As the opening of city’s new airport is expected to increase the arrival of tourists, the City Council wants the city government to prioritize the installation of street lights in particularly dark areas in Puerto Princesa.
The said proposal, based on the legislators’ deliberations, will require additional funding, however. Eng. Rolly So of the City Street Lights Division pointed out such lack of budget, saying that their office only has around Php 1M to maintain the needs of 57 out of 66 barangays in the city.
Go said they estimate that at least Php 5M will be needed to install streetlights in all areas of Puerto Princesa. He also shared that the light posts along San Miguel National Highway and Malvar Street have been damaged by road-widening activities, and are still to be addressed by contractors.
In resolution, the legislators have pushed for the creation of a task force to determine areas that still need street lighting. The group will also lead an inventory of damages inflicted by the recent series of power outages in the city.
The matter has been referred to the Committee on Public Utility and concerned units have been asked to submit a proposal for the additional budget.