Climaco wants Zamcelco mgt fixed first to end power crisis PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:43

by VIC LARATO

How can we fix the power crisis if the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) is not managed properly?

This was one of the many striking questions that Mayor Beng Climaco posed to the different resource persons and multi-stakeholders attending the power forum Monday afternoon at Centro Latino, during which she challenged the Zamcelco management, represented by the general manager himself, Engr. George Ledesma, to improve the cooperative’s administrative and technical capabilities, otherwise in cannot address effectively the power crisis besetting the city of Zamboanga for months now.

Climaco bewailed that the city’s lamentable power situation will never improve “if we remain idle and not making things possible to happen” by conserving electricity, adopting energy-saving tips and make Zamcelco management accountable for its inaction to addressing the power crisis.

The chief executive also lamented on Zamcelco’s inability to contract additional power supply for the city because it is operating on a huge system’s loss in the amount of P2 million to P3 million a month.

She hinted the fact that Zamboanga can hardly move forward if the electric cooperative is tied down to an exclusive contract whose terms of reference are disadvantageous to its member-power consumers and the city as a whole.

“As power consumers, we need to review the contracts Zamcelco has entered into and look at their impact on the entry of other cheap and readily available power supplies, their effect on our electric bills, and how these contracts be able to address the supply and demand shortfall now besetting our city,” Climaco said as she appealed to all power consumers and stakeholders to attend Zamcelco’s annual general membership assembly this coming Sunday to scrutinize any and all issues involving the management “y guardia diatun interes para el buen de toto.”

The mayor stressed that Zamboanga’s power demand at present is 90MW daily but the supply is only 66MW, leaving a deficit of 24MW, which translates to six hours rotational blackouts every day. A 4MW deficit is equivalent to an hour of blackout.

“We all agree that sufficient power supply is an indispensable strategy for economic development. It has always been our goal to have a 24-hour stable supply for the city. Our goal is 24-hr electricity to maintain our thrust for economic progress and ensure quality of life for our people,” Climaco said.

Present as resource speakers during the forum were Atty. Goldelio Rivera and Engr. Antonio Cortez, both from the National Electrification Administration (NEA); Atty. Francisco Villa and Glicerio Amparo Jr., of the Energy Regulations Commission (ERC); and Engr. Archimedes Donato, project development manager of San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI). — Vic Larato