Act No. 506

Real and personal property situated in the Philippines is entitled to protection by the War Damage Corporation of the United States against loss or damage thereto resulting from enemy attack, under the provisions of the following Act passed by the United States Congress on March 27, 1942:

(PUBLIC LAW 506—77TH CONGRESS)
(CHAPTER 198—2D SESSION)

[S. 2198]

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE FINANCING OF THE WAR DAMAGE CORPORATION, TO AMEND THE RECONSTRUCTION FINANCE CORPORATION ACT, AS AMENDED, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Be it enacted, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 5d of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation Act, as amended, is hereby amended by inserting immediately before the fifth paragraph thereof the following new subparagraph:

“(5) To acquire veal estate and any right or interest therein by purchase, lease, condemnation, or otherwise, determined by the Corporation to be necessary or advantageous to the carrying out of any authority vested in any corporation created or organized pursuant to this section. The Corporation is also authorized to sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of any such real estate. Proceedings for such condemnation shall be instituted in the name of the United States pursuant to the provisions of the Act approved August 1, 1888 (25 Stat. 357), as amended, and any real estate already devoted to public use which would be subject to condemnation in proceedings instituted upon application of any officer of the Government shall likewise be subject to condemnation in proceed instituted upon application of the Corporation as herein provided. Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Act approved February 26, 1931 (46 Stat. 1421), as amended, shall be applicable in any such proceeding Any judgment rendered against the United States in any such proceeding shall promptly be paid by the Corporation. Immediately upon the vesting of title in the United States of America in such proceeding, the Secretary of Commerce, by deed executed by him in the name of the United States of America shall transfer the entire title or interest so acquired to the Corporation, and the Corporation shall thereupon have the same rights with respect to any real estate so acquired as it has with respect to real estate acquired by purchase. The power to institute proceedings for condemnation in pursuance of this section shall terminate on June 30, 1944, or upon such earlier date as the Congress by concurrent resolution, or the President by proclamation, may designate, but no such proceedings instituted prior to such termination shall abate by reason thereof.”

SEC. 2. The Reconstruction Finance Corporation Act, as amended, is hereby amended by inserting after section 5e thereof the following new sections:

“SEC. 5f. (a) Any department, agency, or independent establishment of the Government or any corporation all of the capital stock of which is owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the Government is hereby authorized, notwithstanding any other provision of law, to sell, transfer, or lease, with or without consideration, to the Corporation or to any corporation created or organized pursuant to section 5d of this Act, any real estate and any right or interest therein.

“SEC. 5g. (a) The Reconstruction Finance Corporation is hereby directed to continue to supply funds to the War Damage Corporation, a corporation created pursuant to section 5d of this Act; and the amount of notes, bonds, debentures, and other such obligations which the Reconstruction Finance Corporation is authorized to issue and to have outstanding at any one time under existing law hereby increased by an amount sufficient to carry out the provisions of this subsection. Such funds shall be supplied only upon the request of the Secretary of Commerce, with the approval of the President, and the aggregate amount of the funds so supplied shall not exceed $1,000,000,000. The Reconstruction Finance Corporation is authorized to and shall empower the War Damage Corporation to use its funds to provide, through insurance, re-insurance, or otherwise, reasonable protection against loss of or damage to property, real and personal, which may result from enemy attack (including any action taken by the military, naval, or air forces of the United States in resisting enemy attack), with such general exceptions as the War Damage Corporation, with the approval of the Secretary of Commerce, may deem advisable. Such protection shall be made available through the War Damage Corporation on and after a date to be determined and published by the Secretary of Commerce which shall not be later than July 1, 1942, upon the payment of such premium or other charge, and subject to such terms and conditions, as the War Damage Corporation, with the approval of the Secretary of Commerce, may establish, but, in view of the national interest involved, the War Damage Corporation shall from time to time establish uniform rates for each type of property with respect to which such protection is made available, and, in order to establish a basis for such rates, such Corporation shall estimate the average risk of loss on all property of such type in the United States. Such protection shall be applicable only (1) to such property situated in the United States (including the several States and the District of Columbia), the Philippine Islands, the Canal Zone, the Territories and possessions of the United States, and in such other places as may be determined by the President to be under the domination and control of the United States, (2) to such property in transit between any points located in any of the foregoing, and (3) to all bridges between the United States and Canada and between the United States and Mexico: Provided, That such protection shall not be applicable after the date determined by the Secretary of Commerce under this subsection to property in transit upon which the United States Maritime Commission is authorized to provide marine war-risk insurance. The War Damage Corporation, with the approval of the Secretary of Commerce, may suspend, restrict, or otherwise limit such protection in any area to the extent that it may determine to be necessary or advisable in consideration of the loss of control over such area by the United States making it impossible or impracticable to provide such protection in such area.

“(b) Subject to the authorizations and limitations prescribed in subsection (a), any loss or damage to any such property sustained subsequent to December 6, 1941, and prior to the date determined by the Secretary of Commerce under subsection (a), may be compensated by the War Damage Corporation without requiring a contract of insurance or the payment of premium or other charge, and such loss or damage may be adjusted as if a policy covering such property was in fact in force at the time of such loss or damage.”

SEC. 3. The amount of notes, bonds, debentures, arid other such obligations which the Reconstruction Finance Corporation is authorized to issue and have outstanding at any one time under existing law is hereby increased, in addition to the increase authorized in section 2 of this Act, by $2,500,000,000.

Approved, March 27, 1942.

Source: Presidential Museum and Library

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