THE SECOND phase of Davao Light and Power Company, Inc.’s (DLPC) underground distribution system project in Davao City is now 80% done and is expected to be completed by early 2020. “We will continue the third to fourth phases after this. Our commitment is keep continuing to go underground in Davao,” Aboitiz Power Distribution Utilities Group Chief Operating Officer Jaime Jose Y. Aboitiz told reporters during the annual Aboitiz Media Party, Friday. DLPC, a unit of Aboitiz Power Corp., completed the first phase in 2017, covering the area around the city hall complex.

Mr. Aboitiz also said that their conversion to LED street lighting for the city is continuing to help reduce the local government’s energy consumption. It is targeted to be completed within five years. To date, he said, more than 3,000 LED lamps have been installed since 2018. The Aboitiz group official also announced that the P12.6-billion bulk water supply project of Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc. (AAII) and Davao City Water District (DCWD) remains on track to be operational by the first half of 2021. “The pipe laying works will begin within the month. Excavation works and foundation of its water treatment plant in Barangay Gumalang are currently ongoing. To date, Apo Agua now has a total of close to 500 laborers and skilled workers from its host barangays,” he said. Apo Agua is a joint venture between Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. and JV Angeles Construction Corp. — Maya M. Padillo