FULLON TO LOCAL CHIEFS OF PUEBLOS, FEBRUARY 20, 1900
[Original in Spanish. L.S. P.I.R., 977.3.]
FEBRUARY 20, 1900.
To the Local Chiefs of the pueblos mentioned in the margin.
With great regret I have observed that the economic department of
the administration of this province is hampered with much stupidity in its
conduct which causes serious prejudice both to the State and to our social
and political standing. In order to strike at the root of these evils, which
are due to various causes, though principally to the lack of zeal on the
part of those in charge of this department in the pueblos and to the want
of a form that might serve them as a basis for good organization; and
seconding the wishes of the Government of the Nation, I have seen fit to
decree the following rules:
The popular boards will, as soon as possible, form their budgets of receipts
and expenditures for the fiscal year of 1900, taking as a basis and
model the same budgets of the municipalities created by the Royal Decree of
the 19th of May, 1893, of the Spanish Government with the reforms introduced
by the budget law in force, in accordance with the model accompanying
herewith, and following wholly the regulations for its execution published
in "La Gaceta de Manila" of the same year, excepting the item of billiards
which should be eliminated from the list of receipts.
There remains but one more thing for me to state, and that is, that
the products and sales of rural properties, formerly belonging to the
religious corporations, shall not be classed under local funds but under the
State the same as the industrial tax and other taxes which never have
belonged to the municipality, forming them under separate accounts,
according to orders I have already given, and as preliminary documents you
will remit to this Headquarters the list of tax-payers of the certificate of
citizenship, list of the business men and of the lessees of the Treasury lands.
In order to furnish the pueblos facilities in the formation of their
budgets, I have deemed it proper to continue the old local system of administration,
at least, provisionally; advising them that those local departments
whose service might cause trouble to the work of the municipality,
especially during the present state of affairs, should be sold at public
auction under specifications which shall be registered in document form.
[In other words a monopoly of such things as ferries, slaughter houses etc.
could be leased to the highest bidder. - TRANSLATOR.]
You shall proceed to collect 50% on burials and on the license fees for
fiestas, which intention you will communicate to the parish priests of
your respective pueblos, transcribing to them this decree in so far as is
necessary, giving them a copy of the accompanying form of budget for
their information and compliance of that part thereof which concerns
Let this be transmitted from one pueblo to another and the last one
will return it to me with the acknowledgments of all.
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS OF TIERRA ALTA, February 20, 1900.
(Signed) LEANDRO FULLON,
Politico-Military Governor Gen'l.