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Gov to telco: Speed up digging projects in Consolacion
By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Sunday, December 13, 2020
In a meeting Friday, December 11, Gov. Gwen Garcia told Philippine Fiber Communication to fast track the digging of holes for DITO Telecommunity’s fiber optic cables to free up the traffic flow in Consolacion. (Lito Tecson)

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has instructed Philippine Fiber Communication to fast track its digging for the fiber optic laying that was identified as one of the causes that hampered the easy flow of traffic in Consolacion town.

The company is given until Sunday dawn, December 13 to complete the placing of plates in the four manholes that it is currently working on.

A report from the local government unit of Consolacion found that the company were digging 11 holes which have caused the bottleneck in the flow of traffic in the area since the implementation of the "no u-turn, no left turn“ policy initiated by the Province.  

The company is setting up the fiber optic cables of DITO Telecommunity, the new telecommunications company in the country.

A Chinese national representative met with the governor Friday evening, December 11 to explain its current digging admitting that their work have been slow because of alleged difficulties such as avoiding water pipelines below ground. 

Garcia pointed out that it is unusual that a Chinese company is taking long to complete such work when it is known for its fast and efficient work in such kind of projects. 

The company promised it will finish the four manholes in five days and will work on changing the steel plates that they have placed on top of the dug holes identified to have caused impediment to vehicles especially huge trucks. 

The plates that were placed were 1/2 inch in thickness which get dislodged easily. 

"The trouble is this is not properly done and is causing bottleneck," the governor told the contractor.

Philippine Fiber promised it will purchase the sturdier 1 inch plate first thing Saturday morning, December 12.

With the presence of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) and Provincial Engineering Office, the firm will install the plates Sunday dawn to avoid hampering traffic. (Vanessa L. Almeda)