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A directorcillo (“direktorsilyo” in Tagalog), or sometimes called an escribano, was the assistant or secretary of the gobernadorcillo (municipal judge or governor of a pueblo or town during the Spanish colonial period) who aided him in the administration of municipal duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

The directorcillo's duties included writing all public documents; preparing reports on judicial proceedings; answering official correspondence; and serving as an interpreter between the higher-ranked colonial officials and the gobernadorcillo and the principalía. The position of directorcillo was usually given to individuals with college education.


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