Portion of Cebu City barangay 'still in the dark' after Odette

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SOME streets in Barangay San Nicolas, Cebu City are still in darkness in the evening as the street lamps that were busted during the onslaught of typhoon Odette on December 16, 2021 have not been replaced yet.

In an interview with SunStar/Superbalita Cebu's program "Kumusta Kap" hosted by reporter Benjie Talisic, San Nicolas Barangay Captain Clifford Jude Niñal cited the lack of funds as the reason why the problem has not been solved until now.

Niñal mentioned C. Padilla Street as the area with many damaged street lamps as it experienced two unfortunate events: typhoon Odette and a fire prior to that.

"Ang nahitabo ana naigo na sa bagyo so before anang bagyo naigo na sa sunog, duna na silay street lights gyud kanang linyaha dinha ang nahitabo gyud ana na-apektohan sa sunog naglisod nami ana ug pabalik," Niñal said.

(What happened was that a typhoon struck, but before that there was a fire, there were already street lights along that road stretch but we had difficulty replacing the damaged ones after the fire).

Niñal added that they already made a request to the Cebu City Government but not all of the damaged street lamps were replaced.

Niñal said they also received street lamps from the office of Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president Franklyn Ong, but these were not enough to fully restore electricity in the barangay.

"Ang amo lang gyud didto naay pinakadaku nga gastoson sa suga ba, which is walay gyuy budget ang barangay sa pagpasiga ba," the village chair said.

(Our concern is that it requires a lot of money to electrify, but the barangay has no budget for that).

Niñal said he was worried about those places without lights where minors usually gather in groups and illegal drug transactions and holdup incidents are likely to occur.

Niñal hoped that the government and other concerned agencies would continue helping them solve the problem for the safety of passersby.