Monday, 12 February 2024 07:26


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The Task Force Klarex Nga Serbisyo Sa Kable on Thursday pushed for the turnover of the underground cabling facilities of the province-owned Misamis Oriental Telephone Co. (Misortel) to Cagayan de Oro City Hall.
During a seminar-workshop held by the task force in one of the city’s hotels, Regional Director Teodoro Buenavista of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC-10) said an agreement between the city and Misamis Oriental would help facilitate the long delayed placement of telecom and power lines underground.
‘Last Jan. 25, (we learned that) the provincial government ordered the closure of Misortel and (this presents an opportunity for us) to finally pursue the placement of all telecom and power lines underground,’ said Buenavista, who co-chairs the task force with Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Rolando ‘Klarex’ Uy.
Buenavista said they earlier proposed to Misamis Oriental Gov. Peter Unabia that the province undertake the placement of telecom and power lines underground in cooperation with telecommunications and electric utility companies since it owned Misortel.
A meeting between Mayor Klarex and Governor Unabia on the issue was held at the mayor’s office in 2022. Under a proposed agreement between the city and province, the pilot underground cabling will be set up at Misortel’s Velez Street office starting from Fernandez Street all the way to Claro M. Recto Avenue or a distance of 1.4 kilometers.
An ordinance authorizing the establishment of the proposed underground cabling system for the city is also proposed by the task force.
In the meantime, the task force secured assurance from Councilor Roger Abaday that he will endorse to the 20th City Council the passage of an ordinance mandating the standards for the construction of poles and attachment of telecom and power lines in order to eliminate the presence of dangling or ‘spaghetti wires’ in Cagayan de Oro City.
Buenavista also said the task force also known as the CDO-ICT Task Force on Cables and Wires is scheduled to launch with City Hall the clearing of dangling or spaghetti wires sometime this February covering the area of Vamenta Boulevard in Barangay Carmen up to some portions of the city’s uptown area. (Stephen Capillas of City Information Office)