A post claiming Davao City is now now “wire-free city” has been doing the rounds online.
In a Facebook post shared on Facebook groups identified with Mayor Duterte supporters, a netizen bragged that Davao City is now “wire-free” city and becoming like some cities in the US wherein cable and electrical wires are buried below ground. This is in addition to the distinction earned by the city as the “safest city” in the country.
Another netizen from Davao City also posted a photo with a caption that the “wire-free Magallanes St in Davao City is so clean just like the streets in Japan,” reads the post.
To check if this is not another propaganda from the Duterte supporters, I did a quick search in Google and according to the news article from The Daily Tribune, Davao City started the 108-million underground utility cable project on the third of August in 2015 without much fanfare.
The project is under the supervision of Davao City Wires and Cable (WAC) technical team, formed by Mayor Duterte. In addition, the team will also manage the underground cable project in coordination with the Davao Light Power Co. (Davao Light) a subsidiary of the Aboitiz Power Corp.
According to the report from The Daily Tribune, the area covered by the migration project is undertaken within the vicinity of the Davao City Hall, serving as the pilot project. How long will this take to finish and really make Davao City a wire-free city remains a big question mark! But this is a step forward in achieving its dream of being called as the first wire-free city in the country.
Observers claim Mayor Duterte plans to implement the project in the country should he wins the Presidential election in May.
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