As part of its Adopt-A-Park project, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today inaugurated and turned over to San Juan City local government the El Polvorin Linear Park located at San Juan Elementary School.
The El Polvorin Linear Park was built in memory of the martyrs of the Himagsikan sa San Juan del Monte, who valiantly fought with their bolos and machetes against the better armed Spaniards on August 30, 1896, which ignited the Philippine Revolution that led to Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898.
MMDA Acting Chairman Carlo Dimayuga III and San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora led the inauguration of the park.
“We hope to develop or rehabilitate existing open spaces into functional green parks and recreation areas in partnership with each LGU of Metro Manila to further strengthen initiatives on urban renewal,” said Dimayuga.
For his part, Zamora expressed his gratitude to the MMDA for the rehabilitation of the El Polvorin Linear Park.
“I thank MMDA for funding the linear park. I want San Juan to be known for its historical significance,” Zamora said.
The El Polvorin Linear Park has fountains, koi ponds, greenwalls, and landscaped-sitting areas such as benches and potted plants.
Under the Adopt-A-Park project, which started last year and was the brainchild of former MMDA Chairman and now Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos, Jr., the LGU shall propose the location, design, and cost estimate, while the MMDA sets the criteria for site selection, provides funding, and implements the construction of the project.
On the other hand, Dimayuga also attended the 126th anniversary of the Battle of San Juan del Monte, otherwise known as the Battle of Pinaglabanan, held at Pinaglabanan Shrine.
Flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies were held to commemorate the 126th Battle of Pinaglabanan. A 21-gun salute was also rendered.
Other officials present during the event are Congresswoman Atty. Bel Zamora, San Juan Vice Mayor Warren Villa, and National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairman Rene Escalante.