RESIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT
OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 1193
DECLARING OCTOBER 21ST AS TENANTS’ EMANCIPATION DAY.
WHEREAS, on October 21, 1972, Presidential Decree No. 27 emancipating tenants from the bondage of tenancy was promulgated, extending the coverage of the land reform program to all lands devoted primarily to rice and corn tilled by tenants and setting forth in accelerated motion the implementation of the program;
WHEREAS, the promulgation of the Decree itself was acclaimed as a historic act of Government;
WHEREAS, during the one year period since October 21, 1972, the land reform program was implemented vigorously and at a pace never before achieved;
WHEREAS, the farmers, themselves, through their organizations have expressed satisfaction over the implementation of the land reform program, although, the government believes that much more has to be done, and is endeavoring to upgrade the mechanism for its implementation and to provide funds necessary for it;
WHEREAS, in view of the accelerated implementation of land reform program during the last one year period, farmers have sent in petitions that October 21 of every year be proclaimed as Tenants’ Emancipation Day as a manifestation of their satisfaction over the program.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers in me vested by the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and pursuant to Proclamation No. 1081, dated September 21, 1972 and General Order No. 1, dated September 22, 1972, as amended, do hereby declare October 21, 1973 and every year thereafter as Tenants’ Emancipation Day.
I further order that the Department of Agrarian Reform shall attend to its appropriate observance every year in cooperation with the tenants or their organizations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 19th day of October, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-three.
(SGD.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS
President of the Philippines
By the President:
(SGD.) ALEJANDRO MELCHOR