The Department of Public Works and Highways has assured that streetlights along the Bacolod Silay Airport Access Road will be operational before December amid growing concern over vehicles being stoned while traversing the area at night.
Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan held an emergency meeting Friday with the Talisay chief of police, a representative from the 1 st Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways, punong barangays, the city administrator and his executive assistants to look for solutions to the problem, a press release from his office said yesterday.
The mayor said lighting the long access road may definitely help prevent unscrupulous individuals or groups from committing such dangerous acts, the press release said.
DPWH engineer Hermie Herida told the group that the national government has already allocated P40 million for the LED street lights the BSAAR.
The DPWH regional office has scheduled the bidding for the street lights in August and installation is expected to be from September to November and they will be operational before December this year, Herida said.
C/Insp. Joresty Coronica, Talisay police chief, also assured Saratan that they have started their intensified intelligence monitoring to determine the identity or identities of those responsible for the stoning incidents.
The police official said they have tapped the services of barangay intelligence network to help them with their intelligence monitoring, adding that they received information that the stone-throwing incidents are being done by drunk juveniles for thrills.
Saratan said that he seriously wants to put to an end the activities of the said “thrill seekers,” the press release said.
Present in the meeting were Barangay Captains Reynaldo Villamor of Brgy. Efigenio Lizares, Marina Bermeo of Brgy. Matab-nag; Joemar Estrope of Brgy. Zone 15; City Administrator Jovim Entila; executive assistants Eduardo Chua of the Traffic Management Authority; Victor Lizares; Jarred Martin Clarianes and Edwin Pahilanga.*
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