MANDAUE CITY – Typhoon Odette wrecks havoc along its path, causing millions in losses and damage to infrastructure. To help mitigate the damage caused by future typhoons, Mandaue City will soon adapt to change, with overhead utility wires being replaced with underground cables.
As per report of SunStar Cebu, this was said by lawyer John Eddu Ibañez, executive secretary to Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, following a series of meetings with utility companies such as power, water, cable, and internet providers.
Ibañez noted that a lot of utility lines were destroyed during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) on Dec. 16, 2021, which has taken utility providers more than a month to replace.
He stated that they intend to begin underground cabling within the city’s business districts or planned urban development (PUD) zones, including the South Special Economic Administrative Zone or reclamation sites.
The plan is in keeping with the ordinance drafted by City Councilor Joel Seno on 2020, which calls for the undergrounding of all electrical and communications wires and cables within the city’s business districts
According to the lawyer, the intended goal of the underground cabling was to eliminate spaghetti wires, which were an eyesore in the city’s main thoroughfares.
“We are getting to have more and more internet, telephone and cable wires. Our main thoroughfares are really very dirty now,” Ibañez said in Cebuano.
“We realized the importance of underground cables because there will be less damage during a typhoon and the restoration of power will be quicker as the wires will not be cut,” he added.
According to Ibañez, Mandaue City may enter into a joint venture agreement with the utility providers in order for the plan to be realized.