Explain ILP failure, Zamcelco asked PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:03

by Vic Larato

Members of the newly reorganized Zamboanga City Investment and Incentives Board (ZCIIB) chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco unanimously approved a resolution yesterday, asking the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) to explain why it cannot implement effectively the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) despite the tax incentive that the city government has offered to participating industrial and commercial establishments.

Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who presided over the ZCIIB meeting yesterday afternoon, moved to approve the resolution in response to a report that of the 11 companies or business establishments, which earlier had signified willingness to join the ILP, only four have actually joined and currently implementing the program widely expected to reduce or shorten the rotation blackouts in the city.

“We want to know why Zamcelco cannot implement the ILP,” said the vice mayor now acting city mayor in the absence of Mayor Climaco,

To recall, Mayor Climaco issued last April 20 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. — Vic Larato