Erap allots PHP128M in additional funds to complete street lighting project in Manila

Erap allots PHP128M in additional funds to complete street lighting project in Manila

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has set aside PHP128 million in additional funds for the installation of more street lights in the city streets and tourist spots.

The PHP128 million, which has been allocated for 2016, is on top of the PHP61 million Mayor Estrada released on March last year that facilitated the installation of 1,054 new lamp posts in 37 city roads.

The project is also in line with the city government’s urban renewal program – which is aimed at reviving Manila’s old glory – that included improved landscaping, renovation of historic parks and monuments, and more convenient facilities.

From March 14, 2015 to March 14, 2016, a total of 1,054 lamp posts were erected in 37 major roads and streets throughout Manila, such as portions of Roxas Boulevard, Taft Avenue, Vito Cruz, Quirino Avenue, and UN Avenue, among others.

Engr. Lorenzo Alconera, chief of the City Electrical Division, said they are targeting to install 1,884 more lamp posts in the coming months to complete the programmed 2,938 units under the project.

Mayor Estrada, according to Alconera, wants to prioritize crime-prone areas, dimly-lit barangay streets, and places frequented by tourists such as Ermita in the street lighting project.

About two weeks ago, Mayor Estrada led the ceremonial switching on of 94 new lamp posts worth PHP5.4 million along R-10 from Dagupan to Moriones streets in Tondo, where petty crimes were prevalent at night time.

He said it is the city government’s primary goal to protect residents and tourists from crimes by pursuing the illumination of dimly-lit areas in Manila. PNA/