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Power poles, chaotic wires are dangerous, eyesores

Progress and development include having roads with properly installed electric poles and neatly placed cable wires, away from danger.
According to the Department of Public Works and Highways Eastern (DPWH) Visayas, 518 electric poles in Southern Leyte, out of 8, 736 electric poles in the region, are still unremoved and hazardous to all public and private commuters. They block widened roads in Eastern Visayas, which requires P562.84 million funds, according to DPWH.
Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (S0LECO) General Manager Jonathan Empeño said SOLECO already submitted to DPWH, through the National Electrification Administration, the cost of relocating these power poles, but is still awaiting for the release until now.
Meanwhile, Leyte III Electric Cooperative general manager Allan Laniba, president of the National Association of General Managers of Electric Cooperatives, said they have been requesting funds for the relocation of posts in the past four years. He pointed out that the posts should have been removed before the road widening since it is more costly to relocate poles after concreting.
Laniba called for the implementation of the Department of Energy – Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) joint circular signed in 2017, prescribing the uniform guidelines and procedures for the relocation of EC distribution/sub-transmission lines, and the proper payment of the costs involved.

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