Davao City to Eliminate Cable and Wiring Mess in Downtown Streets

Soon Davao City, or at least part of it, will become even more appealing as an executive order will help conceal electrical and communication wires — ubiquitous in the city’s streets yet eyesore to everybody — under the ground.

A Wires and Cable (WAC) team was formed out of Executive Order 2, series of 2015, to be represented by City Administrator Melchor V. Quitain. City Engineer’s Office (CEO) chief Roland C. Reyes will be the vice chairman. Other members include members of the City Council’s Transportation and Communications, City Planning and Development Office, Public Safety and Command Center, City Transport and Traffic Management Office, Department of Public Works and Highways, National Telecommunications Commission, Davao City Water District, Davao Light and Power Company, PLDT-Smart, Globe Telecom, DC Tech, Sky Cable, and BayanTel, and Bureau of Fire Protection.

E.O. No. 2 is a more actionable policy compared to the current city ordinance 0177 – 14 which mandates that all electrical and telecommunication wires and cables in vicinity of City Hall and the City Council must be placed underground.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said while it takes a long time to implement the plan, it’s worth the wait.

“Gwapo na kay ang installation ana lig-on gyud. Maayo gyud na materials,” Duterte said Sunday, according to Sun Star.

The areas within Davao City Hall and the City Council will serve as pilot areas of the implementation.

Messy wires are not only ugly, but also pose security hazard to establishments, motorists and pedestrians. Cable and electrical linemen fixing these lines also contribute to traffic congestion on affected thoroughfares.

In July 2014, city councilor Leo Avila presented the state of the city’s messy wires and proposed plans to regulate wires, cables and poles by utility companies. He floated the idea of laying wires and cables underground to put an end to the spaghetti like mess that’s becoming a usual blight found in Philippine cities.

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Photo credits: Councilor Leo Avila

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