July 15, 2024

City officials recently reiterated their call for telecommunication companies operating in the city to fix, relocate, or remove their respective dangling cable wires or the so-called ‘spaghetti’ wires attached to poles and posts along the roads and streets posing danger to the general public’s lives and properties.

Under Resolution 503, s. 2023, the city council stated that the local government prioritized the clearing of fallen trees affecting power lines, cables and roadsides to avoid life-threatening situations involving the existence of dangling cable wires and poles or posts which had been affected by the recent wrath of Typhoon Egay.

The local legislative body adopted several legislations to address the presence of dangling cable and telecommunication wires or ‘spaghetti’ wires, poles, or posts posing danger to the general public by various public utility companies operating in the city.

Among the said legislations include Resolution 88, s. 2012 supporting the request of the Benguet electric Cooperative, Inc. in its letter dated March 29, 2012 with regard to cables/lines attached to Beneco poles and strongly urging the PLDT/Piltel/Smart, Globe Telecom, Mountain View Satellite Corporation, Digitel, Sky Cable and Bayantel to take necessary action regarding their respective cables/lines.

Resolution 140, s. 2018 also declared and adopted as a policy of the local government for utility poles and support structures of Beneco, cable television, communication companies and industries, and other utility companies to be installed or relocated only in areas or locations duly identified for the purpose in coordination with the affected or concerned implementing agencies.

Resolution 253, s. 2018 was also passed directing the various telecommunication companies to fix, relocate or remove their respective dangling cable wires and poles or posts along Legarda Road, Military Cutoff and Kennon Road and Resolution 32, s. 2022 that reiterated the city’s call for the Department of Public works and Highways-Cordillera, Beneco, cable television, communication, and other utility companies to remove or relocate electric poles or posts, dangling cable wires, and other obstructions within the national government’s right-of-way as a result of road widening and other related projects in the city.

The council said Typhoon Egay has left in its wake a trail of devastation in several parts of the country, affecting over half a million people and leaving many homes and livelihoods in ruins. – PIO release