CREATION OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

March 22, 1897 was declared as the date of the creation of Office of the President (OP) by virtue of Administrative Order No. 322, s. 1997, adopting the National Historical Institute Board’s stand.  This was done based on the position papers submitted by the officials of the Department of History of the University of the Philippines, and the Board of National Historical Institute, after exhaustive deliberations and consultations during its four successive meetings held in Malacanang from May 5, 1997 to June 25, 1997.

The decision established that the Office of the President came into being during the Tejeros Convention on March 22, 1897, when General Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy was elected President of the Philippine Revolutionary Government.