Zamcelco asks NEA to review decision on generators buy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 April 2014 11:25

The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) has requested the National Electric Administration (NEA) to review the recommendation of the board for the acquisition of 16-megawatt generators.

In his letter dated April 7, 2014 to NEA Administrator Edita Bueno, Zamcelco General Manager Eng. George Ledesma stated four pointers for NEA to reconsider its earlier decision disapproving the board’s resolution for the purchase of the land-based generators to wit; 1) the entire package maybe “very expensive” but not overpriced 2) the installation of the gensets is long overdue 3) the people of Zamboanga city have been suffering from daily power curtailment and it is our mandate to urgently alleviate the sufferings of the people by providing additional power supply by using generators as short term solution and 4) that our personnel made the necessary study and due diligence.

The letter further said that “it is not clear with us the basis of “very expensive” if the agency itself which is supposed to provide us does not have and cannot provide the necessary Approve Budget Cost (ABC) for the acquisition of the modular gensets.”

“It is mind boggling to say that it is very expensive and yet there were no detailed explanations were made and given to us,”Ledesma said.

According to Ledesma, they have already submitted the result of the bidding including board resolution No. 40-series of 2014 to NEA last February and after more than a month, and they are now being ordered to conduct a rebidding for the acquisition of the modular gensets.

Meanwhile, Zamcelco lawyer Atty. Quirino Esguerra made it clear that the cooperative does not ask for a rebidding or re-appeal of the decision of NEA Deputy Administrator for Electric Distribution Utilities Services Edgardo Piamonte disapproving the board resolution recommending for the purchase of the 16-megawatt generators.

“We are asking NEA to review its decision, we are not going to re-appeal or conduct a rebidding,” Esguerra said.

The lawyer said under the Terms of Reference (TOR), Camec, the company that won the bid has complied 64 of 68 guidelines set by NEA while Lin Man, the losing bidder, only complied with 14.

He said Camec, a company selling generators made in the United Kingdom, has years of good track record as compared to the Lin Man which is only on a joint venture with a Chinese company.

“Camec has a warranty period while the other company does not offer any warranty that is why the BAC highly recommended the UK company. Although it is expensive  but it is offering a whole package of services, warranty and expertise,” Esguerra said. — KS