The solar studs installed along Roxas Boulevard as posted by a netizen on social media (Screengrab from Isko Moreno Domagoso FB page)
MANILA – The city of Manila is well on its way into becoming the “city of lights” as Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso envisions it, with its street lighting program getting a boost in recent weeks.
In an interview on Wednesday, Manila City Department of Engineering and Public Works Director Armand Andres said they are done with several main thoroughfares in the city.
“Meron tayong street lighting program. Nailawan na natin ang Taft Avenue, ang Espana, meron pa tayong mga main thoroughfare na iilawan. Meron na tayo sa Roxas Boulevard (We have a street lighting program. We have already lighted Taft Avenue, Espana is done, other main thoroughfares will follow. We already have in Roxas Boulevard),” Andres said.
Recently, the engineering department has installed solar studs in Roxas Boulevard, which is now becoming an attraction, especially after a netizen posted a video of it on social media.
“For now, we have only done the northbound lane of Roxas Boulevard which is from Vito Cruz all the way to Anda Circle,” he said in a mix of English and Filipino.
Anda Circle is in the vicinity of Intramuros near the Port Area, which is also currently being developed.
The solar studs were placed to illuminate the roads and guide motorists who are driving at night especially during heavy downpour.
Other main streets that are on the list to be lighted are Taft Avenue, Burgos Drive, and Rizal Avenue from Carriedo up to the boundary of Manila and Caloocan.
To recall, Domagoso recently launched the lighted street of Espana.
Andres said 61 sets of new lampposts were installed at the southbound lane of Espana Boulevard, and 55 sets on the northbound lane.
On the center island, a total of 56 sets of the same lampposts were installed.
Domagoso said he is also planning to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the area, which will extend all the way to the university belt area of the city.
This will give a sense of added security for those walking in the area especially at night.
Earlier, free wifi digital kiosks have also been installed to benefit the students studying or residing in that part of the city.
The lighting projects in the city are being done to discourage crimes which usually take place in dark areas.
The now-well lighted and rehabilitated Jones Bridge as well as the lighting and dancing fountain in front of the Bonifacio Shrine beside the Manila City Hall have also become some of the new attractions in the city of Manila. (PNA)