Bacolod eyes underground cabling, clearing of ‘spag wires’ in 150days


Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez of Bacolod City is determined to bringing change in the city, starting with the elimination of spaghetti wires and the possibility of underground cabling.

The combined team of CENECO, telcom and cable operators removing condemned wires along San Juan Street on July 16. Bacolod City PIO photo

Fresh from his out-of-town commitment, Benitez headed straight to Bacolod City Government Center on Sunday, where he met officers from various telecom operators to explore the possibility of mapping and surveying possible sites for underground cable installation. According to Benitez, the city will create a technical team to coordinate with the telcos on the matter.

Among his priority areas are Lacson Street and the main thoroughfares in of the city.

Alongside with this initiative, is an on-going discussion with establishments and other institutions like government offices, hospitals, schools to ensure that their connectivity shall be stable and at high speed.

Over the weekend, Benitez’s Task Force on Spaghetti Wires began removing abandoned wires along San Juan and Gonzaga streets with the support of Central Negros Electric Cooperative, and cable and telecommunication  operators.

According to Bacolod City Councilor Al Victor Espino, the city aims to finish clearing operations in 5 months, or by the Christmas season.

About 70,000 linear meters of spaghetti wires are expected to be removed, Espino said.