Monday July 16, 2018

Mayor, Beneco to dialogue on street lights

MAYOR Maurico Domogan is set to talk to the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) to continue its maintenance of the Baguio City street lights.

The Beneco board sent the City a resolution withdrawing its hold over the street lights, citing losses incurred with its continued maintenance.

Domogan said the City has formally written the electric cooperative to shed light on its sudden decision and is willing to dialog with the cooperative in a bid to overturn its decision.

“We will wait for their reply to our letter,” Domogan said.

At present, Beneco maintains 9,000 streetlight fixtures in the city’s 128 barangays and took over maintenance with an agreement the cooperative will maintain the streetlight system with the City paying 12 burning hours of lighting, revising the original 10 burning hours in the original pact.

Domogan said the City has not been remiss in the guidelines of the agreement and would like to know the reason for the pullout of the electric cooperative from the deal.

“Wala naman tayong violation, we need to talk to them because they are our partners,” added the mayor.

Domogan said plans to convert the lighting system of the city to LED from the existing high-pressure bulbs is also in the works through a Public–Private Partnership, which will have to undergo procedures in the local government.

Earlier, the cooperative signified its intent to turn over management of the city’s streetlights to the local government as it had been suffering from losses of income in its maintenance.

Power consumption of streetlights in the city will be reduced to half if bulbs would be changed to LED, which only consumes 15 percent of energy as compared to yellow bulb (58 lumens per watt) while producing 80 lumens (light) per watts. (Maria Elena Catajan)