THE DAVAO Light Power and Company (DLPC) said 241 high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights were not replaced as of November 2023, representing only .5% of the total 48,289 LED conversions.
During a Facebook live interview on Dec. 20, Engr. Charlo Deniega, DLPC Streetlights and Pole Utilities Department supervisor, said among the factors why they were not replaced included inaccessible and rotten posts or posts inside private property.
“Naa pa’y nabilin nga sodium kay supposedly humana naman gyud ta’g conversion, mga early this year, but naa pa gyu’y nabilin because naa’y mga suga or sodium na dili pa nato ma-access for safety reasons, kay dili nato masaka ang poste, labi na ang mga karaan nga kahoy nga poste,” Deniega said.
The conversion was in line with the LED Ordinance of Davao City requiring “Davao Light and Power Co. to conform with the Street Lighting Efficiency Program of the City Government of Davao through the installation of Light-Emitting Diodes on all Street Lighting Facilities within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of Davao within a 5-year implementation schedule”.
Deniega also reiterated “LED lights distribute light in a sharply defined angle compared to HPS lights, improve nighttime visibility, longer life which lasts up to 2-3 times longer, energy efficient, no toxic materials and 100% recyclable, reduced maintenance cost, and lessen energy (KWHr) consumption”.
He also urged locals to report remaining lights to the local government unit, or directly communicate to DLPC for further monitoring.
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