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Commonwealth Act No. 542

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COMMONWEALTH ACT NO. 542

COMMONWEALTH ACT NO. 542* - AN ACT TO CREATE A CORPORATION TO BE KNOWN AS THE GIRL SCOUTS OF THE PHILIPPINES, AND TO DEFINE ITS POWERS AND PURPOSES

Section 1. Concepcion R. Gonzales, Trinidad F. Legarda, Emilia Q. Lim, Concepcion M. Gil, Marina Y. Vargas, Pilar Hidalgo Lim, Josefa Llanes Escoda, Helena Z. Benitez, Maria Aurora Quezon, Lulu Reyes, Lily de las Alas, Leni Alano, Erlinda Kalaw, Betty Magalona, Lourdes Ledesma, Minerva G. Laudico, all of Manila, Philippines, their associates and successors, are created a body corporate, by the name, style, and title of "Girl Scouts of the Philippines" (hereinafter called the corporation). They shall constitute the first Central Board and shall serve until their successors and elected and have qualified. The principal office of the corporation shall be in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

Section2. The said corporation shall have perpetual succession, with power to sue and be sued; to acquire, hold, and convey such real and personal estate, rights and choses in action as shall be necessary for corporate purposes, and to receive funds, real and personal property by gift, devise, bequest or other means; to adopt a seal; to have offices and conduct its business and affairs in the Metropolitan Manila area and in the provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays of the Philippines; to make and adopt by-laws, and generally do all acts and exercise all powers of a corporation under Act 1459 as amended as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Act and promote the purpose of said corporation.

Section3. The purpose of this organization is to help girls realize the ideals of womanhood and prepare themselves for their responsibilities in the home, the nation, and the world community. To carry out this purpose, the corporation shall be the directing and coordinating head of the Girl Scout Movement in the Philippines, and shall fix and maintain standards which will inspire every generation with the highest ideals of citizenship, character, conduct, attainment, and international understanding. 3

Section4. The Girl Scouts of the Philippines is non-stock, non-profit, non-sectarian, non-political, independent, and voluntary but it shall willingly cooperate with other entities, public and private, whose ideals and procedures are in accord with those conferred or authorized by this Act. 4

Section5. The governing body of the corporation shall be the Central Board composed of the following:

a) the First Lady of the Philippines who shall be the Chief Girl Scout;

b) the Charter and the Life Members, in no case to exceed sixteen (16) number;

c) an equal number of representatives from the private sector,

d) the Regional chairpersons of the Girl Scout Regions of the Philippines;

e) the representatives from the Government sector, namely the following, or their equivalents:

1) The Secretary of Foreign Affairs

2) The Secretary of Finance

3) The Secretary of Education & Culture

4) The Secretary of Labor

5) The Secretary of National Defense

6) The Executive Secretary

7) The Secretary of Social Welfare 4a

8) The Secretary of Local Government and Community Development

9) The Secretary of Youth and Sports Development

f) the President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines

g) One Senior Girl Scout from each Girl Scout Region to represent the girl membership;

h) three representatives from the cultural minorities.

Except for the Regional Chairpersons and the Senior Girl Scout regional representatives who shall be elected by their respective Regions, all the abovementioned members of the Central Board shall be by appointment or by co-option, subject to ratification by the Chief Girl Scout and confirmation by the President of the Philippines.

The Central Board shall have the power to make and to amend the Constitution and by-laws, create Standing and Special Committees, and provide such policies and procedures as may be necessary to carry on the business of the corporation.

The by-laws may prescribe the number of members of the Central Board necessary to constitute a quorum of the Board, which number may be less than a majority of the whole number of the Board.

The Central Board shall meet regularly at least twice a year at a time and place to be designated in the by-laws.

The Chief Girl Scout shall be the head of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. The Central Board shall elect from among themselves the other officers of the corporation, to wit, the National President, the First Vice-President, the Second Vice-President, the National Secretary, the Asst. National Secretary, the National Treasurer, and the Asst. National Treasurer. 5

Section6. There shall be an Executive Committee composed of all the officers and chairpersons of Standing Committees which shall be responsible or implementing the policies and decisions of the National Council and the Central Board. 6

Section7. There shall be a National Council which shall serve as a forum for guidelines, directions and evaluation of the Girl Scout Movement. It shall be composed of the members of the Central Board and the President of the Girl Scout Councils or their duly designated representatives, and such number of elected delegates from each Council as may be prescribed in the by-laws. 7

Section8. Any donation or contribution which from time to time may be made to the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, by the government or any of its subdivisions, branches, offices, agencies or instrumentalities shall be administered by the central board in pursuance of this Act.

All donations made to the Girl Scouts of the Philippines shall be free from the payment of taxes on donations, and the corporation shall be exempt from the payment of all taxes, duties, imposts and other charges. 8

Section9. On or before the first day of May of each year, the said corporation shall make and transmit to the President of the Philippines a report of its proceedings for the year ending December, thirty first preceding, including a full, complete, and itemized report of receipts and expenditures of whatever kind. 9

Section10. From and after the passage of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person within the jurisdiction of the Philippines to falsely and fraudulently call herself as or represent herself to be a member of or an agent for, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines; and any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act shall be punished by imprisonment of not to exceed six months or a fine of not exceeding five hundred pesos, or both, in the discretion of the court. 10

Section11. The provisions of Act 1459 as amended shall be applicable to this corporation for all matters not provided herein. 11

Section12. Until such time as the reorganization and restructuring of the Central Board in accordance with Sec. 5 as amended herein is effected, an Ad Interim body is hereby appointed with the Honorable Carlos P. Romulo as Interim Chairman and is hereby authorized to designate the members of the Committees for restructuring and reorganization. In the meantime, the present administrative set-up shall be maintained to conduct the affairs of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and to take the necessary steps to effect the reorganization within six (6) months from date of this decree. 12

Section13. This Act shall take effect immediately. 13

Approved: May 26, 1940.

Footnotes
* As amended by RA 4375 and PD 720.

1. Words in bold in the text above are amendments introduced by PD 720, section 1, promulgated June 2, 1975.

Statutory History of section 1:

a) Original text

Section 1. Concepcion R. Gonzales, Trinidad F. Legarda, Emilia Q. Lim, Concepcion M, Gil, Marina Y, Vargas, Pilar Hidalgo Lim, Josefa Llanes Escoda, Helena Z. Benitez, Maria Aurora Quezon, Lulu Reyes, Lily de las Alas, Leni Alano, Erlinda Kalaw, Betty Magalona, Lourdes Ledesma, Minerva G. Laudico, all of Manila, Philippines, their associates and successors, are created a body corporate, [under the control, direction, and supervision of the Commissioner on Health and Public Welfare,] by the name, style, and title of "Girl Scouts of the Philippines" (hereinafter called the corporation). The principal office of the corporation shall be in the City of Manila, Philippines. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in RA 4375, infra.)

b) Words in bold in the text immediately following are amendments introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1965.

Section 1. Concepcion R. Gonzales, Trinidad F. Legarda, Emilia Q. Lim, Concepcion M, Gil, Marina Y, Vargas, Pilar Hidalgo Lim, Josefa Llanes Escoda, Helena Z. Benitez, Maria Aurora Quezon, Lulu Reyes, Lily de las Alas, Leni Alano, Erlinda Kalaw, Betty Magalona, Lourdes Ledesma, Minerva G. Laudico, all of Manila, Philippines, their associates and successors, are created a body corporate, by the name, style, and title of "Girl Scouts of the Philippines" (hereinafter called the corporation.) The principal office of the corporation shall be in [the City of] Manila, [Philippines, and for administrative purposes, it shall be under the President of the Philippines.] (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in PD 720, supra.)

2. Words in bold in the text above are amendments introduced by PD 720, section II,
promulgated June 2, 1975.

Statutory History of section 2:

a) Original text

Sec. 2. The said corporation shall have perpetual succession, with power to sue and be sued; to hold such real and personal estate as shall be necessary for corporate purposes, and to receive real and personal property by gift, devise, or bequest; to adopt a seal; to have offices and conduct its business and affairs in the City of Manila and in the several provinces, cities, municipalities, and barrios of the Philippines; to make and adopt by-laws, [which shall be submitted to the approval of the Commissioner on Health and Public Welfare,] and generally to do all [such] acts and [things (including the establishment of regulations for the election of associates and successors)] as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Act and promote the purposes of said corporation. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in RA 4375, infra.)

b) Words in bold in the text immediately following are amendments introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1965.

Sec. 2. The said corporation shall have perpetual succession, with power to sue and be sued; to hold such real and personal estate as shall be necessary for corporate purposes, and to receive real and personal property by gift, devise, or bequest; to adopt a seal; to have offices and conduct its business and affairs in the [City of] Manila and in [the several] provinces, cities, municipalities and [barrios] of the Philippines; to make and adopt by-laws, and generally [to] do all acts and exercise all powers of a corporation under Act 1459 as amended as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Act and promote the purposes of said corporation. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in PD 720, supra.)

3. Word in bold in the text above is an amendment introduced by PD 720, section 111, promulgated June 2, 1975,

Statutory History of section 3:

a) Original text

Sec. 3. The purposes of this organization [is] to help girls from seven to eighteen years of age to realize the ideals of womanhood, as a preparation for their responsibilities in the home and service to the community and in the realization of this purpose the corporation shall be [the] directing and coordinating head of the Girl Scout Movement in the Philippines, and shall fix and maintain standards for the movement which will inspire the rising generation with the highest ideals for citizenship, character, conduct, and attainment. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in RA 4375, infra.)

b) Word in bold in the text immediately following is an amendment introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1965.

Sec. 3. The purposes of this organization are to help girls [from seven to eighteen years of age] to realize the ideals of womanhood, [as a preparation] for their responsibilities in the home and [service to] the community [and in the realization of this] purpose the corporation shall be directing and coordinating head of the Girl Scout Movement in the Philippines, and shall fix and maintain standards [for the movement] which will [insure the rising] generation with the highest ideals of citizenship, character, conduct, and attainment. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in PD 720, supra.)

4. Words in bold in the text above are amendments introduced by PD 720, section IV, promulgated June 2, 1975.

Statutory History of section 4:

a) Original text

Sec. 4. The Girl Scout [Corporation] is non-sectarian and non-political but its units shall willingly cooperate with educational and other groups whose ideals and procedure are in accord with those conferred or authorized by this Act. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets was deleted in RA 4375, infra.)

b) Words in bold in the text immediately following are amendments introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1965.

Sec. 4. The Girl Scouts of the Philippines is non-sectarian and non-political but [its units shall] willingly cooperate with [educational and] other [groups] whose ideals and procedure are in accord with those conferred or authorized by this Act. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in PD 720, supra)

4a. as Now Secretary of Social Services and Development.

5. Words in bold in the text above are amendments introduced by PD 720, section V, promulgated June 2, 1975.

Statutory History of section 5:

a) Original text

Sec. 5. The governing body of the [said] corporation shall [consist of an executive board composed of residents of the Philippines.] The number, qualifications, and terms of office of members of the executive board shall be prescribed by the by-laws. The persons mentioned in section one of this Act shall constitute the first [executive] board and shall serve until their successors are elected and have qualified. [Vacancies in the executive board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining members thereof. The by-laws may prescribe the number of members of the executive board necessary to constitute a quorum of the board which number may be less than a majority of the whole number of the board. The executive] board shall have power to make and to amend the by-laws, [and, by a two-thirds vote of the whole board at a meeting called for this purpose, may authorize and cause to be executed mortgages and liens upon the property of the corporation. The executive board may, by resolution passed by a majority of the whole board, designate three or more of their number] to constitute an executive or governing committee, of which a majority shall constitute a quorum, which committee, to the extent provided in said resolution [or in the by-laws of the corporation,] shall have and exercise the powers of the [executive] board in the management of the [business] affairs of the corporation, and may have power to authorize the seal of the corporation to be affixed to all papers which may require it. The executive board, by the affirmative vote of a majority of the whole board, may appoint any other standing committees, and such standing committees shall have and may exercise such powers as shall be conferred or authorized by the [by-laws. With the consent in writing and pursuant to an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of said corporation, the executive board shall have authority to dispose in any manner of the whole property of the corporation.] (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in RA 4375, infra.)

b) Words in bold in the text immediately following are amendments introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1975.

Sec. 5. The governing body of the corporation shall be vested in a Central Board composed of [twenty-four (24) members elected by the National Council to serve for a term of three years or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified. The National Council shall be composed of the members of the Central Board, Presidents of the Local Councils and the duly elected delegates from each Local Council. Each local Council shall be entitled to one delegate for every five hundred members. The number, qualifications, and terms of office of members of the executive board shall be prescribed by the by-laws. The person mentioned in section one of this Act shall constitute the first central board and shall serve until their successors are elected and have qualified. Central board shall have the power to make and to amend the by-laws. Unless otherwise prescribed by this Act, the by-laws shall provide for the time, place and manner of calling and conducting regular or special meetings of the central board and the time and manner of calling and conducting regular or special meetings of the National Council; the number of members necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at meetings of the National Council and the central board; the qualifications and conditions upon which person may be admitted to the corporation and the conditions upon which members shall be entitled to vote; the qualifications and duties of the members of the central board and officers; the time for holding the election of the members of the central board and the mode and manner of giving notice thereof; the manner of election and the term of office of all officers elected by the central board; and such other matters not otherwise provided for by this Act as may be necessary for the proper or convenient transaction of the business of corporation. The central board shall, by resolution passed by a majority of the whole board, designate the officers of the corporation; namely: The National President, the First Vice-President, the Second Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Chairman of standing and special committees it may create to constitute an executive or governing committee, of which a majority shall constitute a quorum, which committee, to the extent provided in said resolution shall have and exercise the powers of the central board in the management of the affairs of the corporation, subject to its ratification, and may have the power to authorize the seal of the corporation to be affixed to all papers which may require it. The central board, by the affirmative vote of a majority of the whole board, may appoint any other standing and special Committees and such standing and special committees shall have and may exercise such powers as shall be conferred or authorized by the board.] The central board shall elect a National President [who shall be the executive officer of the corporation, a] first Vice-President, [a] second Vice-President, [a] Secretary, [a] Treasurer, and [an] Assistant Treasurer. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in PD 720, supra.)

6. Words in bold in the text above are amendments introduced by PD 720, section VI, promulgated June 2, 1975.

Statutory History of section 6:

a) Original text

Sec. 6. An [annual] meeting of the (incorporators and their associates,] shall be held once in every [year] after the year of incorporation, at such time and place as shall be prescribed in the by-laws, for the purpose of making reports and transacting such other business as may come before the meeting. Special meetings of the corporation may be called upon such notice as may be prescribed in the by-laws. The number of members which shall constitute a quorum at any annual or special meeting shall be prescribed in the by-laws. The [members and executive] board shall have power to hold their meetings and keep the seals, books, documents, and papers of the corporation within or without the City of Manila. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in RA 4375, infra.)

b) Words in bold in the text immediately following are amendments introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1975.

Sec. 6. [A triennial meeting of the National Council, shall be held once in every three years after the year of incorporation, at such time and place as shall be prescribed in the by-laws, for the purpose of making reports and transacting such other business as may come before the meeting. Special meetings of the corporation may be called upon such notice as may be prescribed in the by-laws. The number of members which shall constitute a quorum at any annual or special meeting shall be prescribed in the by-laws. The central board shall have the power to hold their meetings and keep the seals, books, documents, and papers of the corporation within or without the City of Manila.] (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in PD 720, supra.)

7. Words in bold in the text above are amendments introduced by PD 720, section VI, promulgated June 2, 1975.

Statutory History of section 7:

a) Original text

Sec. 7. The corporation created by this Act shall adopt distinctive badges, uniforms, [and] insignia and shall be made available to and used only by registered Girl Scouts or officials who have satisfactorily complied with the international requirements prescribed by the World Bureau of this movement and which the Girl Scouts of the Philippines shall use in carrying out its program in accordance with the purposes of this Act. (Ed. Note: Word in brackets was deleted in RA 4375, infra.)

b) Words in bold in the text immediately following are amendments introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1965.

Sec. 7. [The corporation created by this Act shall adopt distinctive badges, uniforms, insignias, and other equipments and shall be made available to and used only by registered Girl Scouts or officials who have satisfactorily complied with the international requirements prescribed by the World Bureau of this Movement and which the Girl Scouts of the Philippines shall use in carrying out its program in accordance with the purposes of this Act. The corporation shall cause the registration of said badges, uniforms, insignias, and other equipments in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act Numbered One hundred sixty-six, and the patent office is hereby directed to cause said registration free of charge.] (Ed, Note: Words in brackets were deleted in PD 720, supra.)

8. Words in bold in the text above are amendments introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1965.

Statutory History of section 8:

Original text

Sec. 8. Any donation or contribution which from time to time may be made to the Girl Scouts of the Philippines by the Government or any of its subdivisions, branches, offices, agencies or instrumentalities shall be [expended] by the [executive] board in pursuance of this Act. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in RA 4375, supra.)

9. Word in bold in the text above is an amendment introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1965.

Statutory History of section 9:

Original text

Sec. 9. On or before the first day of [April] of each year, the said corporation shall make and transmit to the President of the Philippines a report of its proceedings for the year ending December thirty-first preceding, including a full, complete, and itemized report of receipts and expenditures of whatever kind. (Ed. Note: Word in brackets was deleted in RA 4375, supra.)

10. Words in bold in the text above are amendments introduced by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1965.

Statutory History of section 10:

Original text

Section 10. From and after the passage of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person within the jurisdiction of the Philippines to falsely and fraudulently call [himself out] as, or represent [himself] to be, a member of, or an agent for, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines; and any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act shall be punished by imprisonment of not to exceed six months or a fine not exceeding five hundred pesos, or both, in the discretion of the court. (Ed. Note: Words in brackets were deleted in RA 4375, supra.)

11. Added by RA 4375, section 1, approved June 19, 1965.

12. Inserted by PD 720, section VII, promulgated June 2, 1975.

13. Word in bold in the text above is an amendment introduced by PD 720, section VIII, promulgated June 2, 1975.
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