Some street lamps in San Nicolas remain unrepaired even after Odette: village chief

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SOME streets in Barangay San Nicolas, Cebu City are literally still in the dark as street lamps that were busted during the onslaught of typhoon Odette (Rai) on Dec. 16, 2021have not been replaced yet.

In an interview with SunStar/Superbalita Cebu’s program “Kumusta Kap” hosted by reporter Benjie Talisic on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, Barangay San Nicolas Chief Clifford Jude Niñal cited the lack of funds as the reason the problem has not been solved until now.

Niñal mentioned C. Padilla St. 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 sila’y street lights gyud kanang linyaha dinha ang nahitabo gyud ana na-apektohan sa sunog naglisod nami ana og pabalik,” Niñal said.

(What happened before thetyphoon struck, a fire had struck the area which affected street lights along that road stretch. Since then, we had difficulty replacing the damaged ones after the fire)

City, ABC provided replacement

Niñal added that the Cebu City Government had already answered their request to replace some of the damaged street lamps but not all them were replaced.

Niñal said they also received street lamps from the office of Association of Barangay Councils president Franklyn Ong, but these were not enough to fully restore what was damaged before.

“Ang amo lang gyud didto naay pinakadaku nga gastoson sa suga ba, which is wala gyuy budget ang barangay sa pagpasiga ba (Repairing these street lights will be very expensive, which is the barangay doesn’t even have the budget to light these up),” the village chair added.

Niñal said he was worried about those places without lights where minors usually gather in groups and that illegal drug transactions and robbery 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 those living there and those just passing by.