City gov't to start retrieval, clean-up of cables, dead wires

THE City Government of Cagayan de Oro City, together with several local telecommunication companies, will be initiating a clean-up and retrieval of cables and dead wires throughout the city.

City Councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr., the chairman of the committee on public utilities, said they were able to discuss strategies to implement a fast clean up and retrieval of abandoned cables and dead wires during the Strategic Planning on Task Force Cables and Wires in Philtown Hotel on Tuesday, January 31.

Lao said they will start the operation within the month of February or on early March in Velez Street. This will be followed by a clean-up and retrieval in Corrales and Osmeña streets.

"Meron pa namang mga active wires, i-plastar lang namin bale malinis syang tingnan na hindi kagaya ngayon kung titignan mo parang spaghetti, yung mga naga-tangled tangled dyan sa poste. So i-organized natin yan. At yung abandoned, aalisin natin, i-retrieve natin yung mga dead wires (There are still active wires, we will just organize them so it will look clean unlike now that it looks like a spaghetti, all tangled up in the post. And the abandoned cables, we will pull them out and we will retrieve the dead wires)," Lao said, adding that the wires that will remain are those of fiber optic type.

He said they will be able to finish the clean-up and retrieval operation in August.

Aside from the City Government, local telecommunication companies such as PLDT, Globe, Smart, Misamis Oriental Telephone System Inc., Parasat, Philcom, and among others, will be involved in the operation.

The city councilor also mentioned a plan to start an underground wiring system wherein telecommunication cables and wires will be placed underground.

"It needs a lot of money in order to dig at ire-request natin sa City Government na bigyan ng budget ito para maging sustainable, wala nang makikitang wires sa aerial view, sa ibabaw ng poste kung bale (and we will request a budget for this project from the City Government so that there will be no wires seen in the aerial view)," Lao said, adding that an estimated P700,000 to P1 million is need for the project.

He also said that there will be no replacement of wires and the existing fiber optic wires will just be relocated underground.

Also part of the underground wiring system, according to Lao, is the creation of a specific outlet for commercial and residential consumers.

Lao said they are expecting that the underground wiring system will be implemented within this year.
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