Commonwealth Act No. 500, s. 1939

Signed on September 30, 1939: An Act to authorize the President, in view of the existence of a state of national emergency, to decrease expenditures of the Executive Department of the National Government through the suspension or abandonment of services activities, or operations of no immediate necessity.

Message of President Quezon to the Second National Assembly on Increase of Judges of First Instance, September 29, 1939

In the public interest, therefore, I recommend the creation of fifteen positions of judges of first instance to take cognizance exclusively of cadastral and land registration cases and of such other questions as may arise under the provisions of the Cadastral Act and the Land Registration Act.