ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 November) – The city government has allocated P10.5 million to upgrade traffic lights and to decorate various public places this Yuletide season.
Engr. Rene Dela Cruz, chief of the city’s General Services Office, said that P9 million of the P10.5 million allocation is for the upgrading of traffic lights in three major intersections in the city.
The remaining P1.5 million will be spent for Christmas decorations, he added.
Dela Cruz said the traffic lights, which were installed in 1998, will be replaced with new ones.
He said the traffic lights to be upgraded are those at the intersections of Sta. Cruz and Veterans Avenue, Governor Camins and Mayor Jaldon, and Mayor Jaldon and Gov. Alvarez Avenue.
Dela Cruz said the cables and posts, including the bulbs, will be replaced. The bulbs will be replaced with light-emitting diode or LED.
He said the timers will also be replaced “so that the motorists will know how many seconds remain until the traffic light shifts to green or red.
He said the traffic lights on three other major intersections will be upgraded early next year.
These include Veterans and Governor Alvarez Avenues, Gov. Lim and Veterans Avenues, and Baliwasan Chico and San Jose Road.
Dela Cruz said this year’s funding allocation of P1.5 million for Christmas decorations is higher by P300,000 compared to last year’s P1.2 million allotment.
He said the allocation will be used to purchase materials such as plywood, wires, LED bulbs, and others for the fabrication of giant Christmas trees and lanterns.
He said among the areas that will be decorated are the City Hall and public plazas namely Paseo del Mar, Plaza del Pilar, Plaza Rizal and Plaza Pershing.
He said that 60-feet high Christmas trees will be placed at Plaza Pershing, Plaza del Pilar and Paseo del Mar.
He said this year’s motif is blue and will be anchored on the theme of peace. (MindaNews)