Survey: 85% of Zambo folks not satisfied with Zamcelco service PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 March 2015 11:46

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) , according to a survey by leading advisory and research consultancy firm Philippine Stratbase Consultancy Inc.. In contrast, less than 15 percent of residents said they were “satisfied” with Zamcelco.

The survey, conducted for a period of almost two months from late April to early June 2014, also showed that 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).

In the same survey, 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 ZamboangaCity. 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.The firm was recently re-launched as the Albert Del Rosario Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ADR-Institute)-named after former Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario- the group’s former chairman.

The group’s board of trustees and board of directors represent a broad spectrum of leaders and prominent personalities including Metro Pacific Investments Corp. chair Manuel V. Pangilinan;former Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) president Ambassador Jose C, Ibazeta;  honorary chair of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and president of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines Edgardo Lacson; Chamber of Mines of the Philippines president Benjamin Philip G. Romualdez; De La Salle University International Studies Department professor Renato de Castro; former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law and publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer Raul Pangalangan; professor emeritus at the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, UP Diliman Epictetus Patalinghug; geologist and professor of Geology and Environmental Science in UP Diliman Carlos Primo “CP” David; director of the Robredo Institute of Governance Francisco Magno, and Ernest “Ernie” Bower, senior adviser and Sumitro chair for Southeast Asia Studies at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

(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.)