A TELECOMMUNICATION company (Telco) is now finalizing its deed of donation to turn over the unused wires to the City Government of Bacolod, Secretary to the Mayor Atty. Joseph Karol Chiu said Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

Chiu said the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) initially agreed to donate 30 tons of unused wires that have been removed from various areas in the city.

“The unused wires will be used for the agricultural program of the barangays,” he said.

Aside from PLDT, he added, they are also waiting for the decision of other telcos if they are willing to donate the unused wires.

Chiu noted that the unused wires will be turned over to the farmers, especially in Barangay Alangilan for their vine plants.

In July, Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez issued Executive Order No. 003 creating a Task Force on Spaghetti Wires to remove, clear and recognize entangled and messy wires located in identified locations and public places that pose danger to the general public.

The members of the Task Force on Spaghetti Wires were deployed in various barangays for the removal of dangling wires from the electrical posts.

Councilor Al Victor Espino, chairperson of the City Council committee on information and communication technology, earlier said Benitez promises to address the dangling spaghetti wires along roads.

He said the task force will intensify its clearing operation in various streets.

“We need to get rid of these wires especially in the highways and secondary roads,” he said, saying that some of these are no longer functional.

Benitez earlier said that aside from being an eyesore, these dangling wires can post danger to both motorists and pedestrians.

Meanwhile, Chiu also urged the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to intensify its visibility patrol to address the rampant stealing of wires of telco companies in the city.

Chiu said they were informed that there was a stealing of wires in the area of Barangay Tangub last week.

In July, Benitez also issued EO No. 015 for the intensified and strict monitoring and implementation of anti-fencing law.

The police should also monitor the junk shops within their areas of jurisdiction, Chiu added.