City of Greater Manila

The City of Greater Manila, also known as simply Greater Manila and sometimes Greater Manila Area (GMA)[1], is a former chartered city[2] which existed during the World War II era. It was governed by the Philippine Commonwealth and was dissolved by the Japanese occupation forces.

City of Greater Manila
Former Chartered City of the Philippines
Historical eraWorld War II
• Established
• Disestablished

Greater Manila was formed as an emergency measure by President Manuel L. Quezon as a merger of the cities of Manila and Quezon City with the towns of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Mariquina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, San Pedro de Macati, San Felipe Neri, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan del Monte, and the Taguig-Pateros area. Jorge B. Vargas was appointed as Mayor of Greater Manila.[3]

Mayors of the towns and cities that comprised Greater Manila became vice mayors of their respective localities and was under the Mayor of Greater Manila.[3]

The Japanese dissolved Greater Manila, and the area which formed the city was governed by the Philippine Executive Commission, which also administrate other Japanese occupied territories in the Philippines during the war.[3]

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  1. ^ "Chapter I". Quezon City at 75 Resurgent & Resilient. Erehwon Artworld Corporation for the Local Government of Quezon City through the Communications Coordination Center. 2014. p. 69. ISBN 9789719566632.
  2. ^ "Chartered Cities". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. 1 (4): 200. 1942.
  3. ^ a b c "Historical Background". DENR - Environment Management Bureau - National Capital Region. Retrieved 24 August 2017.