Act No. 2360

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ACT NO. 2360

ACT NO. 2360 - AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE SALE OF THE LAND KNOWN AS THE SAN LAZARO ESTATE, IN THE CITY OF MANILA


Section 1. The lands commonly known as the San Lazaro estate, in the city of Manila, which are under the control and administration of the Insular Government, by virtue of Act Numbered Seventeen hundred and twenty-four of the Philippine Commission, confirming and ratifying the agreement made between the Secretary of War of the United States of North America, representing the Government of the Philippine Islands, and the Archbishop of Manila, representing the Roman Catholic Church, dated the eighth of June, nineteen hundred and seven, are hereby set aside to be sold, either at public auction or by private sale, as hereinafter provided.

Sec. 2. Within nine months from the date of the passage of this Act each of the present occupants or tenants shall be entitled to purchase a lot, or any of the lots of lands occupied by him, the area whereof shall not be in excess of fifteen hundred square meters if it is for a residence or six thousand square meters if for other purposes at a price to be fixed by the Director of Lands, not more than the valuation at which they are now assessed by the Collector of Internal Revenue, payable in semiannual installments within a period of not more than fifteen years if for a residences and not more than five years if for other purposes: Provided, That the purchaser who shall have selected the period of fifteen years in which to pay for the lot purchased by him for residence purposes shall, after the first ten years, be compelled to pay the land tax on said lot, the provisions of section five of this Act to the contrary notwithstanding.

Sec. 3. Any lots or parcels not sold in accordance with the last preceding section shall be sold at public auction at a price not less than their assessed value and payment may be made on cash terms or in installments which shall in no case exceed one year. The purchaser shall be obliged to respect any contract of lease that the Director of Lands may have made prior thereto with respect to the lot sold.

Sec. 4. Until complete payment of the purchase price of each lot or parcel sold, deferred payments shall bear interest at the rate of six per centum per annum.

Sec. 5. The title to any lot under the provisions of this Act shall not be deemed to be conveyed until the purchaser shall have fully paid all installments on the purchase price and interest thereon, and any scale or encumbrance thereof shall be null and void as against the Government of the Philippine Islands and shall be in all respects subordinate to its prior claim.

Sec. 6. In the event of the death of a purchaser prior to the complete payment of the price of the parcel or lot purchased, his heirs or successors shall succeed in all his rights and obligations. In case a purchaser shall have conveyed or sold to another his interest in the lot or parcel purchased by him before complete payment thereof, such person shall succeed him in all his rights upon presenting his assignment to the Director of Lands for registration.

Sec. 7. In the event that a purchaser is delinquent in the payment of two or more semiannual installments, the Director of Lands, in order to protect the Government from loss, may bring suit for the recovery of the installments and interest due, or for the total amount of the purchase price unpaid, with interest thereon, and to enforce the lien of the Government against the land by selling the same in the manner provided by Act Numbered One hundred and ninety for the foreclosure of mortgages. In the event of such sale the purchaser at such sale shall acquire a good and indefeasible title. The proceeds of sale shall be applied to the payment of the costs of court and of all installments due or to become due on such land, and the surplus, if any, shall be returned to the original purchaser or his representative.

Sec. 8. Within a period of two months from and after the passage of this Act, the Director of Lands shall prepare regulations, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, prescribing the form and manner of effecting the sale at public auction of the lots not sold to occupants or tenants, and all such rules as he may deem necessary for the strict compliance with the provisions of this Act.

Sec. 9. The Director of Lands, or any other person who, through any circumstance, may be substituted for him in the Bureau or Department which may hereafter intervene in the administration of said lands, is hereby authorized: To make the sales prescribed by this Act; to receive full or part payment for any parcel or lot sold; to grant acquittances, and to sign, on the behalf of the Government of the Philippine Islands, with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, the proper title deeds in favor of the purchasers who have completely paid the purchase price.

Sec. 10. All sums collected by virtue of this Act shall constitute a special fund set aside exclusively for the care and welfare of lepers in the Philippine Islands, to be expended upon appropriation by the Philippine Legislature for the aforesaid purpose.

ENACTED, February 28, 1914.

AMENDING PROVISIONS OF LAW
Act No. 2478

Section 1. Section two of Act Numbered twenty three hundred and sixty, entitled "An Act providing for the sale of the land known as the San Lazaro estate, in the City of Manila," is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Sec. 2. Prior to July first, nineteen hundred and fifteen, all bona fide occupants of the said estate shall be entitled to purchase all the lands occupied by them or their legal representatives as shown by the records of the bureau of lands, not to exceed fifteen hundred square meters for residential and twelve thousand square meters for charitable, religious, or any other purposes, at a price to be fixed by the Director of Lands with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior not to exceed the value at which said lands are now assessed by the city assessor and collector Manila, and the purchase price may be paid cash down or in semi-annual installment within a period of not more than fifteen years, and the purchasers shall be compelled to pay the cost of the surveys necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act, which shall be added to the sale value of the lands surveyed. Land or lands purchased in accordance with provisions of this Act shall be subject to the payment of the land tax, like any other property, from the date of the execution of the contract covering for them.

"For the purpose of this Act, lands purchased by the City of Manila shall be considered as residential lots, without limitation as to area, and the actual cost of the improvements made on said lots by the city of Manila shall be deducted from the price thereof." (Enacted, February 5, 1915).

Act. No. 2763

Section 1. Section two of Act Numbered Twenty-three hundred and sixty, entitled "An Act providing for the sale of the land known as the San Lazaro estate, in the City of Manila, "as amended by section one of Act. Numbered Twenty-four hundred and seventy-eight, is hereby further amended so as read as follows:

Sec. 2. All bona fide tenants or occupants of said estate, registered as such before the end of the month of February, nineteen hundred and eighteen, in the records of the Bureau of Lands, shall be entitled to purchase, until December thirty-one of said year nineteen hundred and eighteen, such lands on said records show to be occupied or leased by said tenants or occupants or by their lawful representatives, but the total area of such lands shall not exceed fifteen hundred square meters if for residential purposes and twelve thousand square meters if for charitable or other purposes, at a price to be fixed by the Director of Lands, with the approval of the Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources, not to exceed the value at which such lands are now assessed by the city assessor and collector of Manila, which said price may be paid in cash or in equal semi-annual installments extending over a period of not more than fifteen years. To this price shall be added the cost of surveying the land or lands so purchased, and beginning with the day on which the contract for the sale is signed, whether it be for cash or on the installment plan, said lands shall be subject to the payment of the land tax, which shall be on the account of the purchaser.

"For the purposes of this Act, lands purchased by the City of Manila shall be considered as residential lots, without limitations as to area, and the actual cost of the improvements made on said lots by the City of Manila shall be deducted from the price thereof." (Approved: Mar. 2, 1918.)

Sec. 3. Any lots of parcels not sold in accordance with the last proceeding section shall be sold at public auction at a price not less than their assessed value and payments may be made on cash terms or in installments which shall in no case exceed one year. The purchaser shall be obliged to respect any contract or lease that the Director of Lands may have made prior thereto with respect to the lot sold.

Act. No. 2478

Sec. 2. Section three of said Act Numbered Twenty-three hundred and sixty, entitled "An Act providing for the sale of the land known as the San Lazaro estate, in the city of Manila," is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Sec. 3. Any occupied lands not sold in accordance with the last proceeding section may be leased in accordance with the provisions of Act Numbered Twenty-two hundred and thirty or sold at auction at a price not less than their assessed value, fixed by the Director of Lands with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, and payment shall be made as provided in the last preceding section hereof.

"Vacant lands may be leased for a period not to exceed fifteen years or sold at public auction for cash, at a price not less than their assessed value to be fixed by the Director of Lands with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior: Provided, That at the expiration of the leases herein provided, all lands covered thereby shall be offered for sale at public auction, for cash.

"The purchasers of lands at public auction shall respect any contract of lease that the Director of Lands may have made prior thereto.

"If the purchasers at public auction are not leases themselves, they shall pay to the owners of the improvements made on said lands the value thereof, which shall be agreed upon between the Director of Lands and the owners of said improvements." (Enacted, February 5, 1915).

Act No. 2763

Sec. 2. Section three of the same Act as amended by section two of Act Numbered Twenty-four hundred and Seventy-eight, is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 3. Beginning with January one, nineteen hundred and nineteen, any lands not sold in accordance with the last preceding section may be leased under the provisions of Act Numbered Twenty-two hundred and thirty or sold at auction at a price not less than their assessed value, to be fixed by the Director of Lands with the approval of the Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and payment may be made either in cash or in equal semi-annual installments extending over a period not to exceed eight years. The lands as sold shall be subject to the payment of the land tax which shall accrue against the purchaser from the day of signing the contrast of sale.

"The purchaser shall respect any contract of lease that the Government may have made prior to the sale.

"If the purchasers at public auction are not the leases themselves, they shall pay to the owners of the improvements made on said lands the value thereof, if said owners prefer this which value shall be agreed upon between the Director of Lands and the owners of said improvements." (Approved: Mar. 2, 1918).

Sec. 4. Until complete payments of the purchase price of each lot or parcel sold, deferred payments shall bear interest at the rate of six per centum per annum.

Act. No. 2478

Sec. 3. Section four of said Act Numbered Twenty-three hundred and sixty is likewise amended, so as to read as follows:

Sec. 4. Deferred payments of the price of the lands sold under the provisions of this Act for residential, charitable, and religious purposes shall bear interest at the rate of four per centum per annum, and on lands sold for any other purpose at six and one-half per centum per annum." (Enacted, February 5, 1915.)

Sec. 5. The title to any lot sold under the provisions of this Act shall not be deemed to be conveyed until the purchaser shall have fully paid all installments on the purchase price and interest thereon, and any sale or encumbrance thereof shall be null and void as against the Government of the Philippine Islands and shall be in all respects subordinate to its prior claim.

Act. No. 2478

Sec. 4. Section five of the said Act Numbered Twenty-three hundred and sixty is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Sec. 5. The title to any lands sold under the provisions of this Act shall not be conveyed until the purchasers shall have fully paid all installments on the purchase price and interest thereon, and any sale or encumbrance thereof shall be null and void as against the Government of the Philippine Islands and shall be in all respects subordinate to its prior claim." (Enacted, Feb. 5, 1915).

Sec. 6. In the event of the death of a purchaser prior to the complete payment of the price of the lands purchased by him, the person succeeding him in accordance with existing law shall succeed in all of his rights and obligations. In case a purchaser shall have conveyed to another his interest or right to the land or lands purchased by him before complete payment of said lands, the person acquiring the same shall succeed him upon notification of his assignment to the Director of Lands and its registration in the Bureau of Lands." (Enacted, Feb. 5, 1915).

Sec. 7. In the event that a purchaser is delinquent in the payment of two or more semi-annual installments, the Director of Lands, in order to protect the Government from loss, may bring suit for the recovery of the installments and interest due, or for the total amount of the purchase price unpaid, with interest thereon, and to enforce the lien of the Government against the land by selling the same in the manner provided by Act Numbered One hundred and ninety for the foreclosure of mortgages. In the event of such sale the purchaser at such sale shall acquire a good and indefeasible title. The proceeds of sale shall be applied to the payment of the costs of court and of all installments due or to become due on such land, and the surplus, if any, shall be returned to the original purchaser or his representatives.

Act. No. 2478

Sec. 6. Section seven of said Act Numbered Twenty-three hundred and sixty is likewise amended, so as to read as follows:

Sec. 7. In the event that a purchaser is delinquent in the payment of the last installment or of two or more semi-annual installments, the Director of Lands, in order to protect the Government from loan, may bring suit for the recovery of the installments or interest due, or for the total amount of the purchase price unpaid, with interest due, or for the total amount of the purchase price unpaid, with interest thereon, and may enforce the lien of the Government against the lands by selling the same in accordance with existing law relative to the foreclosure of mortgage liens. In the event of such sale shall acquire a good title, subject to the right of repurchase prescribed by law. The proceeds of sale shall be applied to the payment of the cost of court and of all installments and interest due or to become due on such lands, and the surplus, if any, shall be returned to the original purchaser or his representative." (Enacted, February 5, 1915).

Sec. 8. Within a period of two months from and after the passage of this Act, the Director of Lands shall prepare regulations, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, prescribing the form and manner of effecting the sale at public auction of the lots not sold to occupants or tenants, and all such rules as he may deem necessary for the strict compliance with the provisions of this Act.

Sec. 9. The Director of Lands, or any other person who, through any circumstance, may be substituted for him in the Bureau of department which may hereafter intervene in the administration of said lands, is hereby authorized to make the sales prescribed by this Act: to receive full or part payment for any parcel or lot sold; to grant acquittances and to sign, on the behalf of the Government of the Philippine Islands, with the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, the proper title deeds in favor of the purchasers who have completely paid the purchase price.

Sec. 10. All sums collected by virtue of this Act shall constitute a special fund set aside exclusively for the care and welfare of lepers in the Philippine Islands, to be expended upon appropriation by the Philippine Legislature, for the aforesaid purpose. (Enacted, February 28, 1914).

Act. No. 2478

Sec. 7. Section ten of Act Numbered Twenty three hundred and sixty is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 10. Receipts from sales under the provisions of this Act shall constitute a trust fund set aside exclusively for the care and welfare of lepers in the Philippine Islands, and shall be deposited in the Insular Treasury subject to investment by the Director of Lands at not less than six per centum per annum for such purposes and with such securities as may be approved by the Secretary of the Interior. "Receipts from rentals, interest on deferred payments, profits from investments, and miscellaneous collections shall be deposited in the Insular Treasury to be expended upon appropriation by the Philippine Legislature for the care and welfare of the said lepers and all administrative expenses incurred under the provisions of this Act. Should the Philippine Legislature fail to make such appropriation during any fiscal year, the Secretary of the Interior shall apply to the Emergency Board, if such exist, in order that it make said appropriation, and if such Board should no longer exist, or exist, but fail to take appropriate action, said Secretary of the Interior shall allot the funds necessary for the purposes aforesaid. At the close of each fiscal year the unexpended balance of funds subject to appropriation as aforesaid shall accrue to and become a part of the trust fund, subject to investment by the Director of Lands."

Sec. 8. Until July first, nineteen hundred and fifteen purchasers under Act. Numbered Twenty three hundred and sixty shall have the option to request to rescission of their contracts and the execution of new contracts under the provisions of this Act.

Sec. 9. This Act shall take effect on its passage. �

Enacted, February 5, 1915
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