For siege-accrued back accounts: City pays P8.2M debt with Zamcelco PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 July 2015 10:53

by Sheila Covarrubias

The City Government on Thursday, July 9 has issued a check amounting to P8.2 million for payment of back accounts with the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative for consumption of internally displaced persons in transitory sites.

With the payment, Zamcelco is expected to hasten the installation of power connection to transitory sites such as Masepla in Mampang and Kasanyangan, according to City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head and concurrent Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario.

Apolinario said he signed the check July 8 and release of the same was expected the soonest possible time. The amount forms part of the P45 million bridging fund that Malacañang has released to the city through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, for the requirements in the transitory sites.

The P8.2 million will cover the back accounts for power consumption in the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex or grandstand and the transitory sites in PTSI in Calarian and Rio Hondo. A portion of the amount will also go for the payment of back accounts for consumption at the City Coliseum in Tetuan, which has been disconnected for over a year now.

Apolinario said with the payment of the back accounts, the city is now current in its bills for the transitory sites and the coliseum. Nonetheless, he said, the current accounts are paid through funds from the CDRRMO.

“With this payment we are given the assurance by Zamcelco that power connections in transitory sites will be effected immediately,” the CDRRMO head said.

The Masepla transitory site in Mampang houses over 8,000 families is powered by 6 generator sets in the absence of Zamcelco connection. The same is true with the Kasanyangan transitory site.

The P45M bridging fund turned over to the City last June 15 represented the first tranche of P50 million assistance to recovery sites, pursuant to the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the city government of Zamboanga and the DSDWD. The amount downloaded shall be used in accordance to the budget breakdown as considered and approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Other obligations to be paid from the P45 million siege recovery fund are the desludging  activities from Jan. to Jul. 2015; regular requirements at Masepla 2 Transitory Site;  water needs/requirements at transitory sites; lumber materials for the construction of boardwalk in Buggoc Transitory Site; for bunkhouses and single detached units at Masepla and for the construction of elevated water tank to service the IDPs and residents of Sitio Masepla in Barangay Mampang. — Sheila Covarrubias