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Rama calls out DPWH over poorly lit tunnel

Caecent No-ot Magsumbol - The Freeman
Rama calls out DPWH over poorly lit tunnel
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama asks the Department of Public Works and Highways to address concerns on busted lamps in the SRP tunnel.
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CEBU, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has called out the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) over alleged poor lighting maintenance of the subway tunnel leading to the viaduct of the Cebu South Coastal Road.

Rama said he has been receiving numerous complaints about a poorly lit tunnel that is posing great danger to motorists passing through the area. The mayor urged the DPWH to immediately replace busted lamps to ensure everyone’s safety.

Rama also asked his nephew, Cebu City South District Rep. Eduardo “Edu” Rama, Jr. to bring the matter before the national leadership of DPWH.

“They better tell me. If DPWH and Congressman Edu Rama cannot address that, I will take over,” the mayor said during his regular program over Sugboanon channel.

He said the city is willing to replace the busted lights at the subway if the DPWH could not do its responsibility.

“And we will bring better lights in that area. If they cannot do it within this month, I will take over,” the mayor said.

From the port area, the subway underneath Plaza Independencia connects to the viaduct that further connects to South Road Properties (SRP). Aside from the lighting, the Road Management Authority (RMA), formerly Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO), also noted a one-inch crack at the north-bound lane of the tunnel, few meters before the exit.

Raquel Arce, acting head of RMA/ CCTO, said they found the crack during an inspection and she has already alerted the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) about it.

The RMA/CCTO reported that the DPWH-Cebu City District’s Engineering Office has immediately fixed the problem. –/FPL (FREEMAN)

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