The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) could soon have a new name it seems. Recently, the House of Representatives approved a bill that seeks to have the 84-kilometer expressway renamed to Marcelo H. del Pilar Expressway (MHDPEX).
Co-authored and filed by Bulacan Representative Joe Antonio Sy-Alvarado and Chairman of Committee on Public Works and Highways Bayani F. Fernando, House Bill No. 8958 seeks to honor the late writer and reformist.
For Sy-Alvarado, he wants the Filipino people to be constantly reminded of the “noble deeds of Marcelo H. del Pilar and inspire our people to emulate his example of selfless service to the nation.” The representative also added that Del Pilar's “exceptional courage and leadership gave hope and helped unite the Filipino people at a critical time in our country's history.”
The Senate, however, has yet to pass a counterpart bill of their own which will also seek the renaming of NLEX to MHDPEX. This is not the first time that there have been plans to rename major roadways in the Philippines. Back in 2015, solons were planning to rename NLEX to Corazon Aquino Expressway (CAEX).
Then there were House Bills No. 4400 and 4398 which seeked to rename two Iloilo roads after former President Benigno Aquinio's parents. More recently, there was also the renaming of NLEX San Fernando Exit to 'San Fernando Pampanga's Best' back in March 2017.
Born in August 30, 1850 in Bulakan, Bulacan, Marcelo H. Del Pilar was a writer, lawyer and patriot who became famous for being one of the leaders of the Reform Movement during the Spanish occupation. Alongside Jose Rizal and Graciano Lopez Jaena, he was critical of the Spanish friars' abuse of power and pushed for reforms. He also became an editor of 'La Solidaridad', the famous revolutionary newspaper.