Beng brings Zamcelco issue to power body PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2011 16:46

The Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC), a body composed of members of the committee on Energy in the Senate and House of Representatives has compelled the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to submit a report of the investigation it conducted on alleged anomalies in the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO).

This, after House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco brought the ZAMCELCO issue to the attention of the Commission and submitted documents and letter from the Multi-sectoral Group for a Better Zamcelco (MGBEZ) during its meeting at the Philippine Senate yesterday morning. 

Climaco is hopeful that the NEA will comply with the commission’s order thereby paving the way for a full blown inquiry on the Zamcelco issue.  “The NEA has been tasked to submit report by Chair Abad with regards to the results of investigation (on Zamcelco) and our appeal on behalf of Multi-sectoral Group for a Better Zamcelco”.

“We await with keen vigilance”, the lady solon, who is a member of the powerful JCPC said.
The JCPC is one of the 32 Congressional Ad Hoc or Oversight Committees. It is a body that looks into energy concerns of the country and its creation is pursuant to section 62 of Republic Act 9136. The Senate panel is chaired by Sen. Sergio Osmeña III (chair, of the Senate Committee on Energy) with Sen. Teofisto L. Guingona III as vice chair and Senators Francis Escudero, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Gregorio Honasan II, Loren Legarda and Joker Arroyo as members while the House panel is chaired by Rep. Henedina Abad (chair of the House Committee on Energy) with Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella as vice chair and Representatives Lorenzo Tañada III, Climaco, Janette Garin, Rufus Rodriguez and Iggy Arroyo as members.

Present during the Commission’s meeting yesterday were NEA Administrator Edith Bueno, representatives from Zamcelco and other cooperatives and the JCPC members both from the Senate and House of Representatives side specifically Congresspersons Abad, Rodriguez, Garin, Fuentebella and Climaco.

Climaco said the delivery of a privilege speech relative to the issue in the House of Representatives (as suggested by some sectors) which will lead to the referral of the matter to the House Committee on Energy, is unnecessary as the matter is now before the powerful JCPC, which is composed of the members of the committee on Energy from both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

And the first step to the inquiry on the Zamcelco issue is to compel the NEA to submit the report, she stressed.
Recall that the NEA-ADCOM has investigated alleged anomalies at the Zamcelco, based on complaints from various sectors. The report on the investigation is being awaited. The MGBEZ has written Cong. Climaco early this week seeking a congressional inquiry on the issue. — Rham Joseph Cabasag