SP OK’s ordinance on underground cabling
The Sangguniang Panlungsod on Tuesday passed an ordinance requiring utility and telecommunications firms to lay their distribution cables underground within the downtown area.
The underground cabling ordinance, which seeks to clear the city’s streets of eyesores from dangling telephone and cable TV wires, will be implemented over a three-year period.
Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, the chair of SP’s Committee on Energy, said it was high time to rid the city of dangling cables as it was now a “world class city in the making.”
Prior to the passage of the ordinance, specifically in late 2015, the Davao Light and Power Co. and some pubic communication carriers already implemented underground cabling around the vicinity of the city hall.
“The different companies volunteered to improve the quality of lives, the environment and ambiance of the city of Davao being the exhibit A of President Rodrigo Duterte,” he said.
But Mahipus said even though some utility companies have started implementing underground cabling on their own, the SP still wanted to pass a law to this effect to compel other companies to follow suit.
He said they were optimistic that with the passage of the ordinance, the city’s streets will already be cleared of dangling wires by 2020.
To give teeth to the ordinance, violators will be fined P5,000 or an imprisonment of one year.
Mahipus said the ordinance will take effect after its publication in newspapers of general circulation.
He said the 1st phase – which streches for 1,100 meters – will start this year in the junction of San Pedro St. and will end at Ramon Magsaysay Ave.
In 2018, the 2nd phase will take place from C.M Recto St. to Magsaysay Park while the 3rd phase starts in 2019 from Roxas Ave. Rotunda up to San Pedro St.
The final phase of the implementation of the ordinance will start in 2020 and will cover San Pedro St. to the Bangko Sentral on Quirino Ave. CIO