Thursday, October 28, 2021

City to act on unnamed streets

AN Iloilo City councilor has reintroduced a proposed ordinance to name the six unnamed streets after prominent Ilonggos who bought the Ilonggo spirit to national and international fame.

City Councilor Nielex Tupas reintroduced his proposal during the first regular session of the 34th City Council on Tuesday on the six remaining unnamed streets in the city as provided in Section 13 of the Local Government Code.

The National Historical Commission pointed to the Local Government Code guidelines in naming of streets, plazas, and schools "provided that public roads, schools, bridges, buildings, and other structures under the jurisdiction of the local government may be renamed by the local government unit concerned to honor a person or family who contributed to the welfare of the Filipino people."

Tupas said the streets to be named are: Ledesma Street to Delgado Street in Barangay Liberation, city proper to be known as the Cresenciano Lozano Street; the street beside Angelicum School to Bankers Village into the Patrocinio Gamboa Street; the diversion to Cuartero Street into the Jaime Cardinal Sin Street; the diversion to Jaro Cemetery into the Cesar Orleans Street, all in Jaro district.

The Indian Trail to PHHC Sta Rosa Bridge will be renamed to Sofia de Veyra Street; and the Calajunan Forest Lake to Sooc Arevalo into the Pura Villanueva Kalaw Street, all in Mandurriao district.

The office of Congressman Jerry P. Treñas, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Philippine Postal Corporation, City Engineers Office, City Assessor, and barangay councils of barangays where these streets are located shall be notified of the ordinance.

The late Cresenciano Lozano was a congressman of the second district of Iloilo of the Fourth Legislature during the presidency of Manuel L. Quezon and under the United States rule. He was charged by the United States of libel against the justice of peace of Iloilo City in 1915.

Patrocinio Gamboa or "Tia Patron" among her co-revolutionaries, was the flag keeper of the revolutionary government of Visayas and known for her courage in delivering the said flag to the town hall –- a very risky task for she had to pass through a set of Spanish inspectors on her way from Jaro to Sta Barbara in Iloilo. The National Historical Institute in cooperation with the Civic Assembly of Women of the Philippines honored her with a historical marker in her birthplace in Jaro.

Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, a native of New Washington, Aklan, was one of the architects of the Philippine EDSA Revolution who supported "People Power" that toppled former President Ferdinand Marcos from power and brought Corazon Aquino into the Presidency. In 2000, he opposed the government of former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada as corrupt and morally bankrupt and Estrada was forced out of office in a military uprising.

The late Cesar Orleans was the city legal officer and husband of former Liga Federation president Marietta Orleans.

Sofia Reyes de Veyra was born in Arevalo district and was known as an outstanding woman civic leader and social worker who stood out in her pioneering work and zeal to make the Philippines gain international recognition. She was a leader of the "Kilusang Sibiko at Adhikain Pangkababaihan, an organization aiming to develop the emotional and intellectual foundations of students. In 1934, she became the vice president of the Centro Escolar University.

Pura Villanueva Kalaw was born in Arevalo district, a beauty queen, writer and suffragist on women's rights. She was the first Manila Carnival Queen of the Orient in 1908.
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