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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 2008
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 2008 - AN ACT AMENDING SECTION ONE OF REPUBLIC ACT NUMBERED ONE THOUSAND, SO AS TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE FROM ANY BOND ISSUE FOR NON-SELF-LIQUIDATING AND NON-REVENUE-PRODUCING PROJECTS, FROM TWENTY PER CENT TO THIRTY PER CENT OF SUCH BOND ISSUE

Section 1. Section one of Republic Act Numbered One thousand is amended to read as follows:

"Section 1. Upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Finance, after consultation with the Monetary Board, the National Economic Council, and the Council of State, the President of the Philippines is authorized to issue, preferably in the Philippines, or abroad if necessary, in the name and behalf of the Republic of the Philippines, bonds in an amount not exceeding one billion pesos to finance public works and self-liquidating projects for economic development, which may be authorized by law, including expropriation of lands for subdivision and resale to individuals, or to repay or service bonded obligations of the Government incurred for such projects: Provided, however, That no single issue shall exceed two hundred million pesos and that no further issue shall be made if eighty per centum of the immediately preceding issue has not been sold: And provided, further, That not more than thirty per centum of any issue is spent for non-self-liquidating and non-revenue-producing projects. Investments in the self-liquidating projects in provinces, cities, and municipalities shall be limited by the paying capacity of the province, city or municipality to be certified by the Secretary of Finance: Provided, That the probable income from such projects shall be taken into consideration: Provided, finally, That not more than ten per centum of this bond issue shall be used to pay unserviced government obligations, loans and advances, secured or unsecured, guaranteed by the National Government, made by government-owned or controlled financial institutions other than the Central Bank, to government political subdivisions, offices and instrumentalities, and/or other loans committed, by government-owned and/or controlled financial institutions, other than the Central Bank, guaranteed by the Government.

"The bonds shall be issued in such amount as will be needed at any one time taking into account the rate at which said bonds may be absorbed by the buying public and the fund requirements of projects ready for execution, and taking into consideration further a proper balance between productive and non-productive projects so that inflation shall be held to the minimum.cralaw

"The Secretary of Finance, in consultation with the Monetary Board, shall prescribe the form, the rate of interests, the denominations, maturities, negotiability, convertibility, call and redemption features, and all other terms and conditions of issuance, placement, sale, servicing, redemption, and payment of all bonds issued under the authority of this Act.

"The bonds issued under the authority of this section may be made payable both as to principal and interest, in Philippine currency or any readily convertible foreign currency.cralaw

"Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to mean that the Secretary of Finance, in the redemption of securities, is prevented from applying the lottery principle by which bonds, drawn by lot, may be redeemed before maturity either at their face value or above.cralaw

"The bonds to be issued under this Act shall be exempt from taxation, including the tax on foreign exchange, by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines or by any political or municipal subdivision thereof, which fact shall be stated on their face in accordance with this Act under which the said bonds are issued; and shall likewise be exempt from attachment, execution or seizure."

Sec. 2. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.cralaw

Approved: June 22, 1957.

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