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City Holds Public Hearing on the Guidelines of Electric Posts Usage

SP Benito Y. Gustilo Jr (left, front) led the Public
Hearing on the Ordinance on the electric post
at SP session hall, September 7. Also SP Philip
Gerard B. Maisog, SP Wilmer L. Yap and SP
Clint S. Mansueto were also present during the
meeting.

The Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the local government of San Carlos held a public hearing on the proposed ordinance on the electric posts’ usage guidelines this afternoon, Sep. 7 at the SP Session Hall.

The proposed ordinance entitled, “An ordinance regulating the usage of electrical posts as posts to all telecommunications carrier on the regulation of electrical posts usage as posts to all telecommunications carrier and community antenna television companies (CATV) and other apparatus encroached on public sidewalks and roads, and providing penalties for violation thereof” was endorsed by the Public Utilities and Integrated Land Transport Terminal Committee headed by SP Member Benito Y. Gustilo Jr.
The proposed ordinance was created after it was observed that privately owned utility companies such as those engaged in the electricity, telephone, television and internet cable services have been using the sidewalks unregulated, posing danger to lives and properties; putting excessive load brought about by numerous utility cable wires anchored on electrical posts oftentimes caused rupture thus causing traffic obstructions and accidents among others.
Among the discussed guidelines of the ordinance were the color-coded marking scheme, anchored cable wires’ physical clearance of at least 18 feet from the concrete pavement, permitted length of crossover cables, replacement of misaligned/misplaced cable wires and penalties in accordance to the local government code.
Barangay 1 and 3 Captains Joselito Lopez and Laurito Dela Rita also suggested to the committee that private utility companies should seek assistance or permits from the respective barangay before connecting to the posts.
SP Members Clint S. Mansueto and Benito Y. Gustilo Jr. on the other hand said, their suggestions won’t be approved for now but the members of the committee will sit down to further discuss on the matter.
Also present during the public hearing were Vice Mayor Christopher Paul S. Carmona, SP Members Jose Carlos L. Villarante and Mark E. Cui and representatives of the 18 barangays, City Engineering Department, City Treasurer’s Office, City Accounting Office and privately owned utility companies.