Survey: 70% of Zambo folks prefer power plant within city PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:48

Seven out of 10 or 70 percent of Zamboanga City residents expressed preference for obtaining their main source of electrical power from a plant located within Zamboanga City, according to a survey by leading advisory and research consultancy firm Philippine Stratbase Consultancy Inc.

The survey, conducted for a period of almost two months from late April to early June 2014, also showed that an overwhelming majority of Zamboangueños or over 85 percent of the respondents said they were “not satisfied” with the service provided by the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco). In contrast, less than 15 percent of residents said they were “satisfied” with Zamcelco.

In the same survey, more than 55 percent of the respondents said they support the idea of an experienced third party/power distributor to finance and take over the management of Zamcelco. Among the top reasons cited for dissatisfaction include: higher cost of electricity (over 33 percent); brownouts (over 20 percent); corrupt officials (over 18 percent) and unscheduled brownouts (over 8 percent).

On the other hand, a big number of those surveyed or around 50 percent expressed fear that sourcing electricity from outside Zamboanga City would increase their electricity bills.

The firm behind the survey, Philippine Stratbase Consultancy Inc., is an advisory and research consultancy group that provides specialized advice on strategic social, economic and political issues that have critical impact on corporate objectives.

(A total of 320 respondents from all the major areas of Zamboanga City participated in the Stratbase survey, with a ± 5.5 percent margin of error.)