Zamcelco Board backs ILP PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 April 2015 14:49

The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) Board of Directors is has thrown its support to the proposed Interruptible Load Program (ILP) to address the rotational power interruptions in the city.

Led by Zamcelco President Omar Sahi, the Zamcelco Board voiced their full support to the ILP Thursday afternoon in a meeting convened by Mayor Beng Climaco at City Hall.

“100% el di amon suporta [for ILP],” declared Sahi.

Sahi said the equipment for the ILP are already available and implementation will depend on the commitment of the business sector to the program and how fast the technical team can install the needed equipment.

He also guaranteed the Cooperative’s commitment to improve its performance and operations.

The meeting served as a unified effort of the City Government, the City Council, and the Zamcelco to discuss concerns and needs for the implementation ILP. It also tackled the power shortages in the City and the possible short and long-term measures to address the current and future power concerns.

Later in the meeting, Climaco also tasked the City Investment Board to convene and finalize the proposal for the tax incentives for ILP participants. The proposed grant incentives, slated for discussion and approval of the City Council, will include tax credits and discounts to encourage more businesses to participate.

The ILP is a short-term intervention proposed by the local government, Zamcelco, and the business sector to deload the power grid and divert power to residential areas.

Earlier in the week, Climaco issued Executive Order BC 113-2015 enjoining Zamcelco to exhaust all means to implement the ILP in a bid to reduce the six-hour daily rotational power interruptions in the City.

The City Council also unanimously approved a resolution supporting the executive order. — Jasmine Mohammadsali