Bits of History – Sorsogon’s Treasury during the Revolution

During the time revolution against Spain, Emilio Aguinaldo‘s administration had to look for revenue. Between May 31, 1898 to September 2, 1899, the revolutionary government succeeded in tapping different sources from taxes, seizures, (government) stamps, donations, to opium contracts. However, one of the sources of revenue is the existing treasury of each province.

The statement of receipts, by provinces, for the same period had Sorsogon with P39,251.00 worth of funds¹. It’s bigger than Zambales and Camarines (I am assuming that this was the combination of both, eventually, Norte and Sur), and even Cebu. On one hand, this figure doesn’t really tell the whole story if the amount was the original one prior to the report.

Another interesting data from this report is that Albay comes third, after Pangasinan and Cagayan. The said province had P178,687.55 on its treasury.


¹p209, Malolos – The Crisis of the Republic, Teodoro A. Agoncillo, 1960, UP Press, Diliman, QC

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