House Bill 9251 was filed by ABONO party-list Rep. Conrado Estrella, and Pangasinan Reps. Ramon Guico, Arnold Celeste and Tyrone Agabas.
The lawmakers said it was only “fitting” to rename the Urdaneta City bypass road after Cojuangco because it was his son, former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco, who spearheaded its construction.
The younger Cojuangco served as the congressional representative of Pangasinan’s fifth district from 2001 to 2010.
“It is Congressman Cojuangco’s vision to make Urdaneta the premiere city of Pangasinan. Carrying his vision, we continued the construction of the bypass by funding the same. And after years of careful planning, the 7.17-kilometer Urdaneta bypass road was open to the public on January 18, 2021 and today, it is ready to accommodate 38,000 motorists every day,” the bill’s authors said in the explanatory note.
“Seeing that the Urdaneta City bypass road has started from the vision of Congressman Mark Cojuangco, it is only fitting that we rename Urdaneta City Bypass Road to Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. Avenue to honor and recognize the origin of the said road,” the lawmakers added.
Cojuangco died on June 16, 2020 at the age of 85.