By Glen S. Ramos
SAN JUAN City — As part of its Adopt-A-Park project, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) led by Acting Chairman Carlo Dimayuga III yesterday inaugurated and turned over the El Polvorin Linear Park located at San Juan Elementary School to San Juan City government represented by Mayor Francis Zamora.
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 started the Philippine Revolution that led to Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898.
“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.
The El Polvorin Linear Park has fountains, koi ponds, greenwalls, and landscaped-sitting areas such as benches and potted plants.
Work on the Adopt-A-Park project started last year and a brainchild of former MMDA Chairman and now Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos, Jr.
Under the project, 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.
Mayor 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. (ai/mtvn)