Tagbilaran’s lighting problem will get some relief with new solar lamps eyed to be installed in the near future, in an effort towards a safer and crime-free city.
The move for the installation of the street light has been seen as a way to trounce on criminal activities mostly happening under the veil of darkness.
Several portions of the city remain unlit, which has been attracting potential crimes waiting to be committed.
The city council here approved last Wednesday the resolution authorizing the city mayor to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the installation of modern street lights in key areas in the city.
In a statement released by the city council media group the street lighting project will be jointly undertaken by the city and the DPWH.
The project cost is pegged at P14 million.
In the agreement, the DPWH will be the one funding the project, as the city will be responsible for the operation and maintenance-related expenses.
The lights will be installed in the city’s main streets from barangay Dampas to Bool, and Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) East Avenue.
Councilor Augustinus Gonzaga lauded the efforts of the city engineer’s office to push for the lighting project along the known dimly-lit portions of the city.
He encouraged Engr. Felito Francisco of the city engineer’s office to look into the possibility of installing solar light road studs similar to what have been installed throughout the stretch of Ma. Clara Street going towards the Tagbilaran Seaport area.
MORE STREET LIGHTS NEEDED
Street lighting is a priority of the city government. It is one of the 10 priority items listed for funding in the P1 billion 2018 budget.
In the cover letter of the mayor, street lighting and the installation of additional CCTVs all over the city are among the priorities. In a way, the move is to address the call of residents for more lights along city streets towards improved security.
The lack of street lights enables several criminal elements to unleash their nefarious activities.
One example of a case which could have been averted if only there are enough street lights to illuminate dark portions was the rape of an 18-year-old lady.
There have been a number of snatching incidents in the city where persons riding in tandem would snatch bags and rob unsuspecting victims using the cover of the night.
Some residents also called for more street lights especially in dark patches and alleys of the city.
These dark areas can be used by criminals for their criminal activities just like what happened to the rape victim.
In the meantime, the police are busy implementing their police beat system to cover as much areas and to provide more visibility as a deterrent to criminality.
Tagbilaran City Police Chief Supt. Patricio Degay said the local police already identified the busy areas of the city and focus more personnel to improve police visibility.
BE ON THE DEFENSIVE
The first line of defense against crime is to be aware and to avoid any chances of the crime being committed.
Degay said any person should let people know about their whereabouts if they are going to go out especially at night.
The city police chief also advised people to avoid dark areas and unlit places as it can be an opportunity for criminals to launch their activities.
It is also advised to have companions as having numbers can be a way to deter criminals from committing crime. (DSA)