LUCENA CITY: As the country celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio, a city councilor here introduced an exceptional move to honor the patriotism and heroism by sponsoring a construction of a life-size monument in a rotunda and naming a bridge in Barangay Ilayang Iyam, this city, after Bonifacio.
City Councilor Benito Brizuela, the council’s chairman committee on tourism and cultural affairs, archives, museums and libraries and law, said that his ordinance was entitled “an ordinance naming the bridge of Pleasantville Subdivision, Barangay Ilayang Iyam, Lucena City as Andres Bonifacio bridge, in recognition of the bravery and heroism of Gat Andres Bonifacio, a national hero, in accordance with paragraph (B) section 13, chapter 2 of Republic Act (RA) 7160” and officially naming the unnamed street leading to the bridge of Pleasantville Subdivision.
He added that the unveiling of the life-size monument, rotunda and the bridge will be held on November 30. As a temporary statue, the monument is composed of resin and cement, while a permanent bronze statue is being prepared.
Brizuela’s unprecedented ordinance is an offshoot of his prior privilege speech lauding Bonifacio’s important contribution in the nation’s attaining of the democracy we all now enjoy.
In his explanatory note, Brizuela said that research and consultation with concerned entities have identified 1st Street in Pleasantville Subdivision as the ideal street to be named after Gat Andres Bonifacio.
That street lot has been donated to the city government of Lucena by virtue of Sangguniang Panglunsod Resolution 2000-572.
“The creation of landmarks in honor of Gat Andres Bonifacio is a humble gesture of the City of Lucena in recognition of his heroism and bravery that must be instilled among our youths and countrymen, generation by generation,” Brizuela concluded.