Camp Crame is the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP). With a land area of around 33 hectares, it is located at the corner of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and Boni Serrano Avenue in Quezon City, just across from Camp Aguinaldo.
As early as the 1930s, military facilities were set up in Quezon City, among them Camp Murphy (now Camp Aguinaldo) and Camp Crame. Named after the first Filipino brigadier general of the Philippine Constabulary (PC), Rafael Crame, the camp was where the General Strike Force of the PC was organized under Brig. Gen. Guillermo Francisco in 1939.
Camp Crame had been used as the headquarters of the Philippine Constabulary, which was then considered part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). A major detention area during the Marcos dictatorship, it became one of the rallying points of people during the EDSA Revolution of 1986.
Today, the camp is now the headquarters of the Philippine National Police, established in 1991 as an entity separate from the AFP. However, despite this separation, the titles to the land which Camp Crame stands were only turned over to the PNP by the AFP in July 2008.
The camp is currently undergoing renovation, starting with the renovation of the PNP Multipurpose Hall and the camp's swimming pool. There are also plans for the construction of a multi-storey building along the EDSA side of the camp to house the administrative offices of the PNP, as well as commercial establishments for the general public.
Several high-profile personalities have been detained at Camp Crame in recent years, among them deposed President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. The ongoing trial for the Maguindanao Massacre is also held in a courtroom inside the camp, where primary suspect Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. is being detained.
Facilities and Services
As the headquarters of the PNP, Camp Crame is home to the administrative offices of the PNP, the PNP Crime Laboratory, the SWAT Team Elite Forces Barracks, and the Traffic Management Group (TMG) Building, as well as the PNP Grandstand.
Several facilities are also open to the public, such as the PNP Multipurpose Hall, the Gymnasium, and the Camp Crame Church. Two public schools are also inside the camp premises: the Camp Crame Elementary School and the Camp Crame High School.
The general public may also avail of some services at the camp, such as the issuance of police clearances needed for government service which may be transacted at Gate 2 along Boni Serrano Avenue.
Camp Crame is accessible via several modes of public transportation. Because of its location along EDSA, one can simply ride the MRT-3 and get off at Santolan-Annapolis station, which is just in front of the camp. Buses plying EDSA also stop at Camp Crame (southbound), or at Camp Aguinaldo (northbound). One can also ride the Crame-Murphy jeepney line, which has a terminal at the Araneta Center in Cubao, passing right in front of Camp Crame via Boni Serrano Avenue.
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