After almost two decades of attempt, the city government of Cagayan de Oro will start dismantling today (Tuesday, April 17) unused wires belonging to utility companies dangling over the city streets.
Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) head Engr. Nonito Oclarit reported that the initial phase of the project will start at 7:00 a.m. today at the Osmena-Yacapin junction.
Oclarit said that crews from the utility firms, assisted by RTA enforcers, will work their way towards the whole stretch of Osmena St. to remove the eyesores, notoriously named as "spaghetti wires" by the residents here.
He identified the following utility companies which have committed to remove their respective unused firms: Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco), Misamis Oriental Electric Service Cooperative (Moresco) 1, Parasat Digital HD, Philcom-PLDT, Misamis Oriental Telephone System (Misortel) and the local branches of telecom giants Globe and Smart.
These seven entities have inked an agreement in yesterday's flag raising at City Hall to form Task Force Hapsay Kable which will supervise the "spaghetti wires" removal.
Oclarit said the task force will be chaired by Mayor Oscar Moreno and co-chaired by National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) 10 director Teodoro Buenavista and Councilor Teodulfo Lao in his capacity as chair of the committee on utilities.
Oclarit said that after they have finished clearing Osmena St., the task force will decide on which stretch to clean next.
"Igo ra mi mag-assist. Ang mga utilities g'yud mismo ang magtangtang sa ila mga wire," he explained.
In a separate interview, Lao said that he will meet again with the utilites and telcos to propose underground cabling all over the city.
"Kung nahimo kini sa Centrio, I'm sure kaya kini sa private sector," Lao said, referring to the surroundings around the Ayala-owned Centrio complex of a shopping mall, hotel and condo which is devoid of "spaghetti" eyesores.
Both the Emano and Jaraula administrations attempted to rein in the utilities and telcos to remove their "spaghetti wires" during their time but apparently, that project didn't take off.
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