Ad hoc body on power backs Multi-Sectoral Energy Council PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 July 2015 10:59

by Vic Larato

The Ad Hoc Committee on Power in a meeting yesterday afternoon passed a resolution, endorsing the creation of a Multi-Sectoral Energy Council that Mayor Beng Climaco intends to organize through an executive order.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who presided over the ad hoc meeting in the absence of the chief executive, said energy council aims to address power-related issues and problems such as but not limited to the long periods of power outages the city has been experiencing.

This, Iturralde said, as the thrust of the city government of Zamboanga is to have a sufficient power supply which is an indispensable tool for economic progress and for the better life of its constituents.

He said the proposed energy council also seeks to ensure proactive partnership among concerned government agencies, the business sector and private and non-government organizations in finding solutions, developing plans, policies and programs in address the energy crisis.

The council will have Mayor Climaco as chairperson, Vice Mayor Iturralde as vice chair, LGU members from the Sangguniang Panlungsod, City Administrator, City Legal Officer, CDRRMO, City Planning and Development Coordinator, and the Sales and Promotions Supervisor.

The business sector will be represented by the regional governor for Western Mindanao of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc.; president of the Philippine Vhamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc.; president of the Zamboanga Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry; president of the Industrial Group of Zamboanga, Inc.; president of the Philippine International Development Council, Inc.; president of the Southern Philippines Deep Sea Fishing Association, Inc.; and representative of Movement for Better Zamboanga.

The Zamboanga City Electric Coopeative (Zamcelco) will be represented no less than by its General Manager George Ledesma and President Sahi.

Othe members of the council will come from the concerned regional agencies, academe, civil society, and the advisors/observers will come from the Department of Energy, National Electrification Administration (NEA), National Power Corp. (NPC) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). — Vic Larato