GENERAL SANTOS CITY (30 October 2015) – The city government has switched on 194 more streetlights costing P15.6 million from its 2014 supplemental fund. City Mayor Mayor Ronnel Rivera—along with councilors Ramon Melliza, Dominador Lagare III, Arturo Cloma and other city officials—led the ceremonial lighting of the 194 streetlights at the Fishport Junction – Airport Junction in Barangay Tambler on October 8, The lamps were installed in the said junctions under 40 calendar days period.
Abdul Wahid Bualan, the barangay captain of Tambler, said during the ceremonial lighting that the street lights would help deter two problems in their area.
“Una is mga road accidents at pangalawa, mga krimen. Mahirap talaga i-solve ang mga ganitong problema pag madilim ang lugar kaya nagpapasalamat talaga kami kay Mayor Rivera at nailawan na ang aming barangay (First are the road accidents and second, crimes. It is really hard to solve these problems if the area is dim that’s why we are thankful to Mayo Rivera that our barangay is illuminated already),” Bualan explained.
Even Mayor Rivera has his own share of story regarding his experiences in unlighted streets.
“I still remember during my days sa private sector when I had to drive a person who was hit by a truck while he was crossing the road somewhere in Tambler. Back then, most of the highways in Gensan don’t have streetlights and are very dark during night,” Mayor Rivera narrated.
“Unfortunately, the man died when we arrived at the hospital. That experience motivated me to push for a major street-lighting project in Gensan when I became the city mayor,” he added.
The lighting of Fishport Junction – Airport Junction is already the fourth phase of the street-lighting project in Gensan.
The first phase was in the DARBCI-Hadano and Hadano-Makar junctions. One hundred eighty LED street lights and 105 sodium lights were installed in the junctions, respectively. An amount of P32.8 million was spent for the first phase.
The second phase is the 247 LED streetlights installed in the entire stretch of Lagao-Katangawan junction and 190 LED streetlights in the Lagao-Buayan road. A sum of P27 million was spent for this.
Meanwhile, P14 million went to the third phase of the streetlighting in the Katangawan – Batomelong Junction.
The illumination of the main highways of Gensan, however, is not shouldered by the city government alone. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and South Cotabato Electric Cooperative II (SOCOTECO II) also participated in making the streets of the city bright and safe.
DPWH took responsibility for the light posts, while SOCOTECO gave free transformers and electric metering services.
This partnership has notably cut down the cost that should have been shouldered alone by city government of Gensan.
As of now, P90 million have been spent by the city government for the streetlighting project.
“We all know that the resources of the city government is very limited that is why I have to make a way for us to be more cost-efficient so that we can have our services reach more people,” Mayor Rivera said. (Gensan CPIO/ Ian John Lagare)