Agen­cies urged to has­ten un­der­ground ca­bling here

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DAVAO City Coun­cilor Con­rado Balu­ran, Chair of the Com­mit­tee on Trans­porta­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, said that they are putting pre­mium on the con­stant co­or­di­na­tion of dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers to fast track the com­ple­tion of un­der­ground ca­bling in the city’s main streets.

Balu­ran ac­knowl­edged the fact that the city has be­come a known tourist destination and the project would help trans­form the city and be aes­thet­i­cally at­trac­tive in re­sponse to the ris­ing de­mands of de­vel­op­ment.

“Ato na siyang pas­pasan pero ang atong gi­nafo­cus kan­ing mga main streets, Clave­ria, Ma­gal­lanes para ma­hanay gyud ang atoang mga con­nec­tions, wala nay mag bitay-bitay then later on mag adto na­pod ta sa mga atong sur­round­ing barangays (We are fo­cus­ing on the main streets to or­ga­nize con­nec­tions so there will be no more over­head wires. Af­ter that, we will pro­ceed to other vil­lages),” Balu­ran said.

Or­di­nance No. 0152 se­ries of 2017, which re­quires all telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies and Davao Light and Power Com­pany to com­ply with un­der­ground ca­bling plan within the city streets, is set to be com­pleted by 2020 that will cover C.M. Recto St., Ra­mon Magsaysay Av­enue and Quirino Av­enue. Com­pa­nies will be fac­ing penal­ties should they fail to com­ply with this.

It can be re­called that the first phase of the un­der­ground ca­bling project was com­pleted last March 2016, which cov­ered the vicin­ity of Davao City Hall up to the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod Build­ing along San Pe­dro Street.

Balu­ran said that he had called on con­cerned agen­cies in­clud­ing the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies, Davao City Wa­ter District (DCWD), DLPC, and Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) to forge co­op­er­a­tion in im­ple­ment­ing their re­spec­tive projects.

“(This aims to have) close co­or­di­na­tion when it comes to ex­ca­va­tion kay kung mag ex­ca­vate ang Davao Light karong bu­lana nahu­man, the fol­low­ing two to three months, nag ex­ca­vate na­pod ang Wa­ter District in the same place, karon dili nana pwede (If DLPC ex­ca­vates and fin­ishes this month then af­ter two to three months DCWD digs in the same area, that’s no longer per­mit­ted),” he said.

He added that these agen­cies could no longer dig or ex­ca­vate with­out in­form­ing other agen­cies to avoid du­pli­ca­tion.

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