Beng pays Zamcelco, ZCWD city’s siege-related accounts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:48

by Sheila covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco on Wednesday formally turned over to officials of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) and Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) the checks amounting to a total of P9.33M representing payment for the city’s back accounts for consumption of internally displaced persons in transitory sites.

For Zamcelco, the city paid P8.2 million covering power consumption at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex or grandstand used as an evacuation center 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.

For ZCWD, the check turned over to General Manager Chito Vasquez amounted to P1.132M as payment for the city’s arrears in water consumption.

In turning over the checks to the utilities, Mayor Climaco appealed that electrical and water connections be provided as soon as possible in transitory sites as well as areas where permanent houses have been formally turned over to siege-affected families.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) head and concurrent Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said with the payment of the back accounts, the city is now current in its bills for both light and water particularly in transitory sites. Nonetheless, he said, the current accounts are paid through funds from the CDRRMO.

Also present during the turnover of checks were City Treasurer Soledad Li and representatives from Zamcelco.

With the actual payment of the arrears, Zamcelco is expected to hasten the installation of power connection to transitory sites such as Masepla in Mampang and Kasanyangan, according to Apolinario.

The funds used for the payment of the back accounts are part of the P45M bridging fund turned over to the City last June 15 representing 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