(Celso finds solution to ZC power crisis)Less blackouts starting today PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2015 09:40

By BHONG SIMBAJON

Beginning today, Zamboangueños will no longer suffer from long agonizing blackouts after top enery officials in Manila gave their commitment to help solve the city’s pestering power crisis.

This postive development came after a top level meeting of officials of the Department of Energy,  National Electrification and Administration and the Energy Regulatory Commission called by Zamboanga City District 1 Rep. Celso L. Lobregat intended to address the power problem in Zamboanga, one of the cities in Mindanao seriously affected by energy deficit in Mindanao.

Congressman Lobregat, vice chairman of the powerful Committee on Appropriations in Congress revealed in a press briefing yesterday that there was finality in the commitment of the three major agencies to help Zamcelco solve the power problem which is beyond their control.

“I have moved heaven and earth together with the officials and Board of Directors of Zamcelco to find this immediate solution. We acted with sense of urgency to resolve this crisis not tomorrow but today,” Lobregat emphasized.

The veteran lawmaker said it might not be the total solution, but there will be a significant reduction in hour- to-hour power outages that have battered the city.

“We hope that the situation will normalize, and we take the word of DOE,NEA and ERC as well as the IPPs (Independent Power Producers)  who are in contract with Zamcelco to help us stand united and solve this problem,” Lobregat said.

After having been apprised of the very serious problem from Lobregat and Zamcelco General Manager Engr. George Ledesma, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla ordered PSALM and other IPPs bounded by contracts with Zamcelco to exhaust all efforts and assist the cooperative in its present situation.

NEA also committed to explore other power generators in Mindanao to give excess power supply contracted by other local electric cooperatives in Mindanao to share it to Zamcelco with no extra cost, but just within the bound of the contracts on non-firm basis depending on the number of hours with no further applications nor additional load work of documents as required by the agencies mentioned.

The said emergency procedure will take effect as the need arises.

Secretary Petilla will also be sending technical personnel to Zamboanga City today to coordinate with Zamcelco in looking on the effects of its present emergency actions as well as the power supply situation in the entire Mindanao grid as to where the excess power can be drawn to be given to Zamcelco.

“We have opened up all the power sources in the entire Mindanao region to get  immediate solutions through all those IPPs  which have excess power supply. We are glad they have heard our appeal to help us ease our agony in this city,” Lobregat stressed.

The solon further revealed that as an offshoot of the top level meeting the top officials decided to come to the city to personally make an actual assessment of the effects of this worst power problem  as well as to consult local leaders and other sectors affected by the crisis. —  Bhong Simbajon RMN News