THE City Government of Davao plans to install at least 2,000 lights along the streets of the city to address the lack of street lights.

“Ang road networks nato karun mas nidaghan pa man gud, sa una wala pa gyud naga-agi diha kay dili pa kaayo maayo ang dalan wala gyud nay suga, unya karun daghan na og naga-agi ginadalanan na ang mga ubang lugar nato hinay-hinay pud gabutang ta og mga suga (We have a lot of new road networks. Thus, the reason why some of it doesn’t have lights yet but we are slowly going to install lights in those areas),” Sebastian Z. Duterte, Davao City Mayor, said in an interview with the Davao City Disaster Risk Radio on August 4, 2022.

Duterte said they will also look into street lights not functioning. However, Davao Light and Power Company (Davao Light) said this incident must also be reported to them.

“Katong mga street lights nga wala nagasiga, all they [the complainant] need to do is to report it sa amoang office para matagaan nato og action para ma-replace nato or ma-fix nato ang problem sa street lights (People should report the street lights that are not functioning to our office for us to be able to fix it),” Fermin Edillon said in a separate interview during the Press Conference in NCCC Victoria Plaza, on August 5, 2022.

Edillon said among the things they are working on with the City Government is the conversion of the sodium light to light-emitting diode (LED) lights which is expected to be completed this coming 2023.

In November 2019, Davao Light completed at least 4,000 conversions of the sodium lights. Furthermore, Davao Light executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Rodger Velasco said the power company will shoulder the project's cost of an estimated P400 million to P500 million. KSD