Isko lights up Espana Blvd

August 12, 2020
Isko Moreno & Honey Lacuna
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna announce that CCTV cameras will be installed along Espana in Sampaloc.Photo by JERRY S. TAN

BELIEVING that darkness is any criminal’s ally, Mayor Isko Moreno lighted up the whole of Espana Boulevard in Sampaloc, saying more roads will follow suit, as he announced plans to also dot the area with closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and connectivity.

“Wala nang hanapbuhay ang mga tolongges sa Espana. ..maliwanag na,” Moreno said, as he thanked Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Mark Villar, city engineer Armand Andres and city electrician Randy Sadac for helping make such development possible.

Also in the said area, Moreno, joined by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, launched his plan of building a ‘wifi city’ by providing connectivity in 34 spots, initially from Espana all the way to the Welcome Rotunda, which is the boundary of Manila and Quezon City.

The project, dubbed, ‘MLAKonek, provides WiFi connection to about 100 devices within the area range.

Moreno said it is free and may be used by anyone who would want to access information online or get connected with friends and loved ones.

The said area is lined with establishments that cater mostly to students, particularly boarding houses, dormitories and learning institutions, most notably the University of Sto. Tomas.

Moreno said the free connectivity provides users with 30mb download speed and  50mb for upload.

“Maliwanag na, may CCTV na, may wifi na. Next, katakot-takot na camera ang ilalagay diyan. Kaya sigurado, sisikat kayo. Wala kayong puwang sa Maynila,” Moreno said, directing his pronouncements to criminal elements.

The mayor said students and workers staying in dorms and boarding houses have already expressed their gratitude for the developments introduced in the area where they pass by day in day out.  The university belt area is in the said vicinity.