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January 21, 2021

MMDA Chairman Abalos Requests DPWH: Fix Lightings along Major Thoroughfares

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos requests Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to improve lighting fixtures along major thoroughfares across the metropolis.

According to Abalos, street lights are important to lessen, if not avoid, fatal road accidents.

“Public safety is our utmost priority. Only one busted or broken light would endanger lives,” he explained during his meeting with the officials of DPWH and Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday.

“Without the street lights, our motorists and commuters are in danger. Part of road safety is making the road visible to all its users,”

The DPWH, thru Undersecretary Robert Bernardo, agreed to fix all street lights along major thoroughfares and to turn-over it to the MMDA within 10 days. He also said that the DPWH will pay for the electric bill of all the road lights until the time it is transferred to the MMDA.

Bernardo, however, raised concern on thieves stealing lights and other electrical fixtures on selected major thoroughfares, especially tunnels and underpasses.

“We will continue cooperation with the MMDA and the LGUs to make sure that all the street lights are working,” Bernardo assured.

Bernardo also warned those who are stealing electric materials that they will face charges as street lights are government properties.

Abalos appealed for inter-agency collaboration to make sure that major thoroughfares are maintained to be well-lit.

The DOTr, thru road sector senior consultant Bert Suansing, expressed support for Abalos and his initiatives to alleviate traffic in Metro Manila such as construction of elevated bus ramps.

“We support Chairman Abalos in pushing for safer roads and pedestrian-friendly walkways,” he said.

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