Spanish Colonial Government

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Spanish Colonial Government

  1. 1. THE SPANIARDS ASCOLONIAL MASTERS
  2. 2. Spain reigned over the Philippines for 333 years, from 1565to 1898.Since Spain was far from the country, the Spanish king ruledthe Islands through the viceroy of Mexico, which was thenanother Spanish colony. KING OF SPAIN VICEROY OF MEXICO PHILIPPINES
  3. 3. When Mexico regained its freedom in1821, the Spanish king ruled thePhilippines through a GovernorGeneral, (GG). KING OF SPAIN GOVERNOR GENERAL PHILIPPINES
  4. 4. THE POLITICAL STRUCTURESpain established a centralized colonialgovernment in the Philippines that was composedof a NATIONAL GOVERNMENT and the LOCALGOVERNMENTS that administeredprovinces, cities, towns and municipalities.NATIONAL GOVERNMENT: maintained peace and order collected taxes built schools and other public works
  5. 5. THE GOVERNOR GENERALThe Kings representative and the highest-rankingofficial in the PhilippinesRoyal decrees and laws emanating from Spainwere implemented in the PhilippinesHad the power to appoint and dismiss publicofficials, except those personally chosen by theKing
  6. 6. THE GOVERNOR GENERALSupervised all government offices and thecollection of taxesExercised certain legislative powersIssued proclamations to facilitate theimplementation of laws
  7. 7. THE GOVERNOR GENERALREQUIREMENT: Must be a PENINSULARES or A SPANIARD BORN IN SPAIN
  8. 8. THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE THE GOVERNOR GENERAL The Governor General and other government officials had so much power that it was commonly abused. To investigate the abuses, there were bodies created: THE RESIDENCIA THE VISITA THE ROYAL AUDENCIA
  9. 9. THE RESIDENCIAThis was a special judicial court that investigatesthe performance of a Governor General who wasabout to be replaced. The Residencia, of whichthe incoming Governor General was usually a member, submitted a report ofits findings to the King.
  10. 10. THE VISITAThe Council of the Indies in Spain sent agovernment official called the VISITADORGENERAL to observe conditions in the colony. The Visitador General reported his findings directly to the King.
  11. 11. The highest court inTHE ROYAL AUDENCIA the landServed as an advisory body to the GovernorGeneralHad the power to check and report on hisabusesThe Audiencia also audited the expenditures ofthe colonial governmentSent a yearly report to SpainThe Archbishop and other government officials
  12. 12. THE ROYAL AUDENCIA Despite all these checks, however, an abusive governor general often managed to escape stiff fines, suspension, or dismissal by simply bribing the Visitador and other investigators.
  13. 13. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTThe Spaniards created Local Government Units (LGU)for the provincesThere were two types of local government units: ALCALDIA CORRIGIMIENTO Alcalde Corregidor Mayor
  14. 14. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT The ALCADIA, led by the Alcalde Mayor governed the provinces that had been fully subjugated: UNDER SPANISH CONTROL ALREADY SALARY: P300 A MONTH
  15. 15. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTDUTIES OF THE ALCALDE MAYOR:They represented the Spanish king and theGovernor-GeneralThey managed the day-to-day operations of theprovincial governmentImplemented laws and supervised the collectionof taxes
  16. 16. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT The CORREGIMIENTO, headed by Corregidor governed the provinces that were not yet entirely under Spanish control.
  17. 17. THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTThe ALCADIA and the CORREGIMIENTOThough they were paid a smallsalary, they enjoyed privileges such as the INDULTO DE COMERCIOor the right to participate in the GALLEON TRADE.
  18. 18. THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTEach province was divided into several towns orpueblos headed by GOBERNADORDCILLOS (LittleGovernor)MAIN DUTIES: Efficient governance and taxcollection.Four lieutenants aided the Governardorcillo:the Teniente Mayor (chief lieutenant),the Teniente de Policia (police lieutenant),the Teniente de Sementeras (lieutenant of thefields)
  19. 19. THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT GOBERNADORDCILLOS They had SMALL SALARIES but were exempted from PAYING TAXES QUALIFICATIONS: Any NATIVE or CHINESE MEZTIZO 25 years old Literate in ORAL or WRITTEN SPANISH Cabeza de Barangay for 4 years Ex: Emilio Aguinaldo
  20. 20. THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT CABEZA DE BARANGAY OR (Barrio Administrator or Barangay Captain) -Responsible for the peace and order of the barrio -Recruited men for public works QUALIFICATIONS: Cabezas should be literate in Spanish Have good moral character and property Cabezas who served for 25 years were
  21. 21. THE CITY GOVERNMENTLarger towns became cities called: AYUNTAMIENTOIt became the center of trade and industry.The ayuntamiento had a city council called the CABILDOCABILDO is composed of: ALCALDE (MAYOR) REGIDORES (COUNCILLORS) ALGUACIL MAYOR (POLICE CHIEF) ESCRIBANDO (SECRETARY)
  22. 22. KING OF SPAIN THE COLONIAL GOVERNMENT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THE JUDICIAL BRANCH (Governor General) (Royal Audencia, Residencia, Lower Courts, Governor-General)PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT CITY GOVERNMENT ALCALDIA CORRIGIMIENTO AYUNTAMIENTO (Alcalde Mayor) (Corregidor) (Cabildo) PUEBLOS OR TOWNS CABILDO (Gobernadorcillos) City Council •ALCALDE •REGIDORES BARRIOS •AGUACIL MAYOR (Cabeza de Barangay) •ESCRIBANDO BARRIOS (Cabeza de Barangay)

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