BRIEF HISTORY OF CAMP BRIGADIER
GENERAL SALIPADA K PENDATUN
A CAMP FOR ALL TIMES, FOR ALL EVENTS,
FOR ALL PEOPLE
Home of the Heroes...
Camp of dedicated public servants...
...not just a mere facility sheltering the police but a confluence of skilled, multi-talented and well-equipped men and women tasked with the mission to unite a culturally-diversed people.
These are the words that best describe Camp Brigadier General Salipada K Pendatun, the present home of the Philippine National Police Regional Office Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
The camp was established in 1971 as the Fourth Philippine Constabulary Zone (4th PCZ), through General Orders 224 issued by the Headquarters of the Philippine Constabulary on June 3, that year.
This significant event was made possible through the cooperation and support of Parang Mayor, the late Hon. Sansaluna Biruar and national officials, including the PC Chief General Fidel V Ramos.
Because of its strategic location and accessibility to a seaport which is a basic requisite for defense, Parang was chosen as the site of 4th PCZ.
On January 8, 1981, Colonel Rogelio Martin was the last Regional Commander when Region 12 pave the way for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO
The enactment by former President Corazon C Aquino in 1990 of Republic Act 6734, the ARMM's Charter, brought about a major realignment in the geographical structures of the Administrative Regions 9 and 12. Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur were fused along with the island provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
In 1991, shortly after the activation of the PNP-ARMM, Chief Superintendent Milton F Tiburcio was installed as first ARMM Police Regional Director on April 1 of same year. He was replaced by Chief Superintendent Saturnino Medina on June 24, 1994 followed by Police Chief Superintendent Reynaldo V Velasco January 5, 1995. Police Chief Superintendent Franco Magno Calida, took over from Chief Superintendent Velasco on June 16, 1996.
ARMM’s police camp was named after the late Brigadier General Salipada K Pendatun, in recognition of his gallantry in action during World War II.
Pendatun was a decorated guerilla leader who led Maguindanaons in staging a strong resistance against the Japanese occupation during the 40’s.
After the war, Pendatun joined politics, occupying sensitive positions in the government including a seat in the old congress and defunct Batasang Pambansa. He died in a car accident in Manila in 1985.
Through the years, the camp has evolved to become one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful camp nationwide. Facilities were improved to allow not only members of this office but also their dependents as well as the general public enjoy some of the luxuries and amenities that can only be found in the major cities of the country.
These facilities include a nine-hole golf courseof the Illana Bay Golf and Country Club which during the incumbency of Police Chief Joel Rudio Goltiao, was redesigned and improved to its international standards. At present, this golf course is considered as one the Best Public Golf Course in the archipelago and the cheapest, too.