Councilor pushes measure to remove 'messy' cables

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Friday, April 11, 2014


DAVAO City Councilor Leonardo Avila III is drafting an ordinance that will address the "messy" electric and communication cables in the city.

Avila, speaking in Thursday's Ispeak Forum at the City Council, said some of the salient features of the ordinance will be a provision for underground cabling and requiring buildings to have a service entrance for communication cables.

"The service entrance for communication cables will be a new requirement for acquiring a building permit," he said.

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Avila, who also chairs the Committee on Transportation and Communication, said the current set-up in securing a building permit requires only a service entrance for electric cables.

The service entrance will serve as a point of entry for communication cables, which will be connected to a service equipment. Users can then connect to the equipment by connecting to an outlet that is connected to the service equipment.

"This will benefit the establishment because they do not have to install a lot of cables but instead they can just connect to the outlet," he said.

The service entrance for communication cables will be required to new buildings while old buildings will be given a grace period of two to three years to adopt the service entrance.

The draft initially includes provisions for the underground cabling like the right-of-way and its inclusion to the planning perspectives of the city.

"The underground cabling will be mainly for electric distribution and communication companies," Avila said.

He also said underground cabling will lessen the number of poles used throughout the city. When passed into law, the measure will allow one pole for a certain area.

Avila said the committee is currently preparing a committee report for the ordinance.

They have studied similar ordinances, like the ones in Tagum City and Cagayan de Oro City, and the Park System Board Resolution in coming up with the ordinance.

"We expect that the ordinance will be passed this year," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 11, 2014.

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