Zamcelco beyond ordinary people PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:36

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BY BOB JALDON

Five out of six general managers of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. have been ceremoniously and/or dishonorably terminated since the 1980s for incompetence and/or misdemeanor, bordering on misfeasance and malfeasance leading to corruption. This power utility seems to be beyond ordinary people given the never-corrected wanton irregularities and seemingly unabated corruption thereat. At least, this is the manner by which Zamcelco is viewed at or perceived to be by member-consumers, big users and small time, as well.

George Ledesma, whose ancestors hailed from Bolong, as were mine and Ramon Macasaet’s, was a casualty of the bad rating that Zamcelco earned (nearing bankruptcy) because of unchecked power pilferages by big electricity consumers. What a darn shame when residential consumers pay the right amount for current they consume monthly while the big loaders STEAL electricity through tampered meters as recently discovered by Zamcelco meter readers. MAKAHUYA!

George Ledesma had to go because he wouldn’t confront the issue of power stealing head-on because most of the alleged LADRONES DE CORIENTE are his friends. He could not explain the increase in Zamcelco’s system’s loss from 16 percent when he took over as GM to 22 percent now, and rising. He could not explain Zamcelco’s debt to power producers and office suppliers from P400 million when he took over to almost P900 million, and counting. Susmariajosep.

George Ledesma, with all his enthusiasm to put into order the financial and operational standings of Zamcelco stepped on a rabbit trap and no one was there to help pull his broken, bleeding leg from it. Where were your friends, George, who pushed you into committing mistakes after mistakes? You miserably failed to do your job because your personal advisers directed your thoughts the wrong way. WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Did they fight for you when the board recommended to the National Electrification Administration (NEA) for your immediate termination? POBRE MAN TU.

For a while, I honestly thought that you were the Chosen One, bigger and mightier than ordinary men. It turned out that you chose not to be the One by failing on your mandate to lift Zamcelco from the brink of financial disaster. You even worsened it. If only you listened to your mind, not the minds of your adviser-friends, you would have succeeded – considering your excellent and distinguished educational qualification and work history. Because you chose not to be you, you got powered out of your office.

Months ago, I warned you from the “land of the free and the home of the brave” not to listen to people who think that they know how to manage a sinking Zamcelco. At this point, nobody can.

In 1960, as he was writing his war memoirs, Charles de Gaulle said: “Deliberation is the function of the many; action is the function of one.” Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech at the Hamilton Club in Chicago on April 10, 1899, said: ”It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” That’s what happened to you, George.

Bye, George. On to the next job. By the way, George, you’re a great dancer. I’ll see you on Dec. 4 at the Ateneo campus in Tumaga.