Members of the 20th City Council on Tuesday urged the Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) to remove old power poles that pose risks to motorists and pedestrians.

Road widening projects throughout the city required the erection of new utility poles rendering old ones obsolete. The Anti-Spaghetti Wire Ordinance also mandates the need to remove old utility poles.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), a total of 993 posts have been affected by various road widening projects and must be relocated. However, the DPWH bared during the council’s session on April 2 that as of March 2024, only 90 posts had been uprooted while 903 are yet to be removed by the DLPC.

A DLPC representative, Project Supervisor Engr. Charlo Deniega, said the power company already completed 2,667 poles. However, Deniega could not account for the 903 old utility poles presented by the PDWH.

Councilor Diosdado Mahipus Jr. said the DPWH and the DLPC should reconcile their data and work together for the swift removal of obsolete power poles.

Citing the Anti-Spaghetti Wire Ordinance, Mahipus reminded both DPWH and the DLPC that they are required to synchronize future infrastructure projects with the corresponding adjustments to the city’s electric utility network.

“We already included therein a provision where we require a year-end assessment and planning with the LGU together with the Design and Planning Division of the DPWH every December so that we will have information ahead of time of the projects that will be implemented in the upcoming year. The purpose of which is so that the power corporation will be given time to find a contractor to remove the posts,” Mahipus said.

Both Deniega and DPWH XI Spokesperson Dean Ortiz promised to immediately assess road and electric utility projects and present a comprehensive status report to the city council within the month. The DLPC also promised to remove old utility poles as quickly as possible. CIO