Beng seeks ERC’s help in Zamcelco contracts PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 August 2015 11:48

by vic larato

Mayor Beng Climaco asked yesterday the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to intervene on behalf of the city government in the effort to scrutinize whatever contracts the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco) will enter into with any independent power providers or companies.

“We are here to file our appeal that we, the city government, be allowed to negotiate and discuss with ERC (officials) because sila lang puede canatun man intervene,” Climaco said when interviewed by media shortly before she attended the ERC public hearing on the power rate increase that Zamcelco has applied for.

This, after Zamcelco has contracted MAPALAD to provide the city with additional power supply in a bid to reduce if not stop the rotational blackouts. Under the said power sales agreement, power rate is pegged at P28 per kilowatt-hour.

“We want the rate reduced but subject to terms and conditions that are transparent to us (consumers). Yes, the city’s consumers need electricity but we will never allow to be blinded by these contracts,” the chief executive declared. “We do not want a repeat of the SRPI contract that’s why we are here at ERC public hearing,” she added.

Climaco also emphasized that the city government will not allow private companies “to take advantage of our situation and of our need for electricity.”

“Some consumers may be will to pay higher rate, pero hende kita willing paga si amarao kita na un contrata lang,” the mayor reiterated. “We want free enterprise in electricity. We don’t want Zamboanga City be locked only to one provider of electricity.”

Early on, power watchdogs and consumers conducted a rally outside the premises of Zamcelco in Putik to protest against what they claimed as the ineptitude of Zamcelco officials to solve the power outages and the many issues haunting the cooperative.

Meanwhile, the mayor thanked the police and security forces for the successful and peaceful conduct of the anti-Zamcelco rally yesterday.— Vic Larato