The local government unit of Maribojoc has installed solar-powered lampposts to illuminate then-dark segments of the national highway in the town.
According to Mayor Mer Arocha, the lighting project was crafted to cover the entire national road within the municipality.
Around 75 lampposts will be installed along the stretch of the national road from the Abatan Bridge until the Loon-Maribojoc border in Punta Cruz.
Installation of the streetlights started last month and is expected to be completed soon as only a few sections of the highway remain unlighted, he said.
A total of P3 million was spent for the project.
Arocha said that the budget was sourced from the monetary reward extended to the LGU for earning the Seal of Good Local Governance from the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
The mayor noted that the project was designed to deter criminals such as robbers from carrying out illegal activities in unlighted sections of the road.
A significant decrease in the number of accidents have also been recorded since the installation of the streetlights.
According to Arocha, the LGU would also not be burdened by heavy electricity consumption since the lampposts are solar-powered.
In a previous interview, Arocha noted that the town may enlist the aid of residents to monitor the new streetlights and prevent intentional damage to the multi-million structures. (Allen Doydora)