Climaco orders Zamcelco:Apply ILP to stop blackout PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:04

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday issued an executive order, enjoining the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco) to exhaust all means to implement an Interruptible Load Program (ILP) in a bid to stop the prolonged power outages in the city.

In her EO No BC113-2015, Climaco further enjoined Zamcelco to coordinate with participating customers for the efficient and effective implementation of the ILP in the city in accordance with appurtenant laws, rules and regulations and other related issuances by competent authorities.

The chief executive has also directed the City Investment and Incentives Board to immediately convene, study and recommend incentives that could be extended to Zamcelco customers who will participate in the ILP, of which the implementation is temporary in nature.

Climaco said the city’s daily power demand averages about 90 megawatts, but the hydropower plants of the National Power Corporation (NPC) in Lanao currently supplies the city with power at an average of 66mw only with 24mw shortage, thus resulting in a six-hour rotational blackouts in Zamboanga.

In issuing the order, Climaco cited Resolution No. 08 dated March 10, 2010 of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), which adopted the rules to govern the ILP of the Distribution Utilities. The ERC resolution was further emended by Resolution No. 08 series of 2013.

“The said issuances intend to address the imminent power shortage and augment limited power requirements of the distribution utilities in Visayas and Mindanao regions and as a proactive measure to help solve the power shortage,” Climaco said in her EO, citing the ERC resolutions.

Businessman Pocholo Soliven, who represents the private sector in the Regional Development Council (RDC), supports the mayor’s move for Zamcelco to adopt the ILP, stressing that the city right now needs an immediate or short-term solution to the pestering power outages in the city. — Vic Larato