Act No. 3044

FIFTH PHILIPPINE LEGISLATURE

THIRD SESSION

No. 3044.—An Act making appropriations for public works.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Legislature assembled and by the authority of the same:

SECTION 1. The following sums, or so much thereof as may be necessary, are hereby appropriated, out of any funds in the Insular Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be at the disposal of the Director of Public Works for the purposes mentioned hereunder, subject to the provisions hereinafter set forth.

COMPLETION AND MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND
OTHER UNCLASSIFIED PROJECTS

(a) For the completion of the construction of barracks for the Philippine Constabulary ₱30,000.00
(b) (1) For the completion of normal school buildings 245,000.00
(2) For aid to regularly organized municipalities for the construction or completion of elementary schools 200,000.00
(c) (c) For the construction and completion of the following buildings, including suitable furniture and fixtures and the acquisition and improvement of the necessary grounds: (1) For the use of the Legislature; (2) for nurses’ dormitories at the General Hospital; (3) for buildings for radio stations; (4) for the purchase and construction of masts and towers and material for antenna bases; (5) for the radio station at Basco, including tower; (6) for the engineering laboratory of the University of the Philippines; (7) for the chemical laboratory of the University of the Philippines; (8) for the operating ward at Zamboanga; (9) for the hospital at Kiangan; (10) for offices for the Supreme Court; Provided, however, that the plan of the building for the use of the Legislature shall be approved by the Capitol Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives; Provided, further, That the appropriations made for buildings by this and previous Acts shall, with the approval of the Governor-General also be available for the purchase of the necessary land 1, 050,000.00

Building

Revised total cost

Appropriated in 1921 and previous years

Authorized for 1922

1

₱3,350,000.00

₱1,280,000.00

₱366,000.00

2

820,000.00

500,000.00

320,000.00

3

253,600.00

119,100.00

110,000.00

4

29,000.00

5

150,000.00

100,000.00

6

150,000.00

40,000.00

50,000.00

7

150,000.00

65,000.00

25,000.00

8

30,000.00

15,000.00

15,000.00

9

24,000.00

19,000.00

5,000.00

10

230,000.00

200,000.00

30,000.00

Total

5,157,600.00

2,238,100.00

1,050,000.00

(d) For the maintenance, alteration, improvement, and repair of public buildings, including adjacent lands belonging the same ₱450,000.00
Total available for the completion and maintenance of public buildings and other unclassified projects 1,975,000.00

CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF ROADS AND BRIDGES

(e) For the maintenance and improvement of the Benguet and Naguilian Roads and the road form Camp One to Damortis 100,000.00
(f) For the maintenance, reconstruction and improvement of trails, roads, and bridges in such specially organized provinces as shall comply with the provisions of section 2115 of Act No. 2711 and which, by a resolution of the provincial board, shall guarantee by continuing annual appropriations the establishment of such a system of maintenance as may be necessary in the judgment of the Director of Public Works on all trails, roads, and bridges now constructed or which may be constructed in the future 200,000.00
(g) For the maintenance, reconstruction, improvement, and, where practicable, for the construction of roads and bridges in such regularly organized provinces as shall comply with the provisions of section 2113 of Act No. 2711 and which, by resolution of the provincial board, shall guarantee by continuing annual appropriations the establishment of such a system of maintenance as may be necessary in the judgment of the Director of Public Works on all first-class roads now constructed or which may be constructed in the future and declared as such by the Director of Public Works; to be allotted in proportion to the number of cedulas sold in each province in the year nineteen hundred and twenty-one 1,400,000.00
(h) For the construction and improvement, and where necessary, for the maintenance of interprovincial roads and bridges, including roads and bridges uniting one region with another in the same province, or between provinces which, by resolution of the provincial board, shall guarantee by continuing annual appropriations the establishment of such a system of maintenance as may be necessary in the opinion of the Director of Public Works, on all first-class roads at present constructed or which in the future may be constructed or which in the future may be constructed, and are so declared by the Director of Public Works ₱535,000.00
(i) (1) For the maintenance, reconstruction, and improvement of the Manila North and South Roads traversing the Province of Rizal, parts of Bulacan, Laguna La Union, and Nueva Ecija, including a portion of the Manila-Tarlac Road; the Zapote-Cavite Road, Province of Cavite, and the Pamplona-Pasacao Road, Province of Camarines Sur ₱333,000; (2) for the reconstruction and repair of road and bridges destroyed by flood, typhoon, fire, or earthquake, ₱100,000 433,000.00
(j) For the construction, repair, and improvement of communications and bridges in such regularly organized provinces as shall comply with the provisions of section 2113 of Act No. 2711 and which, by resolution of the provincial board, shall guarantee by continuing annual appropriations the establishment of such a system of maintenance as may be necessary in the judgment of the Director of Public Works on all first-class roads now constructed or which may be constructed in the future and declared as such by the Director of Public Works 577,000.00

MAINTENANCE AND INVESTIGATION OF IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

(k) For the preliminary investigation and survey of irrigation systems, waterworks, hydraulic power development and river control projects; for the survey of streams; for the operation, maintenance, and repair of irrigation systems, and for the completion of municipal irrigation system 297,000.00
Provided, That the use of water for private land, the construction of irrigation projects, and the financing of the same shall be subject only to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Irrigation Council, the provisions of Acts Numbered Eighteen hundred and fifty-four, Twenty-one hundred and fifty-two, and Twenty-six hundred and fifty-two, and any other Act now in force to the contrary notwithstanding.
(l) For expenses of investigation of applications for the use of water supply, and power systems; and for the adjudication of the rights to streams; and for the adjudication of the rights to streams designated by the Secretary of Commerce and Communications ₱40,000.00
Total available for the maintenance and investigation of irrigation systems 337,000.00

CONSTRUCTION OF ARTESIAN WELLS AND WATERWORKS

(m) For aid in supplying potable water in specially organized provinces 14,000.00
(n) For the maintenance and drilling of artesian wells, including the purchase of necessary equipment, and for the investigation and construction of Insular, provincial, and municipal waterworks, and for the investigation, construction, reconstruction extension of baths and other sanitary improvements for the development and utilization of properly tested and approved mineral springs, whenever, in cases or provincial and municipal projects, the provinces and municipalities concerned shall adopt resolutions for the appropriation of funds covering the cost of one-third of the work 600,000.00
Provided, That the funds appropriated by provinces and municipalities  to cover the cost of one-third of the work shall be paid into the Insular Treasury when the Director of Public Works shall have paid the cost thereof: Provided, further, That any municipality or province which by virtue of the provisions of this Act shall incur the expense of an artesian well resulting in a failure, shall have the amounts expended returned to it: Provided, finally, That the amount allotted out of this appropriation to a municipality or province as Insular aid shall in no case exceed at one time the sum of twenty-five thousand pesos.
Total available for the construction of artesian wells and waterworks 614,000.00

PORT AND RIVER IMPROVEMENTS

(o) For the maintenance, reconstruction, completion, and improvement of wharves and piers and dredging in the specially organized provinces ₱100,00.00
(p) For the completion and maintenance of wharves, piers, retaining walls, and other works necessary for the protection of the shores of rivers of the sea; the purchase, maintenance, and repair of equipment for port works, and dredging of harbors in the various districts of the Archipelago 1,475,000.00
Provided, That subject to the approval of the Secretary of Commerce and Communications and with such security as he may require material derived from dredging may be used for filling in private property at the request of any landowner, upon the condition that the cost thereof shall be paid by the owner of the land in annual installments not to extend over more than five years: And provided, further, That claims for damages due to marine accidents incidental to the operation of port equipment may be paid subject to like approval. The total of such payments out of funds appropriated by this subsection shall not exceed ten thousand pesos.
Total available for port and river improvements 1,575,000.00

CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, AND MAINTENANCE OF TELEGRAPHS, TELEPHONES, CABLES, AND RADIOS

(q) For the continuation, maintenance, construction, reconstruction and repair of cable, telegraph and telephone lines 420,000.00
(r) For the purchase and installation of apparatus, machinery, and wiring in radio stations 127,000.00
Total available for the reconstruction and maintenance of telegraphs, telephones, cables, and radios 547,000.00

RECONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF LIGHTHOUSES, BUOYS, AND BEACONS

(s) For the maintenance, reconstruction, and repair of lighthouses, buoys, and beacons, and for necessary repairs to mechanical equipment of lighthouses and other equipment ₱125,000.00
Total available for the reconstruction and maintenance of lighthouses, buoys, and beacons 125,000.00
Grand Total of the appropriation made in this Act—Eight million four hundred and eighteen thousand pesos 8,418,000.00

SEC. 2. All balances of the several appropriations made by this Act the destination of which has not yet been determined by the proper authority on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and twenty-three, and all balances of appropriations which remain unexpended in June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and twenty-four, shall revert to the unappropriated funds in the Insular Treasury, and thereafter shall not be available for expenditure except upon appropriation by the Legislature.

SEC. 3. The sums appropriated in paragraphs (c), (g), (l), and (s) of this Act shall be available for immediate expenditure by the Director of Public Works, but those appropriated in the other paragraphs shall be distributed in the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce and Communications, subject to the approval of a joint committee elected by the Senate and the House of Representatives. The committee from each House may authorize one of its members to approve the distribution made by the Secretary of Commerce and Communications, who with the approval of said joint committee, or of the authorized members thereof may, for the purposes of said distribution, transfer unexpended portions of any item of appropriation under this Act to any other item hereunder.

SEC. 4. This Act shall take effect on its approval.

Approved, March 10, 1922