THE Cebu City Council wants to know why utility firms in the city still failed to comply with a local law requiring them to place underground all utility lines to get rid of dangling “spaghetti wires.”
This came after the death of 13-year-old Ralph Bureros last week. He was pinned down by a post in Barangay Tinago after a truck dragged its dangling wires.
In a privilege speech during the council’s regular session yesterday, Councilor Nestor Archival cited City Ordinance 1894, which created a utility lines installation coordinating committee (ULICC) as sub-committee for the technical infrastructure committee.
“Fourteen years after the enactment of the ordinance, the City is still facing the problem of dangling wires that pose hazards to the life and property of our residents,” said Archival.
The councilor lamented the death of Bureros, saying that a young life has been taken away.
With this, he moved to request the executive department to reconvene and reactivate the ULICC.
He also asked the barangay council of Tinago to direct their neighboring establishments to provide the police with the CCTV footage in order to identify the truck that dragged the wires in the area.
In another motion, Councilor Noel Wenceslao wants an executive session on Aug. 5 so all utility firms can give updates on the underground cabling. (Sun.Star Cebu)