Benhur Abalos Jr. is quickly making changes and improvements to the streets of Metro Manila as newly appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

After requesting help from the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) for more manpower, Abalos now requested the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPHW) to improve and fix the lighting along major roads across Metro Manila.

According to Abalos, street lights are important as they can help reduce and even avoid potentially fatal road accidents.

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“Public safety is our utmost priority. Only one busted or broken light would endanger lives. Without the street lights, our motorists and commuters are in danger. Part of road safety is making the road visible to all its users,” Abalos explained during his meeting with the officials of DPWH and the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In return, the DPWH, through Undersecretary Robert Bernardo, has agreed to fix all street lights along major thoroughfares. The best news of all? All work will be done within just ten days. Bernardo added that the DPWH will also pay for the electric bills of the street lights until they are turned over to the MMDA.

Bernardo also raised concerns that the improved street lights could be stolen, especially in underpasses and tunnels. He hopes inter-agency cooperation could help maintain and protect the improved street lights for years to come.

The MMDA and DPWH didn't specify which roads will have their street lights fixed and improved. But we're glad to know that government agencies are working to make roads brighter, and ultimately, safer for everyone. Hopefully, they'll also be able to do the same for the dimly lit side streets in the future.