Rama to utility firms: Be 100% operational before July 1

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CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama challenged the Visayan Electric Company and the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) to have their services 100 percent operational by the start of his term on July 1, 2022.

During the National Convention of the Philippine Association of Water Districts on Thursday, June 16, 2022, Rama said that several months after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai), utilities should now be operating at their full capacity.

“Today, talking with the Visayan Electric Company and I am challenging them on July 1st and I wish MCWD can also do the same. Let there be light in the City of Cebu, Let there be water in the City of Cebu,” Rama added.

Rama said that if both utility providers can achieve the challenge, this will be a “good commencement” once he assume as mayor on July 1.

But MCWD General Manager Stephen Yee said that Rama’s challenge is impossible on their part.

According to Yee, they cannot produce enough volume of water until the Lusaran Dam starts to deliver its supply by September this year.

“We will just discuss with the mayor regarding the scheduling. July 1, I think we cannot promise that to the mayor,” said Yee.

Yee added that they are also anticipating the construction of desalination plants at the South Road Properties and in Barangays Mambaling and Inayawan.

The MCWD also plans to purchase additional electric generators so they will no longer rely on power provided by power firms should another calamity similar to Odette arises.

Street-lighting

On their part, officials of Visayan Electric said that they’ve been always assisting the City in keeping streetlights on now that 100 percent of their consumers have power after the typhoon.

Queenie Bronce, Visayan Electric’s reputation enhancement manager, said they are coordinating with the city’s Department of Public Services (DPS) on identifying areas in the city where streetlight repair is needed.

In a separate interview, lawyer and DPS head John Jigo Dacua said they had already met with personnel of Visayan Electric regarding the street lighting project.

Dacua added that they will be prioritizing N. Bacalso Ave. Afterwards, other streets with street light issues will be attended to.

According to Dacua, the city has appropriated an annual budget of P18 million for the street lighting project.

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