By Charissa M. Luci
Bohol Island Circumferential Road will soon be named after late President Carlos P. Garcia following his valuable contributions to the island province’s development.
Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos filed House Bill 4331 seeking to recognize the remarkable achievements and contributions of the late President to Bohol and to the country by renaming Bohol Island Circumferential Road to President Carlos P. Garcia Circumferential Road.
“Without doubt, the Philippines’ eighth president, Carlos P. Garcia, remains one of the most esteemed sons of Bohol. Naming the Bohol Island circumferential road to his name is the least expression of our solemn gratitude to the president whose legacy is his belief in the Filipinos,” Relampagos said.
He cited that the popular legacy of President Garcia is the “First Filipino Legacy” which ensured government support to Filipino businessmen and products over foreign investors and products.
President Garcia hails from Talibon, Bohol, and was born on Nov. 4, 1896.
Relampagos said after having been among the top 10 bar examinees in 1923, President Garcia first worked as a teacher at Bohol Provincial High School and became famous for his poetry , where he earned the nickname “Prince of Visayan Poets” and the “Bard from Bohol.”
Prior to his presidency, Garcia became representative of the third district and Bohol governor. He then became senator, vice president, and foreign affairs secretary to the Magsaysay administration.
He was elected president of the 1971 Constitutional Convention until his death on the same year.
President Garcia became the first layman to lie in state in Manila Cathedral–a privilege until then limited to a deceased Archbishop of Manila–and the first President to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“To date, we can find in Bohol a municipality, a sports complex and an avenue named after President Carlos P. Garcia. But, Bohol has yet to give a province-wide recognition and tribute to our beloved president. This is also a fitting reminder to our youth of nationalism and love of country,” Relampagos said.
HB 4331 tasks the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to implement the provision of the proposed Act.