Agbayani bewails deteriorating condition of Maramba Boulevard

February 9, 2010 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

LINGAYEN – The historic Maramba Boulevard fronting the Capitol building here is turning brown, not green.

This observation by town residents and visitors in the area was echoed by former governor and second district Rep. Victor Agbayani who undertook the development of the almost one-kilometer boulevard sometime in 2006 to pay homage to one of Pangasinan’s greatest sons, Don Daniel Maramba of Sta. Barbara.

Maramba, who served as governor of the province, was among the local leaders who fought against the Spanish regime.

He was one among three Pangasinan heroes who fought in the Battle of Dagupan in July 1898. Maramba led the liberation of the town of Sta. Barbara on March 7, 1898. Hearing that Sta. Barbara fell into rebel hands, the Spanish forces in Dagupan attempted to retake the town, but were repulsed by Maramba’s forces. Thus, after the setback, the Spaniards decided to concentrate their forces in Lingayen to protect the provincial capital. This enabled Maramba to expand his operations to Malasiqui, Urdaneta and Mapandan, taking them one after the other. He took one more town, Mangaldan, before proceeding to Dagupan to lay siege on the last Spanish garrison.

Consequently, the Battle of Dagupan led to the liberation of Pangasinan from the Spanish forces.

Agbayani said that aside from improving the Maramba Boulevard, he also enlisted the support of the family and relatives of Don Daniel to have his statue erected at the entrance of the boulevard.

“We immediately undertook the development of the Maramba Boulevard after the restoration of the Capitol Building was completed in 2006,” Agbayani added.

He said various ornamental plants were planted to enhance the beauty of the place.

However, Agbayani noted that the plants have apparently been unattended to and have started to wither away and to turn brown in color.

To daily maintain the Maramba Boulevard, Veterans Park and the other surrounding areas in the Capitol, the Tourism and Parks Development Office was created, Agbayani added.

The office was manned by a park administrator and several utility workers, security and other maintenance aides.

Agbayani expressed hope that the upkeep of the Maramba Boulevard as well as the adjoining Aguedo Agbayani Memorial Park in front of the Capitol would be spared from politics.

“Huwag naman sanang mabahiran ng pulitika ang pagasikaso sa Maramba Boulevard,” he said.

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