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Bulacan Gov. urges Meralco, PLDT to remove posts within drainage systems
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
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REMOVE ROAD HAZARDS. Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado together with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bulacan Second District Engineer Ramiro Cruz, Kai Ocampo of PLDT, DPWH Bulacan First District Ruel Angeles, Arnel Nosares of PLDT, Paul Lopez of Meralco and Bulacan Provincial Engineer Glenn Reyes (L-R) inspects the roads along Mc Arthur Highway to identify the posts which will be removed for becoming a blockage in the drainage systems that aggravate flooding in Bulacan. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado called the attention of Meralco, PLDT and other companies to immediately relocate their posts that obstruct the drainage systems along major highways in Bulacan.

He said that in order to lay the groundwork for a flood-free and business friendly province, the electric and telephone posts encroaching along the drainage canals must be removed to prevent floodings and danger of public safety.

“It is high time we take immediate actions on this. I am calling the attention of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to coordinate with the Provincial Engineer Office and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in removing their posts and other facilities that has encroached along the road right of way of the DPWH,” Alvardo said after meeting with engineers of the DPWH Region 3 office and representatives of Meralco and PLDT.

The governor said that there are at least 900 Meralco and PLDT posts that has been obstructing the ongoing widening and upgrading of the Mc Arthur Highway from Meycauayan to Calumpit that needed to be relocated 20 meters from the road right of way of government highways.

Alvarado said that when it comes to public interest and safety, engineers as well as contactors and owners of electric and telephone posts must coordinate with provincial executives before executing their infrastructure projects.

The governor added the Provincial Government knows that electricity and telecommunications are very vital in the on-going rapid industrialization of Bulacan. But if they become public nuisance and cause of flooding, he said that it must be removed immediately.

“We need electricity, we need telecommunications. Pero kung nababaha tayo sino pa ang mag-iinvest,” Alvarado said adding that investors are now looking north of Metro Manila for business ventures and Bulacan is now on the threshold of becoming one of the premiere province of the country.

After meeting with DPWH engineers and representatives from Meralco and PLDT, Alvarado made an ocular inspection of the on-going road widening of the Mc Arthur Highway in Brgy. Longos here and showed them the rows of electric and telephone posts encroaching in the middle of the drainage system of the higway.

“Papaano dadaloy ng maayos ang tubig kung nahaharang ng mga poste. Habang nagtatagal ay hihina din ang pundasyon ng poste delikadong bumagsak ang mga ito,” he told DPWH engineers, the Meralco and PLDT representatives and the road widening contractors.

“Hindi pupwede na tuwid na tuwid ang drainage canal tapos biglang ililiko dahil sa mga poste. Ang mga poste at ipa pang sagabal ang dapat alisin,” he added.

PLDT representative Kai S. Ocampo and Paul Lopez of Meralco said they will immediately made an inventory of their posts and will coordinate with Provincial Engineer Glen Reyes and the DPWH.They both agreed to act on the matter immediately.

Alvarado said that if they will remove this road obstructions, they must do it good and make it also look attractive and safe as soon as possible. ###

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