Cleanup in Davao City not only includes proper waste segregation and prompt garbage collection coupled with general discipline from the population. It also includes removal of eyesores typically found in big cities within the country: cables hanging in between posts. Whether cable, telephone or electric wires, these connections have become tangled and messy, creating headache to linemen on routine maintenance or on troubleshooting duties.
But just because they are commonly seen in Philippine cities, we’ll accept them as part of growth and prosperity. Davao City showed it is possible to get rid of them — or shall we say hide them underground — after doing a pilot area around City Hall Drive. Now the city is planning to expand the setup to cover a wider area of downtown Davao with the passage of a city ordinance on Tuesday, January 31 requiring all telecoms companies as well as Davao Light and Power Company to comply with its underground cabling plan across CM Recto Avenue, Magsaysay Avenue and Quirino Street.
A copy of the proposed ordinance revealed the implementation of first phase with estimated length of 1100 meters of C.M Recto Street within the year 2017. The project will start in the junction of San Pedro Street, and will end at the junction of R. Magsaysay Avenue.
Second phase of the project will involve 1,400 meters of underground cabling that starts at corner C.M Recto and will end at Quirino Avenue.
The phase three will cover street between Roxas Rotunda and San Pedro Street.
And the last phase with target completion in 2020 will cover E. Quirino St. starting from San Pedro Street, and will end at Boy Scout of the Philippines-Quirino.
The project aims to make Davao City globally competitive, attract investments, and lead the way in providing a clear model of sustainable and aesthetic demands on the aesthetic response to the rising demands of progress and their impact to the environment.
Section 5 of the ordinance mandates all electric utility companies and public telecommunication carriers servicing the city, including but not limited to other persons constructing, maintaining, installing
aerial wires and cables shall place all the wires and cables underground. Section 6 defines a fine of P5,000 to those who violate the ordinance after issuance of three notices. Offenders may face cancellation of business permit if they still fail to follow the ordinance after fourth and fifth notice.
The penalty shall also include the cancellation of business license. The cost of the underground cabling project including the restoration of the excavated streets are shall be jointly shared among the electric utility companies and public telecommunication carriers as determined in the integrated design or plan as formulated by the Wires and Cables Technical Team.