Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has released P128 million for the installation of additional lights in the streets and tourist spots of Manila.
Estrada said the amount is in addition to the P61 million that was released in March last year that was for the installation of 1,054 new lampposts in 37 roads.
“Gusto ko rito ay liwanag, hindi dilim” [What I want here is brightness, not darkness], he stressed.
“We want to light up as many streets as we can because the safety of the public is our main concern,” he added.
The project is also in line with Estrada’s urban renewal program — which is aimed at reviving Manila’s old glory — that includes improved landscaping, renovation of historic parks and monuments, and more convenient facilities.
Engr. Lorenzo Alconera, chief of the City Electrical Division, said Estrada’s administration aims to install 1,884 more lamp posts in the coming months to complete the programmed 2,938 units under the project.
“With the P128 million additional fund, we will be able to complete the procurement and installation of more lamp posts within the year, barring any hitches,” Alconera said.
He pointed out that the Estrada administration’s street lightning project will prioritize crime-prone areas, dimly-lit streets, and places frequented by tourists such as Ermita.
Two weeks ago, Estrada led the ceremonial switching on of 94 new lampposts worth P5.4 million along R-10 from Dagupan to Moriones streets in Tondo, where petty crimes were prevalent at night time.
He said it is the city government’s primary goal to protect residents and tourists from crimes by pursuing the illumination of dimly-lit areas in Manila.