June 20, 2024

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – In recognition of his socio-economic and infrastructure build-up of Kalinga and his various landmark legislations in Congress, the 60-meter wide Kalinga-Cagayan primary road in this city is named after this builder and development initiator.
Touted as the first boulevard in the Cordillera, the Manuel S. Agyao Boulevard is 13.672 kilometers with 10 lanes constructed at the Bulanao commercial area. It stretches from the Antonio Canao bridge in Barangay Calanan, traversing through Barangays Bulanao and Ipil, up to the Alliog Bridge in Barangay Nambaran, all in Tabuk City.
The boulevard is seen by planners and developers as a shining jewel in the infrastructure industry that will reshape how the spatial development of Tabuk City takes place in the future.
The naming of the Manuel S. Agyao Boulevard is by virtue of Republic Act 11603 authored by Kalinga Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang to give honor to the legacy of the late congressman and his significant contribution in the economic progress and growth of Kalinga.
Agyao, former regional director and assistant secretary of the Department of Public works and Highways, served as Kalinga’s representative in Congress for three terms. Aside from various infrastructure projects he worked out, among his landmark legislations in Congress is the conversion of the Kalinga State College into a state university, creation of the Upper Kalinga District Engineering Office, creation of an additional branch of the Regional Trial Court in the province, declaration of Kalinga as a tourism development area, and conversion of secondary schools into national high schools. – Redjie M. Cawis