These newly installed lights along España Boulevard should make the area safer for pedestrians

Finally
by Drei Laurel | Aug 4, 2020
PHOTO: Christian Turingan/Manila PIO

A well-lit España Boulevard? Yes. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has, apparently, installed new lights along the iconic Manila thoroughfare, and—as a former student of the University of Santo Tomas (UST)—I think the agency deserves props for this.

The newly installed lights span from the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City all the way to Morayta—a total of 1.9km in length. Manila City mayor Isko Moreno took to Facebook yesterday to thank the DPWH and secretary Mark Villar for illuminating the busy eight-lane boulevard. Look:

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“Before and after: España Boulevard. Pinailawan mula Rotonda hanggang Morayta, 1.9 kilometers ang haba,” Moreno said on social media. “Thank you, secretary Villar and the DPWH! Manila, God first!”

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Frankly, it’s about time someone did something about the poor lighting conditions on España Boulevard. The improved visibility these new lights provide isn’t just a big deal for motorists, either. Anyone who regularly passes through the area on foot—especially students of UST and other surrounding universities—can attest to how shady the area can be at when the sun goes down. Maybe unscrupulous individuals will now give a second thought to preying on pedestrians.

Damn. Looking at the photos, the improvement is like night and day—literally. Hopefully, Manila City can improve the lighting conditions around España Boulevard’s side streets as well. As for the area’s flooding? Well, that’s another problem entirely.

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