Executive Order 5622—Classification of Federal Employees in the Philippines
On recommendation of the head of a department or independent establishment and with the approval of the Civil Service Commission, any employee of such executive department or independent establishment in the Philippine Islands who on the date of this order is in the Federal service and who for at least seven years has rendered faithful and exceptionally meritorious service in a classified position, and who has acquired a rating of at least 40 in a civil-service examination that would qualify him for probational appointment in the position, may be given a classified status. Such an employee who has served continuously since March 1, 1904, may be given a classified status without examination.
The White House,
May 15, 1931.
Herbert Hoover, Executive Order 5622—Classification of Federal Employees in the Philippines Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/361228