TOURISM Secretary Wanda Teo showed interest about the Philippines hosting the prestigious Miss Universe pageant. The department thinks this could bring opportunities to the country. If pageant's president Paula Shugart will entertain the idea, I hope she won't invite global observer, Bill Gates, to make an ocular in our area with her. The Microsoft founder sparked outrage recently over a photo he posted on social media illustrating some tangled overhead wires in Bangkok. Here in our country, these unpleasant views of hanging spaghetti cables and wires that for some describe it as some sort of a snake's nest is a also a common scene.
Throughout many years, we have been accustomed with this kind of eyesore and we somewhat accepted it as a daily visual pollution. Invite some natives from Chicago to our villages and don't be surprised that one day we'll see hanging shoes like Christmas lanterns from these jumbled telephone wires and cables. Facades of alluring buildings and structures no matter how majestic or how exorbitant are being over-clouded by the blot making pictorials a bit challenging even for the top photographers to fanfare. It is the type of spaghetti no one wants to chew, not even the Italians. While many national leaders are fixated on mending the congestion on the land, they start to obliterate the need to knuckle down on the aerial crowding.
Uncounted politicians have attempted to face the daunting task of clearing the atmospheric blemish only to hit the skids when the discussion about budget demands horn in. But here in Angeles City, the city government had enough of these inedible spaghetti cables and wires. Lucky are the new couples to be wed at the historic Holy Rosary Parish for they can enjoy memorable pictorials without having it photoshopped. The city's beautification project started along the busy street of Sto. Rosario. It complimented the simplistic scenery of Plaza Angel inside Angeles' heritage district. And the pilot project happened at zero cost. It was a matter of political will.
Today, Telcos and the electric corporation are working hand-in-hand with the city government of Angeles to get rid of those inactive and disconnected wires, and bundle them into a single line to eliminate the eyesore. The traditional wooden posts are now being replaced with concrete and adjusted away from the main road. It's no wonder why the city has been awarded the national Pearl Award by the Department of Tourism for best tourism practices from local government units. And when other provinces notice the efforts of the city, they followed the same and utilized the idea of the local government here. It's not impossible after all. But it takes courage, political will, and a lot of dedication.
At present, modern developers are also incorporating this idea to their new projects.
Just last week, Megaworld Corporation met with the local media here about their huge township project in the iconic Pasudeco which they will coin it The Capital when it finishes.
The giant developer said that part of their thirty billion-peso urbanizing project is to situate all cables and wires underground. That's a welcome development and I hope all future construction would do the same.