MANILA, Philippines – Wireless Internet hot spots have been installed in three waiting sheds in public transport stops in Metro Manila today. This project, implemented by the City of Manila, is to service commuters while waiting to take public transportation. The waiting sheds have updated designs,from the new seats, and trash receptacles. Even CCTV cameras are included to monitor critical incidents in the area. Additionally, environmentally-friendly solar-powered LED signboards were also installed for paid advertisements and messages.
Mayor Joseph Estrada announced that the waiting shed costs about P1.2 million each. “These projects are timely because the city has no funds. The private companies will build these at no cost to the city and yet the people will benefit,” he said. Estrada also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Frederick Ordoñez, President and CEO of Global Gold Goal Incorporated, which will be donating most of the 10,000 solar powered LED streetlights scheduled to be installed in Manila. Vice Mayor Franciso ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso also said that private companies will shoulder the cost of the internet connections and building sheds to designated areas.
The cost of streetlight power in Manila is around P18 million monthly. As soon as the solar-powered lamps are installed, the city government expects the power cost to be greatly reduced immediately.
The following zones: Quirino-Taft Avenue, Park N’ Ride Lawton Terminal, España before Lacson (buses coming from Cavite), footbridge in front of UST, Manila Multimoda Terminal, Rizal Park, V. Mapa, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Pureza Street, and Arlegui Street are isted to the proposed measures ammending Ordinance No. 8092 or the Traffic Management Code of the City of Manila.
When asked about security, “Subukan nila. Subukan lang nila,” (“I dare them”) said Mayor Estrada, referring to snatchers and muggers who will try to derail the project. But Estrada then assured that there will be police officers assigned for added security protection measures in these areas.