In what is described as “a first” to happen in this southern metropolis, public utilities met and spent hours in a session discussing how to finally rid the streets and sightline of Iloilo City of sagging and tangled electric wires and cable and communication lines that make up what is commonly referred to as “spaghetti wires”.
Initiated by MORE Power-Iloilo, the gathering of influential minds resulted in the organization of (the) Public Utilities Group of Iloilo (PUGI), which lists as members all the major players in the city’s public utility business.
This was announced by Engr. Randy Pastolero, Executive Assistant for Power to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, who represented the city government in the recently-concluded collaborative meeting with executives of public utilities here.
He said the group agreed to form a team that would spearhead the removal of “spaghetti wires” along major thoroughfares and public plazas in the city.
Grouped into two teams, he said the 1st team will be in charge of the removal and installation of facilities while the 2nd team will focus on wire installation and dead wire removal.
“These two teams will report directly to the city government of Iloilo. Assisting me will be my co-member, Engr. Mars Umahag, and together we will keep the Mayor abreast of all the output,” said the mayor’s top adviser for power.
PUGI, Pastolero noted, seeks to help the city further beautify major thoroughfares—including Valeria St. and Magdalo St. in La Paz—and public plazas by eliminating the jumbled eyesores.
“The group will allocate five days each week to remove the excess and redundant wires in all six districts of the city. You will definitely see significant changes on the main roads in the city,” he said.
In particular, the group is aiming to free all the plazas of electric poles.
“Indi na sya dapat may poste sa plaza [Plazas should be free from poles]. Amat-amaton ni sya [We will do this gradually]. All redundant poles and wires will be removed,” Pastolero claimed.
Since each utility company has an assigned task in the campaign, it is expected that the repair and removal of cables and spaghetti wires will go on as scheduled without hitches.
The linemen and equipment that MORE Power assigned exclusively for the project is expected to boost the implementation of the project while ensuring that the rearranged cable and communication lines will not be only pleasing to the eyes, but secure, so as to protect the public from the harm that they pose.
“This is a project of Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas. He really wants to get rid of the unsightly poles and wires to set a standard. Iloilo City has to either be a cut above the rest or at par with other cities in the region and the country. Kay ining problema [This problem] is happening everywhere. We will be doing this in Iloilo City para makita sang iban nga maubra ini [so others will see that it can be done],” Pastolero further said.
This early, the project has generated an outpouring of all-out support from cable TV and telecom companies operating in the city.
“We commit to the enhancement project of our city mayor for the development of our city,” said Engr. Stephen Daquita of SkyCable.
Dane Macapagal of Smart-PLDT, for his part, said that PLDT and Smart share in the commitment, stressing, “We are moving forward to align our services with that of the local government’s vision of a finer-looking city.”
“Our support is all the way; together we shall rid Iloilo City of blemishes,” said Engr. Job Gimay of Globe Telecom.
ELATED AND THANKFUL
Meanwhile, Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas expressed his gratitude for the initiative, saying he was “so elated” with the organization of PUGI and the launching of its initial project.
“Nalipay gid ako sa programa sang MORE kag sang aton mga telecom companies upod sa Task Force Alambre. Ginalimpyuhan gid nila ang mga excess nga mga poste, excess nga mga wires. Kon matan-aw ta di sa Muelle nga Esplanade, tahum na dira kay nakuha na ang mga dalagko nga poste kag mga daan nga wires. Diri naman sa mga plaza naton, nagsugod sila sa Plaza Libertad kag ginkuha tanan nga mga poles. Ang plano naton diri nga tanan guid nga mga plaza sa ciudad waay na sang poste para nga madula na ni tanan kag gusto ta nga sige aton ubra. Gapasalamat ako sa Task Force Alambre kay sige aton ubra bisan may pandemic kita. Ginatinguhaan ta nga magtahum aton ciudad [I am extremely happy with the program of MORE Power and the telecom companies together with Task Force Alambre. They were able to clean our plazas and streets of excess posts and wires. The Muelle Esplanade is now really a sight to behold after they cleaned the area of tall posts and old wires. As for our plazas, they started in Plaza Libertad, where they removed all the poles. Our eventual plan is to rid all public plazas in the city of electric posts. I thank Task Force Alambre for continuously working despite the pandemic. It only goes to show that we really want to beautify our city],” Treñas said.
For his part, Roel Castro, MORE Power president and chief executive officer, declared that in no time, the “spaghetti wires” will be a thing of the past.
“Aside from being eyesores, the old wooden poles or posts with messy dangling wires and cables endanger the life and property of the Ilonggos, so this project, aside from supporting the city government’s beautification endeavors, is really more about accident-prevention,” he said, adding, “We at MORE Power-Iloilo are beyond proud to be part of this undertaking.”/INews