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first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – The House ofRepresentatives has approved on third and final reading a measure seeking torename the Kalibo-Banga-Balete-Batan-Altavas highway to Congressman Allen SalasQuimpo national highway. Quimpo served as vice mayor of Kalibo,Aklan from 1980 to 1988, mayor from 1988 to 1992 and three-term congressman ofthe Lone District of Aklan from 1992  to 2001. Quimpo was born on August23, 1945 and died on December 14, 2016. First District’s Cong. Carlito Marquez,who authored the bill, said this move will immortalize the noble acts of Quimpo. The highway is part of 47.587 kilometersstretch of road that traverses the barangays of Poblacion, Andagao, Estancia,Tigayon and Linabuan Norte in Kalibo,  barangays of Linabuan Sur, Jumarap,Mambog, Poblacion, Tabayon, Libas and Venturanza in Banga, barangays ofFulgencio, Feliciano, Calizo, Morales, Poblacion, Cortes and Aranas in Balete,barangays of Lalab and Cabugao in Batan, barangays of Cabugao, Linayasan,Odiong, Poblacion, Poblacion, Man-up and Cabangila to Capiz-Aklan boundary. “He transformed Aklan into a progressiveprovince and also significantly underwrote to the development of the countryand many generations of Filipinos when he authored or co-authored severallandmark legislations, and passed into laws, which revolutionized andrationalized social order in basic and higher education and skillsdevelopment,” said Marquez, who principally authored the measure. House Bill 624 is pushing for thename change in honor of the highly esteemed politician in the province. The west section of Kalibo highwaycomprising the Kalibo bridge, Roxa Avenue, Mabini Street andDesposorio Maagma Sr. Street would not be part of the renamed nationalhighway.  Quimpo, a lawyer and holder ofdoctorate degree, authored the conversion of Aklan State College of Agriculturein Banga, Aklan into a state university, otherwise known as the Aklan StateUniversity (Republic Act No. 9055). Marquez stressed the late Atty. Quimpowas also admired for his environmental advocacy and sustainable mangrove forestmanagement in Kalibo Mangrove Reforestation Project in New Buswang, Kalibo,Aklan, which was awarded the Galing Pook  in 1998 and UN FAO for ExemplaryForest Management in the whole of Asia and Pacific in 2005. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

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