DPWH Opens New Road Named After First Fallen Soldier in Marawi Siege
"This new road we are opening was named 'JC Morales Avenue' to honor First Lieutenant John Carl Morales who died during a military operation against ISIS-inspired local terrorists group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur on the 23rd of May, 2017," said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, who led the inauguration ceremony together with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
First Lieutenant Morales, who was the Company Commander of the 49th Infantry (Good Samaritan) Battalion of the Philippine Army during the siege, led his men in a six-hour firefight that led to eight enemy casualties and recovery of weapons and other rebel assets.
"We hope that as we improve traffic within Camp Aguinaldo with this new road, we will likewise spread the heroism of First Lieutenant Morales and the rest of the fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives fighting for the people of Marawi City," said Secretary Villar.
DPWH allocated a total of PHP50 million to construct JC Morales Avenue which is complete with 36 inches in diameter reinforced concrete pipes manholes and 1.2-meter sidewalk on both sides.
The road project also covers the improvement and upgrading of existing roads: the 437.25-linear meter Crame Avenue Extension with a newly-constructed and opened 'Gate 5' that will serve as entry and exit portal from White Plains Avenue; and 415-linear meter Capinpin Avenue Extension.