THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) urged the management of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) Inc. to remove obstructive electrical posts in preparation for Bacolod City’s hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit meetings in March.

District Engineer Abraham Villareal said he already informed the management of Ceneco to take down the poles in the middle of the roads, especially along the circumferential road towards Bacolod-Silay Airport Road.

He said he told Ceneco to give priority to their request as part of the requirements of the Asean National Organizing Committee.

Villareal added that every month, he holds a meeting with Ceneco and other public utility offices, including Bacolod City Water District, and telecommunication and cable television companies, to discuss the removal of obstructive materials in the middle of the highways.

“They should remove these not only for the Asean Summit,” he said.

City Administrator John Orola earlier said they will also demolish the illegal structures along the national highways and main streets to ensure that roads are free from illegal structures during the Asean meetings.

Bacolod will host two Asean summit meetings on March 14 to 16, and March 21 to 24.

Villareal said it is a welcome initiative of the City Government to remove the illegal structures and they will continue this even after the Asean Summit.

He added that they already notified about 100 business owners to remove the illegal structures that are occupying the national and local roads.

Villareal also ordered the bridge and road contractors to fast track their works along Bacolod Government Center and Homesite areas.

He said the contractors should finish their work before the Asean meetings.