The city government has vowed to prioritize the installation of street lights in selected barangays around Puerto Princesa City as a measure to minimize road accidents and criminality.
City administrator Arnel Pedrosa said the priority areas that will be funded from the city’s 2018 infrastructure budget include the barangays of Bancao-Bancao, Sicsican, Santa Lourdes and Irawan.
“Kasama sa priority project ni Mayor (Lucilo) Bayron ‘yung pagpapalagay at pagpapailaw ng mga street lights,” Pedrosa said.
Pedrosa particularly cited the plan to put up additional street lights in areas around Jacana in Barangay Bancao-Bancao where several crimes have been recorded in the past.
“Balak ng city government na ilagay ang mga street lights sa mga barangay na madilim, pati sa Jacana, Bancao bancao kasi madilim d’yan sa area na ‘yan,” said Pedrosa.
He said their plan includes repairing of some street lights and electrification of street lights that are not working.
Pedrosa added however that the ongoing road projects along the city highway and in several areas are delaying the implementation of their plans.
“Hindi lang natin muna mailagay ang mga street lights dahil maraming road projects for widening. Tatanggalin lang nila ‘yung street lights at dagdag expenses lang ‘yun sa amin,” said Pedrosa.
City budget officer Regina Cantillo said that the overall budget for 2018 is P2.5B, the bulk of which, amounting to around P500 million, is set aside for infrastructure development.