DPWH: We’ll reserve fuel for tunnel gen set

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

LIGHTS inside the 610-meter tunnel connecting the Cebu South Coastal Road and Sergio Osmeña St. (formerly McArthur Blvd.), Cebu City are connected to a power generator so that the facility will remain illuminated even during a power outage.

But the tunnel had to be closed to motorists during a power outage last Sunday because there was no fuel for the generator set, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cebu City District Engineer Nicomedes Leonor.

He said he invited the personnel on duty to explain why there was no fuel for the generator set.


The Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) scheduled an eight-hour outage in the area to work on its power lines.

Leonor said the engineer and personnel on duty told him that they wanted to get diesel fuel but authorized signatories for the "fuel withdrawal slip" were not present because it was a Sunday.

Leonor told Sun.Star Cebu that DPWH Cebu City will make sure that the fuel tank of the power generator set is always full.

Joy Tumulak, operations officer of the Cebu City Traffic Operations and Management (Citom) said they closed the tunnel from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to prevent accidents in the unlighted tunnel.

DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas ordered an investigation on the incident.

The P1.7-billion tunnel helps decongest traffic on M.J. Cuenco Ave. and M.C. Briones St., said Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

The tunnel was constructed by Japanese contractor, Kajima Corp. beginning June 26, 2006. It was completed on Nov. 25, 2009.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 07, 2014.

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