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Busy Juan Luna in Binondo lighted up

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Believing that darkness is an ally of crimes and other unfortunate events, Mayor Honey Lacuna announced that the lighting up of the remaining dark portions of Manila continues under her administration.

Lacuna made the pronouncement as she led the streetlighting of the busy Juan Luna Street in Binondo, joined by third district Congressman Joel Chua, Vice Mayor Yul Servo, City Engineer Armand Andres, City Electrician Randy Sadac and third district City Councilors Fa Fugoso, Terrence Alibarbar and Apple Nieto, among others.

It was learned from Andres that the city lighted up the whole stretch of Juan Luna from Muelle dela Industria to C.M. Recto,using 68 sets of 200 watts, warm white, led streetlights with 30 feet steel lamp posts.

Juan Luna streetlighting
(4th from left) Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna led the streetlighting in Juan Luna, Binondo joined by (from right) city engineer Armand Andres, Councilors Fa Fugoso and Apple Nieto, Congressman Joel Chua, Vice Mayor Yul Servo, city electrician Randy Sadac and Councilor Terrence Alibarbar. (JERRY S. TAN)

“Napakahalaga ng pagpapailaw dito dahil puntahin ng tao ang lugar na ito, gaya ng Café 1919 na paborito naming tambayan at dinarayo hindi lamang ng mga taga-Maynila kundi maging ng mga taga-karatig lungsod dahil maganda na ang lugar, masarap pa ang pagkain,” Lacuna said as she spoke on the stage put up right beside the said restaurant.

The lady mayor said that lighting up the said area also has the end in view of promoting business there which, in turn, will boost tourism in the city thus contributing to its economic progress.

“Kahilingan din ng mga barangay officials na mapailawan ang kanilang lugar and this is good for business at para din makaiwas sa mga pangyayaring di kanais-nais kapag ang isang lugar ay madilim,” she said.

Lacuna further assured: “Umasa kayo na ang pamahalaang-lungsod ay sisikaping paliwanagin pang lalo ang buong Kamaynilaan to also help maintain peace and order at pag mas maaliwalas ang kapaligiran, maeengganyo ang maraming businesses na magtayo dito.”

She said that when night comes, pedestrians and motorists will no longer feel scared passing through the area not only of Binondo but the entire city.

The said streetlighting in the busy street of Juan Luna, according to Lacuna, signals the start of renewed efforts to light up the whole city as the local government works on boosting tourism in Manila.

Binondo, she said, is one of the eight tourism hubs that the Manila city government is focusing on either developing or redeveloping.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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