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Section 1. Sec. four of Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred forty-six, otherwise known as the Public Service Act, as amended by Republic Act Numbered Twenty-six hundred and seventy-seven, is hereby further amended to read as follows:

"Sec. 4. The Public Service Commissioner shall receive an annual compensation of thirteen thousand pesos; and each of the Associate Commissioners an annual compensation of twelve thousand pesos. The Commissioner shall be assisted by one chief attorney, one finance and rate regulation officer, one chief utilities regulation engineer, one chief accountant, one transportation regulation chief, one secretary of the Republic Commission, and three public utilities advisers who shall receive an annual compensation of not less than ten thousand eight hundred pesos each; five assistant chiefs of division who shall receive an annual compensation of not less than nine thousand six hundred pesos each; twelve attorneys who shall receive an annual compensation of not less than

"(2) Applications for the approval or modification of maximum rates under Sec. fourteen.

"(b) Thirty pesos shall be collected from any operator of land transportation for the registration of;

"(1) Applications under Sec. seventeen (f).

"(2) Applications for the extension of time covering a period of thirty days for the registration of motor vehicles previously authorized by the Commission.chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary

"(c) The charge of thirty pesos for the filling of other applications by any public service operator not specifically provided for the preceding paragraphs of this section other than motions of a temporary or incidental character; Provided, however, That fifteen pesos only shall be collected for each certificate of public convenience or certificate of public convenience and necessity in diploma form issued to a public service operator.

"(d) For annual reimbursement of the expenses incurred by the Commission for the supervision and regulation of the operations of motor vehicle services:

"(1) For each automobile, ten pesos.

"(2) For each motor vehicle, truck, or trailer of less than two tons gross transportation capacity, ten pesos.

"(3) For each motor vehicle, truck, or trailer of two tons or more, but less than three tons gross transportation capacity, twenty pesos.

"(4) For each motor vehicle, truck, or trailer of three tons or more but less than four tons gross transportation capacity, thirty pesos.

"(5) Motor vehicles, trucks, trailers or buses of four tons or more gross capacity shall pay at the rate of ten pesos per ton gross.chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary

"The fees provided in paragraphs (d) and (e) hereof shall be paid on or before September thirtieth of each year with a penalty of fifty per centum in case of delinquency: Provided, further, That if the fees or any balance thereof are not paid within sixty days from the said date, the penalty shall be increased by one per centum for every month thereafter of delinquency: Provided, however, That motor vehicles registered in the Motor Vehicles Office after September thirtieth shall be exempt from payment for said year.

"(e) For annual reimbursement of the expenses incurred by the Commission in the supervision of other public services and/or in the regulation or fixing of their rates, twenty centavos for each one hundred pesos or fraction thereof, of the capital stock subscribed or paid, or if no shares have been issued of, the capital invested, or of the property and equipment whichever is higher.

"(f) For the issue or increase of capital stock, twenty centavos for each one hundred pesos or friction thereof, of the increased capital.

"(g) For each permit authorizing the increase of equipment, the installation of new units authorizing the increase of capacity, or the extension of means or general extensions in the services, twenty centavos for each one hundred pesos or fraction of the additional capital necessary to carry out the permit.

"(h) For the inspection or certification made in the meter laboratory of the Commission of each apparatus or meter used by any public service, four pesos, and for examination made outside the meter laboratory of the Commission, the additional expenses as may be incurred in making the examination shall also paid.

"(i) For certification of copies of official documents in the files of the Commission, fifty centavos plus fifty centavos for each page or folio so certified.chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary

"This section shall not be applicable to the Republic of the Philippines, nor to its instrumentalities.

"Aside from the appropriations for the Commission under the annual General Appropriation Act, any unexpended balance of the fees collected by the Commission under this section shall be constituted receipts automatically appropriated each year, and together with any surplus in the standardizing meter laboratory revolving fund under Commonwealth Act Numbered Three hundred forty-nine, shall be disturbed by the Public Service Commissioner in accordance with special budgets to be approved by the Department of Justice, the Budget Commission and the Office of the President of the Philippines for additional needed personal services, maintenance and operating expenses, acquisition of urgently needed vehicles, furniture and equipment, maintenance of an adequate reference library, acquisition of a lot and building for the Commission, and other expenses necessary for efficient administration and effective supervision and regulation of public services."chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary

Sec. 6. In addition to the sums to be appropriated for the Commission under the General Appropriation Act for the fiscal year following the approval of this Act, the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand pesos, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, out of any funds in the National Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for carrying out the provisions of this Act; Provided, however, That any savings in the appropriation of the Commission for the current fiscal year may also be used for this purpose. Thereafter, the same sum or so much as may be necessary shall be included in the appropriation for the Commission in subsequent annual General Appropriation Acts.chanrobles virtualaw library

Sec. 7. If any part, section or provision of this Act shall be held invalid or unconstitutional, no other part, section or provision thereof shall be affected thereby.chanrobles virtualaw library

Sec. 8. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved: June 22, 1963.

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