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Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is mulling to convert all lampposts in the metropolis into solar power light-emitting diode (LED) units to avoid illegal connections that may cause fire incidents.

Using solar power LED lights is one way to discourage residents from connecting their electricity to the city’s streetlights, the mayor stated.

“If there are no streetlights, which use electricity, then there will be no illegal connection anymore. We are also looking for the efficiency brought by this solar power LED lights, too,” he added.

The city is paying Php7 million for electricity every month for all streetlights in the metropolis.

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“Using solar power LED lights can save the city from paying Php84 million per year. If the life of solar powered LED light is 10 years, then that is a big saving for the city,” said Mabilog.

The local chief executive will decide by next month whether to convert all streetlamps to solar power LED lights in the city next year.

The move was prompted by the fire incident over the weekend where 57 houses were gutted at Barangay Lopez Jaena Norte, La Paz district around 12:30 a.m.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) believed that overloaded electrical wiring in the area caused a short circuit and sparked the fire. BFP-Iloilo City fire marshal Jerry Candido said they found power pilferers in the area, too.

The incident left 53 totally damaged houses while four were partially damaged, according to City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO)-La Paz area in-charge Evelyn Olano.

Mabilog said the City Government will give Php5,000 each to families whose houses were totally damaged and Php2,500 for partially damaged residences. (PNA) PR

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