Iloilo City is taking significant strides in its transformation into a more progressive and livable city. The city government’s beautification efforts are ongoing and include restoring public plazas and heritage structures, road repairs, landscaping, and planting flowers. Recently, the city government has been working to get rid of eyesores such as unsightly wirings, and the underground cabling program has become part of its plan.
The underground cabling program covers plaza complexes, Sunburst Park, the Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue, and all heritage properties in the city like the Calle Real. Mayor Jerry Treñas said that this program will enhance the beauty of the city’s heritage buildings in Calle Real, which are among the important sites that must be preserved.
The Task Force PUGI or the Public Utilities Group of Iloilo, composed of MORE Electric and Power Corporation (MORE Power) as head and telecommunications companies such as Converge, Globe, Smart, PLDT, Skycable, Panay Broadband, and DITO as members, is taking the lead in the underground cabling project. MORE Power is the first to kick-off the project to improve its electricity distribution system, starting with its preliminary activities at the Calle Real, such as the conduct of ground survey.
MORE Power president and chief executive officer Roel Castro said they are targeting to complete their wire undergrounding activity in four months. The underground cabling project is seen to complement previous, ongoing, and future development initiatives of the city government.
Apart from the infrastructure projects, the city government is also taking initiatives in sustaining the environmental needs of the metropolis. One of the priorities is the proposed Tree Park Network Project, which will establish eco-forests in three districts, namely Iloilo Tree Park in Lanit, Jaro; Beach Forest in Boulevard, Molo; and Mangrove Eco-park in Hinactacan, La Paz. The tree park project aims to help mitigate the effects of climate change and restore biodiversity in the city.
With these transformative projects, Mayor Jerry Treñas is confident that Iloilo City will become even more attractive to visitors and tourists. He asked the telcos to support the project to make Iloilo City one of the most competitive cities in the country. The city government is thrilled to be working with the Razon’s Group to bring these key transformative projects to life.