Proper re­lo­ca­tion of util­ity poles in city eyed

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THE CITY Coun­cil ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion on the in­stal­la­tion or re­lo­ca­tion of util­ity poles and sup­port struc­tures in ar­eas duly iden­ti­fied in co­or­di­na­tion with af­fected or con­cerned im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies.

Coun­cilor Peter Fianza, in his pro­posed mea­sure said there are nu­mer­ous road widen­ing projects be­ing im­ple­mented along var­i­ous thor­ough­fares in the city by the re­gional and district of­fices of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) and the con­cerned of­fices of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

The res­o­lu­tion pointed out af­fected by these in­fra­struc­ture projects be­ing im­ple­mented are poles, sup­port struc­tures, ca­bles, wires and other trans­mis­sion equipment of util­ity, ca­ble tele­vi­sion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion companies and in­dus­tries that must be re­lo­cated.

Based on the res­o­lu­tion, clear guide­lines are re­quired for the re­lo­ca­tion of the af­fected poles and trans­mis­sion sys­tems so as not to in­ter­rupt their ser­vices to the res­i­dents of the city.

The res­o­lu­tion added util­ity companies and in­dus­tries, in ac­cor­dance with their re­spec­tive fran­chises, were granted rights of way for them to con­struct, op­er­ate and main­tain in the pub­lic in­ter­est and com­mer­cial pur­poses their re­spec­tive dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tems for the con­veyance of elec­tric power or the trans­mis­sion of tele­vi­sion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sig­nals to end users in the different parts of the city.

Fran­chises of the util­ity companies, added the res­o­lu­tion, are not with­out lim­i­ta­tions be­cause while it is law­ful for the grantees, their suc­ces­sor and as­signs, to make ex­ca­va­tions or lay con­duits in any of the pub­lic places, high­ways, streets, lanes, al­leys, av­enues, side­walks or bridges, for the pur­pose of erect­ing poles and other sup­ports for said fa­cil­i­ties and main­tain­ing wires for other con­duc­tors or for the pur­pose of lay­ing and main­tain­ing said fa­cil­i­ties, wires, ca­bles or other con­duc­tors, it must be with the prior ap­proval of the DPWH or with the con­cerned lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit as may be ap­pro­pri­ate.

For the im­me­di­ate

preser­va­tion of the pub­lic peace, health and safety and for the ag­gres­sive pro­mo­tion of the gen­eral wel­fare, the res­o­lu­tion states that Re­pub­lic Act 2000 (Lim­ited High­way Ac­cess Act) pro­vides the DPWH with the au­thor­ity to es­tab­lish lim­ited ac­cess fa­cil­i­ties which are de­fined as a high­way or street es­pe­cially de­signed for through traffic, and over, from, or to which own­ers or oc­cu­pants of abut­ting land and other per­sons have no right or ease­ment or only a lim­ited right of ease­ment of ac­cess light, or view by rea­son of the fact that their prop­erty abuts upon such lim­ited ac­cess fa­cil­ity or for any other rea­son.

Fur­ther, such high­ways or streets may be park­ways, from which trucks, buses, and other com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles shall be ex­cluded; or they may be free­ways open to use by all cus­tom­ary forms of streets and high­way traffic.

The res­o­lu­tion noted most of the ex­ist­ing poles were erected with an un­der­stand­ing with the DPWH that the poles will be re­lo­cated when the oc­cu­pied area will be needed for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of DPWH projects in the different parts of the city.

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