Today in Philippine history, November 7, 1975, the Metropolitan Manila Commission was created

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On November 7, 1975, President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 824, s. 1975 creating the Metropolitan Manila Commission (MMC) which restructured the local governments of four cities and 13 municipalities into an integrated unit.

Imelda Marcos
(Imelda R. Marcos, Metropolitan Manila Commission Governor)

The four cities were Manila, Quezon, Pasay and Caloocan while the 13 towns were of Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Navotas, Pasig, Pateros, Parañaque, Marikina, Muntinlupa, and Taguig in the province of Rizal; and the municipality of Valenzuela, in the province of Bulacan.

PD 824 stipulated that the President shall appoint a Governor or Chairman, Vice Governor or Vice Chairman and three Board Members or Commissioners for planning, finance and operations.

First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos served as the first Governor of Metro Manila and Ismael Mathay, Jr. as Vice-Governor.

As such, she envisioned the transformation of the "City of Man" into a center of international tourism and commerce by launching several urban projects including cultural structures, convention facilities and specialty hospitals designed specifically towards the redevelopment of the whole Metropolitan Manila.

MMC was replaced by the Metropolitan Manila Authority (MMA) thru Executive Order 392 issued by President Corazon Aquino on January 9, 1990.

Eventually, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as it is known today was created by Republic Act 7924 signed into law by President Fidel V. Ramos. Prospero Oreta was appointed the first MMDA Chairman on March 1, 1995.

Sources:

  • Facebook page of Senator Imee Marcos
  • Presidential Decree #824, The Lawphil Project, Arellano Law Foundation
  • Wikipedia

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