Some P3.9M out to clean up Oro of `messy wires’

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By PJ Orias

THE City Gov­ern­ment of Ca­gayan de Oro has al­lo­cated a to­tal of P3.9 mil­lion to “re-groom the city” by re­triev­ing the dan­gling ca­ble wires along the city streets which starts to­day, April 17, along Ya­capin-Os­mena streets.

City Mayor Os­car Moreno has part­nered with key telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion play­ers as well as the Ca­gayan Elec­tric Power and Light Com­pany (Cepalco) to re­move the un­used wires.

Moreno said the bud­get will be used to pur­chase equip­ment to clean the messy streets which are vis­i­ble be­fore the pub­lic eye.

As the city gears up to be­com­ing a “smart city”, Moreno wel­comed the sug­ges­tions of Cepalco se­nior vice pres­i­dent Ralph Paguio and Parasat Ca­ble Tele­vi­sion chair­man El­pidio Paras to build an un­der­ground sys­tem for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and elec­tric power lines within the city’s cen­tral busi­ness district. “In the fu­ture the thrust is, we should prob­a­bly have some­thing more ef­fi­cient like an un­der­ground line but just on ma­jor thor­ough­fares ini­tially, be­cause it is very ex­pen­sive to have un­der­ground lines, but it’s very ef­fi­cient for Ca­gayan de Oro,” Paguio said.

“We hope a long-term plan for the city should be a vi­tal un­der­ground struc­ture that will be com­bined with the drainage sys­tem so that we can have a city ur­ban area that is free from un­sightly ca­bles and wire. We will gladly join the mayor in mak­ing this hap­pen, our com­pany is also look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the mayor,” were Paras’ words.

Moreno said they are work­ing on the project es­pe­cially in mak­ing it cost-ef­fi­cient.

“We need ev­ery­body’s co­op­er­a­tion in mak­ing this pos­si­ble.

This is im­por­tant in or­der to make the city a smart city, and cer­tainly a very com­pet­i­tive city. Specif­i­cally, we have bits and pieces of the project, even­tu­ally we will get there. We al­ready have a tech­nol­ogy avail­able that cost-ef­fi­cient. It’s doable,” he said.

The retrieval and cleanup oper­a­tion will be­gin in Osmeña Street and will con­tinue ev­ery day un­til all the aban­doned or un­used wires in the city are re­moved.

Task Force Hap­say Kable is headed by City Mayor Os­car Moreno and co-chaired by Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion Re­gional Di­rec­tor Teodoro Bue­nav­ista Jr. and City Coun­cilor Teo­dulfo Lao Jr. Cepalco, the City Pub­lic Ser­vice Of­fice, City En­gi­neer’s Of­fice, Of­fice of the Build­ing Of­fi­cial, and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies such as PLDT, Globe, Smart, Parasat, Philcom, and Misamis Ori­en­tal Tele­phone Sys­tem Inc. (MisOrTel).

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