RDC proposes Energy Summit in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:44

The Regional Development Council (RDC)-9 has proposed the conduct of an Energy Summit in Zamboanga City in a bid to discuss immediate and long term solutions to the power as well as water shortage besetting the city.

This developed as Mayor Beng Climaco has expressed support to the proposal of RDC-9 member Rufo “Cholo” Soliven and hinted that the local government will sponsor the activity with the help of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) general manager Engr. George Ledesma.

“Energy and water are imperative and we need measures such as cloud seeding [to resolve the shortage],” Climaco said amidst the long dry spell that has led to power curtailment and water rationing in Zamboanga.

Mayor Climaco in a message to the members of the RDC-9 during the 2nd batch 2016 budget review and consultation at Lantaka Hotel, March 24, cited energy and  water concerns besetting the city in the light of the dry spell which led Soliven to propose the holding of an Energy Summit in the city.

The City Government through the City Agriculturist Office and in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Zamboanga City Water District is pushing for the conduct of immediate cloud seeding operations to induce rain in the watershed area.

The energy summit is expected to be a stakeholders’ meeting of representatives from the energy sector providers, energy consumers, business sector, local and national government officials and even members of the House.  Immediate, short term and long-term solutions to the present power crisis in the city and Mindanao will be discussed.

In 2012, an energy summit was held in Davao City and Mayor Climaco, then the House Deputy Speaker for M indanao was one of the primemovers of the activity.

During her stint in Congress, Climaco sponsored the bill calling for the non-privatization of hydro complexes in Mindanao. The matter is now being pursued in the Senate, as informed to the mayor by Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) Chair Sec. Lou Antonino.

The mayor said this is a welcome development, as declaring the hydro plants as GOCCs under the Philippine government will benefit the people of Mindanao and that it will also be one of the measures that will protect the interest of the people if and when the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be enacted into law. — Sheila Covarrubias