Deputy Speaker Roberto Puno and three other congressmen have jointly authored a measure renaming a stretch of national roads traversing the province of Rizal after the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, in recognition of her service to the Filipino people as Chief Executive of the Republic.
The proposal to rename the Kay Tikling-Antipolo-Teresa-Morong road to the Corazon C. Aquino Avenue, was also authored by Representatives Romeo Acop of Antipolo’s 2nd district, Joel Roy Duavit of Rizal’s 1st district, and Isidro Rodriguez Jr of Rizal’s 2nd district.
Puno, the chairman of the National Unity Party (NUP) and representative of Antipolo’s first district, said the measure, embodied in House Bill 6129, was in response to the request of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Rizal. The Sanggunian adopted Resolution No. 255 on November 12, 2012 seeking to rename the Kay Tikling-Antipolo-Teresa-Morong road after Corazon Aquino, the country’s first female president.
"If passed into law, it will constantly remind us of a distinguished stateswoman regarded by many as the Mother of Philippine Democracy," the bill’s authors said.
Acop pointed out that "under President Cory Aquino’s presidency, the country experienced radical changes and sweeping democratic reforms.”
Duavit said during her term, President Corazon Aquino promulgated two landmark legal codes, namely, the Family Code of 1987, which reformed the civil law on family relations, and the Administrative Code of 1987, which reorganized the structure of the executive branch of government.
Another landmark law that was enacted during her tenure was the 1991 Local Government Code, which devolved national government powers to local government units (LGUs), Rodriguez noted.