MANILA, April 12 — Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said on Monday he has approved a city council-enacted ordinance renaming K-E Street in Barangay Kamuning to Dr. Jesus Azurin Street.
Belmonte said it is the city government's fitting tribute to the former health official for his outstanding achievements in the field of public health, both here and abroad.
Under the Local Government Code, the city council of highly urbanized cities is authorized to change the names of city roads, avenues, boulevards, thoroughfares and bridges, in consultation with the National Historical Institute (NHI).
The city council already notified the Office of the President, the congressional representative of the 4th district of QC and the director of the Postal Services Office, as well as all other agencies concerned on the approval of the ordinance.
Principally authored by Councilor Resty Malangen, the measure calling for the renaming of K-E Street to Dr. Jesus Azurin Street was approved and passed by the 26-member council on Feb. 1.
In sponsoring the ordinance, Malangen said Dr. Azurin dedicated his life to the rehabilitation and improvement of the Philippine public health system in an effort to reach out to the poor and rural communities.
Dr. Azurin was health minister from 1981 to 1986 and was awarded the prestigious Sasakawa Prize by the World Health Organization (WHO) for his outstanding achievements in public health.
His studies on yellow fever, smallpox, and cholera as well as his formulation of less restrictive quarantine methods had earned him international awards and recognition.
Dr. Azurin also pioneered the first community-based health action in Third World countries through the institution of primary health care on a nationwide scale and delivery of these health care services down to the barangay level. (PNA) scs/JCA