Cebu City lawmaker wants inspection of billboards in the city

June 29, 2010 10:42 am 

CEBU CITY, June 29 – A Cebu City legislator wants several agencies of the government to inspect whether all billboards in the city are safe, especially with the onset of the rainy season.

Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival wants the Office of the Building Official, the Department of Engineering and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to check if the billboards comply with the standards set by the National Building Code for billboards to avoid accidents.

”The use of billboard or outdoor advertising is prevalent all throughout the country for it has a high impact of getting advertising across, buy there is a need to consider precautionary measures in installing one for the safety of the public,” said Archival.

In his resolution, Archival, who chairs the council’s committee on infrastructure, said billboards need to be checked to see if they were also installed in areas where they might destroy urban design and spoil the natural scenery.

Archival cited Section 20 of the National Building Code which provides for specific rules and guidelines for the design, content, construction location, installation and maintenance of billboards, and the council ordinance “regulating and controlling outdoor advertising signs and structures in the City of Cebu.”

Meanwhile, the Cebu City Council has approved at least P7.5 million to fund the construction of 25 artesian wells in the upland villages of the city.

The artesian wells will be constructed in the sites identified by Choleng Legaspi, an 80-year-old water diviner, someone who has the ability to recognize potential, though not obvious, water sources.

Last month, the council also approved P3.6 million for the construction of 18 artesian wells in the mountain barangays as additional source of water for the residents. (PNA) FFC/EB/re


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