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Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo (CGEA) is the military headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and is located in Quezon City in the Philippines. It is located along Epifanio de los Santos Ave. (or EDSA), in front of Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The military base is named after the revolutionary leader, Emilio Aguinaldo who became the first Philippine President, that fought in the Philippine Revolution, the Spanish–American and the Philippine–American War.

Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo
Quezon City, Philippines
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General Headquarters Building of the AFP at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
TypeMilitary Base
Site information
Controlled by Philippines
Site history
Built1935
In use1935-present
MaterialsConcrete and Metal
Battles/wars
Garrison information
Current
commander
US-O7 insignia.svg BGEN Remegio De Vera, AFP[1][2]
GarrisonDepartment of National Defense - DND (Philippines).svg Department of National Defense

HistoryEdit

Camp Aguinaldo was established on January 11, 1935. Initially known as Camp Murphy, that includes Zablan Field, in honor of the first American high commissioner Frank Murphy, it was renamed Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in 1965, after the Philippines’ first President.

The camp covers a total land area of 178.78 hectares. Of these, 152.52 hectares were purchased by the government and the remaining 26.26 hectares were donated by Ortigas and Co. Partnership Ltd.

The Philippine Constabulary General Service Battalion was the first to use the camp in January 1935.

In December of that year, the National Defense Act paved the way for the formation of the Philippine Army. It also designated the Philippine Constabulary as the Army Constabulary Division, which maintains its peacekeeping mission under the DND.

In June 1938, the Army Constabulary Division was separated from the Philippine Army and was reformed to become the National Police Force under the Department of Interior.[3]

After World War II, Camp Murphy was divided into two camps - Camp Crame and Camp Aguinaldo. While the Zablan field's former Japanese runways forms the roads of White Plains Avenue and a portion of Katipunan Avenue, just in front of White Plains subdivisions.[4]

 
GHQ Security Escort Battalion render honors for United States Secretary of Defense William Cohen at the Camp Aguinaldo Grandstand and Parade Ground.

November 21, 2013, Civic Groups and Volunteers are being transferred to Camp Emilio Aguinaldo from Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. It is done to give more storage spaces for those who are part of Oplan Salubong. All relief supports including food, medical and transportation services will be transferred to Camp Aguinaldo together with the DSWD in the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda survivors.[5][6][7][8]

In March 2019, the DOTr announced that the Katipunan station of the Metro Manila Subway is planned to be built underneath a portion of the camp's property, along the intersection of Katipunan Avenue and Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue, in order to boost property values in the area and generate investments for the government .[9]

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Citations
  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2014-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2014-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-01-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Pacific Wrecks". Pacificwrecks.com. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Fire hits ISAFP building in Camp Aguinaldo". ABS-CBN News.
  7. ^ "The Manila Times". The Manila Times.
  8. ^ "Camp Aguinaldo Golf Course". Golfadvisor.com.
  9. ^ "6 subway stations to rise on gov't properties". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
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