By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city government has set aside P3.7 billion for the installation of 24,880 street lights in the city’s six districts within five years to achieve “100 percent illumination’’ and bring criminal incidents dramatically down.
The program is scheduled to begin this year.
Belmonte noted the street-lighting program is part of her 14-point agenda aimed at deterring crime, ensuring safety of residents and maintaining peace and order.
“Since most crimes are committed in dark streets and alleys, we want to provide additional protection to our people by installing new street lamp posts that will illuminate our barangays, roads, and other public places,” Belmonte said.
“The need to have a well-lit community is one of the basic requirements for the safety of its constituents,” she added.
Belmonte said the street lights will primarily serve as deterrent to crimes, aside from enhancing road visibility for pedestrians and motorists, and upholding orderliness in communities.
She disclosed a task force under the direct supervision of the city administrator will be established to oversee the installment, retrofitting, repair and maintenance of the city’s lights.
She explained the Task Force Street-Lighting shall set guidelines, conduct inventory and the turnover of operational streetlights to concerned barangays for proper monitoring and maintenance.
It will also coordinate with Meralco all matters pertaining to the application and connection of electricity.
“The integrated energy efficient street lighting program will be implemented as an economical approach to promoting safety in all barangays,” Belmonte pointed out.
In 2005, a similar program was created by former speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. during his term as city mayor.