Beng pushes for Zamcelco enhancement through IMC PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2015 13:17

by Sheila covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco on Sunday strongly pushed for Zamcelco’s enhancement program under the investment management contract (IMC) scheme in a bid to ensure a 24-hour stable power supply in the city.

In her message during the 40th Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative held at the City stadium in Tetuan Sunday afternoon, Mayor Climaco said the aggravating power problem in Zamboanga has been affecting businesses, government agencies and all sectors upsetting the city’s development programs.

“Sufficient power supply is an indispensable strategy for economic development. It has always been our goal to have a 24-hour stable power supply for the City and it is essential that we explore any and all means available to have electricity supply sufficient to maintain our thrust for economic progress and to ensure better quality of life for our people,” the mayor declared as she called for the calibration of ZAMCELCO’s capacities and services to make it more responsive to the needs of its member-consumers.

The mayor appealed to the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to strengthen Zamcelco and help it become economically viable and prepared for retail competition and open access as mandated by law.

The investment management contract scheme is recommended by the City Council patterned after the program implemented by the Pampanga Electric Cooperative. Under the scheme, Climaco said Zamcelco’s capabilities will be enhanced making it economically viable.

“We would like to appeal to the membership especially those who are qualified to serve the cooperative by making themselves available and help Zamcelco become economically viable. El cuestion ahora, puede pa ba gaha kita tene 24-hour uninterrupted electricity na Zamboanga? The way forward is for us to review the management it is this time that we ccall on the people to unite with us and help Zamcelco,” the mayor pronounced.

She emphasized that the local government has intervened to help solve the power crisis by enjoining Zamcelco to implement the interruptible load program (ILP) but the same failed to pull through due to the coop’s lack of technical capability.

The system’s loss and other management problems are among the reasons that cause the power crisis in the city, the mayor said.

She clarified however, the IMC is not to remove the present Zamcelco management but rather a scheme that will capacitate and improve the operation of the cooperative.

The AGMA meanwhile, approved a resolution calling on the Zamcelco management and board to study the possibility of implementing the IMC. The activity was well-attended and graced by other top officials of the city to include Cong. Celso Lobregat of District I, some members of the City Council. — Sheila Covarrubias