Have you ever driven on a newly-widened road, only to come face to face with an electric utility pole still in place on the new lane? Well, with this new order, that can finally become a thing of the past as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), together with the Department of Energy (DOE), have signed a joint circular today to address that issue.
The joint circular between the DPWH and DOE mainly focuses on the proper guidelines and procedures for the compensation for “recovery cost in the need to relocate” the transmission lines. According to the memorandum, new power lines will be erected in place of the old ones currently blocking the road. In other places where possible, the power lines will likely be moved instead. Signing the joint circular was USEC Karen Jimeno representing the DPWH and Secretary Alfonso Cusi representing the DOE.
With the relocation plans set in motion, newly widened roads with electric posts blocking the way can be utilized more efficiently, likely easing up traffic congestion. The relocation will also help prevent accidents as some motorists have already been victims of these out-of-place electric posts given the posts cannot easily be seen at night.
Relocation of electric posts which are position on widened roads is set to begin soon.