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BRIEF HISTORY The area being occupied by Camp Vicente Lim used to be a vast track of land in the early 1937. It became a training ground during the mobilization period sometime in 1937, when the American forces started to call all able bodied of young men to go on military training due to the outbreak of war in the western hemisphere. It is located 42 kms. south of Manila covering a land area of 56 hectares inside the Canlubang Sugar Estate, Calamba, Laguna. On September 1, 1941, the 41st Field Artillery Regiment, PA was mobilized in this camp. The barracks in the area were set on fire by the Japanese Army prior to their evacuation. On January 8, 1946, it became the headquarters of the 4th Military District when the ten (10) pre-war military districts in the country were reactivated after WWII. The 4th Military Distrct covers the whole Southern Luzon. The camp was then named Camp Paciano Rizal. When the Military Districts were deactivated and became Military Area Commands, the camp became the Headquarters of the II Military Area Command, which has jurisdiction over the fourteen provinces in Southern Luzon excluding Masbate and Romblon. Sometimes in the 1950’s the camp was made as the seat of the defunct Southern Luzon Constabulary Command (under the administrative control of the Philippine Army), during the height of the Anti-Hukbong Mapaglaya ng Bayan (AHMB) campaign. On September 10, 1951, Camp Paciano Rizal was renamed Camp Vicente Lim pursuant to GO Nr. 457, GHQ, AFP in honor of BRIG GENERAL VICENTE P LIM who commanded the 41st Infantry Division, PA, USAFFE in Bataan during World War II. The former Colonel Eulogion Balao, then commander of the II Militray Area Area Command initiated the renaming of Camp Paciano Rizal to Camp Vicente Lim. On 1964, when the Philippine Constabulary became a major service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and was separated from the Philippine Army, the camp became the Headquarters of the II Philippine Constabulary Zone which took over from the Philippine Army the responsibility of the Anti-Hukbong Mapaglaya ng Bayan (AHMB) and the law enforcement and peace and order campaigns.
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