Saturday July 21, 2018

Officials urged to help monitor utility poles

ELECTRICITY distribution firm Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) has urged barangay officials to help monitor utility poles to prevent unauthorized attachment of low-lying wires.

Gerardo Verzosa, Beneco general manager, said they support the proposed anti-dangling wire ordinance, but stressed that the measure must not infringe on the franchises of telecommunication and cable companies.

Verzosa was one of the resource speakers during the City Council session held Thursday, August 17, that discussed the so-called spaghetti wires not only in the central business district but also all over the city.

He said Beneco has stopped allowing the attachment of telecommunication and cable wires to their utility poles, except when there is a firm commitment to immediately fix dangling wires.

Utility poles are used to support power, telecommunication and cable lines.

Melchor Licoben of Beneco's network services department said telecommunication and cable companies enter into a joint pole agreement with the rural electric cooperative before they could attach their wires to a utility pole.

The utilities are mandated to maintain the required clearance from the ground so as not to pose a threat to the safety of the public.

Licoben called on residents to report dangling lines in their areas to allow the concerned companies to immediately fix these. (PR)