DLPC gears up for phase 2 of underground cabling project

THE DAVAO Light and Power Company has applied for an approval of the second phase of its underground cabling system, in a filing of its 2017 capital expenditures submitted to the Energy Regulatory Commission.

According to the filing, the next phase involves P100 million and expands the project outside the city government square.

The capex for 2017 comprises P1.18 billion in developments, including additional facilities for the distribution utility.

The filing stated that the underground cabling system comprises five phases, with the filing only making up for phase two.

It will be located in the downtown area, and will comprise the conversion of overhead lines to an underground distribution system.

According to DLPC, the project aims to reduce the dangers associated with overhead distribution lines.

The project continues a P108 million underground system implemented around the City Hall and the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Aside from the underground cabling project, DLPC is also asking for ERC approval of its line rehabilitation and maintenance, as well as the replacement of rotten poles.

The rotten wooden poles will be replaced with steel poles along with distribution transformers with improved hardware and accessories.

The DLPC said that at the moment, rotten poles could endanger the public in case the wooden ones collapse.

Meanwhile, the DLPC is also seeking for the approval of its rural electrification and substation rehabilitation.

The filing comes in the midst of the city council thinking of revisiting the 2014 ordinance that implemented the change in the way power and telco lines were distributed in the city.

Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, during yesterday’s regular session, sponsored an ordinance that revisits the expansion of the underground cabling.

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, meanwhile, accused some telcos of reportedly not complying with the underground cable requirement.

The distribution utility removed the electric poles along city hall drive, C.M. Recto, San Pedro and Pichon streets, with the underground lines energized late 2015.

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