The recent news about Marikina 2nd District Congressman Romero “Miro” Quimbo filing a bill in Congress seeking to rename Commonwealth Avenue to Eraño G. Manalo Avenue reminded me of a street here in Marikina that was also renamed after the former Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) leader.
In 2009, by virtue of City Ordinance No. 154 (Series of 2009), the Marikina City council changed the name of “E. RODRIGUEZ STREET FROM BARANGAY CONCEPCION UNO AND BARANGAY STO. NIÑO, MARIKINA CITY INTO ERAÑO G. MANALO AVENUE”. The reasons for this move was:
- the City Government of Marikina finds it most appropriate and a remarkable compensation to name an avenue in honor of Bro. Manalo
- [to] help avoid confusion to motorists and pedestrians because E. Rodriguez Street in Barangays Concepcion Uno and Sto. Niño likewise exist in Barangay Parang, Marikina City
The following year (2010), then Congressman Del de Guzman (who is now the Mayor of Marikina) filed House Bill 7102 seeking to do the same, changed the name of E. Rodriguez Street to E. Manalo Ave (and maybe make it as a National Road – I can’t find a copy of the bill online) citing “This will confer a more permanent and lasting stature to the renaming endeavor through national legislation and thereby forestall any future effort to undo the same by way of enacting another city ordinance”.
I assume the bill was not enacted into law as just last year (2013), another Marikina City Lawmaker, 1st District Congressman Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro, filed House Bill 1212 seeking to convert E. Manalo Ave into a National Road.
And it seems the bill is still pending at the Lower House.