Council okays underground cabling for downtown

THE 18th Davao City Council passed on third and final reading Tuesday, January 31, an ordinance requiring all telecommunication companies and Davao Light and Power Company to comply with underground cabling plan within the city streets.

This underground cabling will cover C.M. Recto St, Magsaysay Avenue, and Quirino Avenue. City Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, in a media interview Tuesday, said the cooperation of the concerned telecommunication and power companies is guaranteed for this ordinance.

“In fairness to all telecommunication and power corporations, they have not made any opposition. As a matter of fact, the ordinance and they, themselves, volunteered that they will do the underground cabling in support to the administration of Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio and President Rodrigo Duterte,” he said.

Mahipus said that despite the support and voluntary action of the companies, there is a need to impose the ordinance for companies who place wires hanging in the street.

“So they are now part of the ordinance,” he added. The ordinance covers the implementation of first phase: with estimated length of 1100 meters of C.M Recto Street within the year 2017.

This will start at the junction of San Pedro Street, and will end at the junction of R. Magsaysay Avenue. The second phase of the project within the construction period of 2018 covers more or less 1400 meters of San Pedro Street, and it will start at corner C.M. Recto and will end at Quirino Avenue.

Included in the second phase is the more than 14,000 meters underground cabling covering Magsaysay Avenue and C.M. Recto. The third phase will cover street between Roxas Rotunda and San Pedro Street.

And the last phase with target completion in 2020 will cover Quirino Avenue starting from San Pedro Street, and will end at the Boy Scout of the Philippines building.

Mahipus said that the implementation of the underground cabling project that was started at the City Hall Drive and Magallanes Street yielded positive results.

“We saw that the area is now free from hanging electricity wires, we will do that also in urban centers of Davao,” he said. Mahipus also encouraged those establishment owners to cooperate with the underground cabling, giving space for the diggings.
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