By authority of the United States, be it enacted by the Philippine Commission, that:
Section 1. Subsection (a) of section eighteen of Act Numbered Twenty-two hundred and fifty-nine, as amended by Acts Numbered Twenty-three hundred and thirty-eight, Twenty-five hundred and fifty-eight, three thousand and eighty one, and Thirty-three hundred and thirty seven is hereby amended to read as follows:
“Sec. 18. (a) One tenth of the costs of the registration proceedings and the cadastral survey and monumenting had under this Act shall be borne by the Insular Government, one-tenth shall be paid by the province concerned and one-tenth by the City, Municipality, municipal district, township, or settlement to which the land is situated, the City of Manila to be considered for this purpose, both as a province, and municipality; and the remaining seven-tenths shall be assessed and collected against each and all of the lots included in a cadastral proceedings and shall be apportioned in accordance with the square root of the area thereof, but in no case shall less than five pesos be taxed against each lot: Provided, That when the province, a municipality, municipal district, township, or settlement has not sufficient funds to pay this obligation, its share may be paid in five equal installments within five years, without interest. The amounts thus taxed against each of the lots or parcels of land shall be considered a special assessment of taxes against the respective parcels. shall constitute a first lien upon the land, and shall be collected by the Director of Lands or his duly authorized representatives in equal installments within a period of five years, bearing interest at the rate of six per centum per annum. The first installment shall become due and payable at the same time as the general land taxes for the year next succeeding the year in which the assessment of the costs shall be received by the provincial treasurer and shall be collected in the same manner as such general land taxes. Each succeeding installment shall become due and payable at the same time as the general land taxes for the corresponding current year and shall be collected in the same manner. The Director shall for this; purpose send to the officer in charge of such collection a copy of said assessment of costs: Provided, however, That the amounts representing the proportional shares of the costs taxed against lots surveyed at the request and expense of their owner and for which plan other than the cadastral plan has been made by a duly authorized surveyor prior to the decision in the cadastral proceeding, or which have been registered in accordance with the provision of Act Numbered Four hundred and ninety-six, entitled “The Land Registration Act,” or surveyed, patented, or leased under the Public Land and Mining Laws, prior to the decisions in the cadastral proceeding, or have been declared to be public lands by the court, shall not constitute a lien against said lot nor shall be collected from the owners thereof: Provided, further, That the taxed against his lot at any time before the same become due.”
Section 2. This Act shall take effect on its approval.