BAGUIO CITY – City officials reiterated the earlier request of the local government to public utility companies using wires or cables operating in the city to address dangling and sagging wires or cables in electric posts located in the different parts of the city.
Under Resolution No. 736, series of 2023, local legislators stated that telephone and cable companies must be reminded of their obligation as responsible administrators of their businesses to guarantee the overall safety of the public.
During the Senior Citizens Official for A Day (SCOFAD) session held on October 9, 2023, the SCOFAD Council adopted the proposal of SCOFAD Councilor Josepha D. Gamsawen that reiterated to telecommunication companies to fix their dangling and sagging wires and remove non-operational wires or cables that add weight to the already heavy load on electrical posts which pose danger to the public.
Earlier, the City Council adopted, among others, legislative measures to address dangling and sagging wires in the city such as Resolution No. 292, series of 1989 for Piltel Baguio to fix, repair or undertake the necessary activity to install properly its telephone lines which crisscross streets or are left hanging and exposed along electric posts and Resolution No. 079, series of 1996 that requested the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) and the Pilipino Telephone Corporation to install their electric and telephone wires underground at Burnham Park and its vicinity, especially at Kisad Road.
The council claimed that although there had been numerous legislations adopted, there are still many areas in the different barangays that have the same problem of dangling and sagging wires.
Further, the council added that as the duty of responsible public officials and servants, it is incumbent upon them to reiterate the need to address and give appropriate solutions to the long overdue issue of dangling and sagging wires.
The body reminded the barangays of their duty to continuously safeguard their respective areas and that those concerned, such as, but not limited to, public utility companies using wires or cables be prompted their duty to regularly monitor their respective lines and remove those that are already non-functional.
Copies of the approved resolution will be transmitted to the public utility companies using wires or cables operating in the city and the barangays for their information, guidance, ready reference and further needed action. By Dexter A. See