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Olongapo’s delayed independence

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Olongapo’s delayed independence

While the Philippines as a whole was granted independence by the United States of America on July 4, 1946 (celebrated annually as the Philippine-American Friendship Day), the same was not true for Olongapo City, which remained under the direct administration of the United States Naval Reservation.

For years, the Commanding Officer of the Naval Base served as Chairman of the town council, hospital board, and school board. Residents of Olongapo also had to pay takes to the US Navy.

It was not until more than a decade later (on December 1959) that the territory was finally relinquished back to the Philippine government by the USA.

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