-

lantas with the sitios of Anos and Tubas, of the munici-

pality of Gumaca, to the municipality of Pitogo, in the same

province_

No. 1551. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of Cavite from 11 to 12, by separating from Imus the former

municipality of Bacoor and giving the latter the territory

which it comprised prior to the passage of act No. 947------

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No. 1552. An act requiring justices of the peace and judges of courts of

first instance, of the court of land registration, and of

municipal courts to certify on their applications for leave

and upon salary vouchers and pay rolls that all special

proceedings, applications, petitions, demurrers, motions, and

all civil and criminal cases under submission for decision or

determination for a period of ninety days or more have been

determined and decided on or before the date of making such

certificate, and providing that no leave shall be granted or

salary paid until such certificate shall have been made----

No. 1553. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of La Laguna from 20 to 21, by separating from Biñan the

former municipality of San Pedro Tunasan, reconstituting

the latter as a municipality, and giving to each the territory

which it comprised prior to the passage of act No. 939------

No. 1554. An act providing for a loan of P20,000 to the province of Sor-

sogon for the completion of the provincial high school

building of said province --

No. 1555. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of Tarlac from 9, as established by act No. 930, to 10, by

making the former municipality of La Paz and the barrio of

Lauangeupang, now a part of the municipality of Tarlac,

and the barrio of Bantug, in the present municipality of

Concepcion, a new municipality --

No. 1556. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of Pangasinan from 32 to 41, by reconstituting certain

municipalities in sa id province, and giving to each the terri-

tory which it comprised prior to the passage of act No. 931_

No. 1557. An act reducing the number of municipalities in the province

of Albay from 27 to 23, by consolidating certain munici-

palities of the said province located in the subprovince

of Catanduanes---

No. 1558. An act to increase the number of municipalities in the province

of Samar from 25, as established by act No. 960, to 32.-

No. 1559. An act amending act No. 1533, entitled “An act providing for

the diminution of sentences imposed upon prisoners con-

victed of any offense and sentenced for a definite term of

more than thirty days and less than life in consideration of

good conduct and diligence," by prescribing that the applica-

tions of diminution of sentences allowed thereunder shall be

made on the basis of legal months of thirty days.-

No. 1560. An act canceling one-half the amounts loaned to the province

of Cebu by acts Nos, 1343 and 1380.-

No. 1561. An act authorizing the governor-general to parole prisoners

and providing for the enforcement of the conditions of

such paroles---

No. 1562. An act to prevent the failure of military justice, to authorize

the swearing of witnesses before a military investigation,

and to punish perjuries therein committed.

No. 1563. An act to amend act No. 1454, entitled "An act creating the

entry port of Sitanki, amending act No. 1416, and for other

purposes,” by increasing the compensation of the deputy

collector of customs and authorizing the employment of two

boatmen at Sitanki

No. 1564. An act refixing the weight and fineness of the silver coins of the

Philippine Islands for the purpose of preventing the melting

and exportation thereof as a result of an appreciation in the

price of silver, providing for the recoinage of existing silver

coins of the Philippine Islands at the refixed weight and

fineness, to have the same value in gold as those of the corre-

sponding denominations authorized by the act of Congress

approved March 2, 1903, and prescribing a method for

expediting the ready circulation of the new coins...

No. 1565. An act amending section 70 of act No. 1459, “ The corporation

law,” as amended by act No. 1506, by extending the time

within which foreign corporations shall comply with the

provisions of said act..

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No. 1566. An act regulating the free entry of certain railroad material

imported into the Philippine Islands_-:--

No. 1567. An act amending act No. 1496 by extending the time allowed

for the operations of the several boards engaged in the

assessment of land values and also authorizing municipal

boards of assessors to remain in session during the entire

month of December, 1906, and providing for the performance

of additional duties by the supervisor of land assessments,

should the same be required.--

No. 1568. An act to amend section 14 of act No. 1407, entitled “The reor-

ganization act," repealing section 16 of said act and merging

the bureau of port works with the bureau of navigation...

No. 1569. An act amending section 27 of act No. 1461, by providing a per-

manent appropriation for the payment of rewards to per-

sons furnishing original evidence leading to the detection

of violations of the provisions of said act_-

No. 1570. An act amending act No. 1189, by relieving the insular treas-

urer of the custody of internal-revenue stamps and cedulas,

and placing the same in the custody of the collector of in-

ternal revenue..

No. 1571. An act amending sections 74 and 107 of act No. 1189, as

amended

No. 1572. An act providing that one fiscal shall perform the duties of

fiscal for the provinces of Capiz and Romblon, abolishing

the offices of fiscal of Capiz and of Romblon and Palawan as

heretofore authorized by law, fixing the salary of the fiscal

of the two provinces, and making provision for the traveling

expenses of such fiscal --

No. 1573. An act extending from January 1, 1907, to January 1, 1909,

the time within which free patents may be granted to native

settlers upon unreserved and unappropriated agricultural

public lands_

No. 1574. An act continuing in force the existing rate of duty on rice im-

ported into the Philippine Islands_-.

No. 1575. An act so amending act No. 1148, entitled “ The forest act," as

to provide but one scale of taxes on timber for all provinces.

No. 1576. An act to amend act No. 355, entitled "An act to constitute the

customs service of the Philippine Archipelago, and to provide

for the administration thereof," as amended, by providing

a more expeditious method of dealing with small seizures

and by defining the term “officer of the customs

No. 1577. An act to provide for the execution in Bilibid prison of crimi-

nals sentenced to death_

No. 1578. An act authorizing the refund of moneys received at land-tax

sales and interest thereon upon conveyance of such land to

provincial treasurer as trustee by purchaser, extending the

time for the redemption of realty by the delinquent taxpayer

and the reconveyance to him of such real estate by pur-

chaser, providing for the confiscation of such real estate in

case it is not redeemed, and for other purposes.-

No. 1579. An act suspending the collection of the land tax for the calendar

year 1907 in all the provinces of the Philippine Islands

organized under the provisions of act No. 83, and in all the

municipalities therein organized under the provisions of act

No. 82, providing for the reimbursement to the provinces and

municipalities of 50 per cent of the sums which they will

lose by reason of the suspension of the land tax, and appro-

priating toward such reimbursement the sum of P666,927.63

from any funds in the insular treasury not otherwise ap-

propriated

No. 1580. An act making appropriations for certain public works, perma-

nent improvements, and other purposes of the insular govern-

ment.--

No. 1581. An act to equalize and secure uniformity in salaries of provin-

cial governors and treasurers_

No. 1582. An act to provide for the holding of elections in the Philippine

Islands, for the organization of the Philippine assembly, and

for other purposes.-

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No. 1583. An act repealing act No. 1321, entitled "An act abolishing the

office of fiscal for the province of Oriental Negros and pro-

viding that the duties of the fiscal for that province shall be

performed by the fiscal of the province of Cebu," and act No.

1359, amendatory thereof, and re-creating the office of fiscal

for the province of Oriental Negros..

No. 1584. An act amending section 1 of act No. 1555, increasing the num-

ber of municipalities in the province of Tarlac..

No. 1585. An act authorizing the governor-general to appoint a committee

to decide the last protested municipal election held in the

municipality of Malabon, province of Rizal, on September 5,

1906_

No. 1586. An act amending section 785 of act No. 190, entitled "An act

providing a code of procedure in civil actions and special

proceedings in the Philippine Islands," so as to permit poor

persons to prosecute or defend any action or special pro-

ceeding in courts of first instance without being required

to prepay fees.-

No. 1587. An act amending act No. 413, entitled “An act providing for the

control and management of provincial jails and of the prison-

ers therein,” so as to empower provincial boards to cause

prisoners to clean, care for, or repair public buildings and

grounds

No. 1588. An act increasing the number of municipalities in the province

of Bulacan from 13 to 14, by separating from Polo the for-

mer municipality of Obando and giving the latter the terri-

tory which it comprised prior to the passage of act No. 932--

No. 1589. An act granting the Manila Suburban Railways Company an

extension of time within which to complete that portion

of its line eastward of Fort William McKinley ; granting the

right to build a branch line from any point a long its present

line eastward of the barrio of San Pedro Macati, in a

southerly direction to the town of Taguig and to the Laguna

de Bay; and granting the right to transport freight, express

packages, baggage, and the mails over its lines, under reason-

able regulations, and to make reasonable charges for the

No. 1590. An act repealing act No. 1473, entitled “An act providing that

one fiscal shall perform the duties of fiscal for the provinces

of Pampanga and Tarlac, abolishing the offices of fiscal of

the said provinces as heretofore authorized by law, fixing the

salary of the fiscal for the two provinces, and making pro-

vision for traveling expenses for such fiscal,” and providing

that one fiscal shall perform the duties of fiscal for the

provinces of Tarlac and Neuva Ecija, abolishing the office of

fiscal of the latter province and that of fiscal for the prov-

inces of Pampanga and Tarlac as heretofore authorized by

law, and re-creating the office of fiscal for the province of

Pampanga

No. 1591. An act to amend acts Nos. 1507 and 1527, by removing the em-

ployees of the office of the supervising railway expert from

the bureau of public works and establishing it as a separate

and independent office, and making additional appropriation

for the office of the supervising railway expert..

No, 1592. An act amending act No. 1258, entitled “ An act making addi-

tional provisions to those contained in act No. 190, relating

to the exercise of the right of eminent domain in cases where

the exercise of such power is invoked by a railroad corpora-

tion for the purposes of constructing, extending, or operating

its line"

No. 1593. An act to amend section 2 of act No. 1298, as amended by act

No. 1470, by extending the time for the redemption of real

property heretofore forfeited and deeded to municipalities

for nonpayment of taxes, and providing for the redemption

of real property so forfeited and deeded during the year

1907 ...

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