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The Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), one of the lead movers of the underground distribution system within the City Government complex project has shown interest in supporting the plan to implement the project citywide.

That is, if the City Government of Davao will craft another executive order mandating that all electrical and telecommunication wires and cables within the city will be placed underground.

Arturo M. Milan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of DLPC, told reporters Friday they are more than willing to assist in the citywide implementation of the project.

“If indeed the plan of making it citywide will push through, and if an executive ordinance will be created, surely we will be of help,” he said.

He emphasized that the completed P108-million underground utility cable distribution system within the City Hall and City Council vicinity including C.M. Recto St., San Pedro St., Davao City Hall Drive and A. Pichon St., is just a pilot area and that the Davao City Wires and Cable (WAC) technical team will initially observe and study on the possibility of adapting it within the whole city.

The WAC technical team is a multi-sectoral group composed of government officials and representatives of affected private companies that will oversee the underground cable project.

Milan added that removal of Davao Light posts and the underground lines are being energized before 2015 ends while the Telecommunications posts and wires were removed before the opening of the Araw ng Dabaw last March 12.

Meanwhile, the city’s WAC technical team will meet this month to discuss the technical evaluation of the system and the plans of its expansion.

Task Force Drainage project officer and member of the WAC team Enginner Alexander Abing, in an earlier report, said that the possible expansion is yet to be seen.

“It depends on the scope of work that we will tackle. We need to meet in order to iron things early as this project will entail a huge preparation as it will affect a lot of stakeholders,” Abing said.

The project is initiated in a bid to get rid of the messy and tangled overhead wires in the city’s skyline view. It is eyed to bolster the image of the city as internationally competitive, tourist and investment-attractive with a sustained and enhanced environment.

Last January 2015, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Executive Order 2 series of 2015 constituting the implementation of the pilot project.

A similar project is currently being undertaken for the grounds of the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.

(with reports from SunStar Davao)

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