NEA studies request on Zamcelco district polls PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 17:10

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) is studying the recommendations of the city’s multi-stakeholders for the conduct of elections for replacement of dismissed Zamcelco board members who still have an unexpired term of 2 years or more as well as polls for district 1 director which was left vacant following the untimely demise of the elected director.

The NEA earlier approved the group’s suggestion to defer the holding of the Annual General Assembly of Zamcelco set last Sunday, June 19 to a later date in view of the termination from office of the general manager and the board of directors who were in office between Sept. 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 when the audit was conducted.

Mayor Celso Lobregat on June 15 wrote NEA administrator Edita Bueno submitting four recommendations that he and the multi-stakeholders have agreed upon in an emergency meeting he called earlier that day in a bid to come up with unified solutions amid the predicating besetting Zamcelco following the promulgation of the decision on NEA-Administrative case 02-12-10.

Lobregat said Administrator Bueno has responded his letter Friday, June 17 informing about the issuance of an order postponing the June 19 coop general assembly.
The remaining recommendations regarding the district elections and the appointment of temporary board (if need be) are subject to NEA discussions “based on existing guidelines and consultations with the NEA team, consumer groups and other stakeholders of Zamcelco”, according to Lobregat citing Bueno’s letter.
Bueno also stated in her letter to the mayor that consultations will be conducted within two weeks after which the NEA “will then be able to respond to your remaining recommendations appropriately”.

Aside from the postponement of the June 19 coop general assembly and the election of district directors to replace the dismissed board members who still have an unexpired term of 2 years or more as well as to elect the replacement of District I director Leandro Macatangay, who passed away April 10, 2011 or one month prior to the promulgation of the decision, the multi-stakeholders also recommended that “if there is an urgent need for an appointment of a temporary board to act on matters necessitating immediate Board action, their appointment to the temporary board shall be in accordance with the guidelines on the conduct of Electric Cooperative District Elections, NEA memorandum 2005-12 and Zamcelco by-laws”.

The appointment shall not be more than 90 days, provided further that those appointed to the temporary board shall be prohibited from running for the same position in the immediately succeeding election, the group said.

Lobregat was prompted to call an emergency meeting of multi-stakeholders to help prevent Zamcelco crisis. With the NEA ruling, the office of the board of directors
of Zamcelco shall not have a quorum and ceases to function since only one member, Efren Perez, remains, while two newly-elected members—Elbert Atilano and Agustin Graciano—have yet to formally assume their post. 

The meeting held in City Hall was attended by over 50 people including House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco, members of the Council committee on energy, and public utilities, other city officials, 3 remaining Zamcelco board of directors, National Electrification Administration (NEA) officials assigned to Zamcelco, representatives from the multi-sectoral group for better Zamcelco (MGBZ) members of the academe and representatives from the business sector, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, urban poor, socio-civic and other non-government organizations and Archbishop Romulo Valles.

The meeting came a day after Mayor Lobregat received a copy of a separate decision dated May 25, 2011 of the NEA on the imposition of penalty of removal of all respondents in the administrative case against Zamcelco with the MGBZ as intervenors.

The NEA decision on the administrative case against the Zamcelco management and board of directors stemmed from Mayor Lobregat’s request July last year for NEA to conduct a fair, accurate and comprehensive audit of the operations of Zamcelco in the light of alleged controversies afflicting the cooperative. 

The mayor officially wrote NEA Administrator Edith Bueno July 5, 2010 requesting the agency to do the audit based on authorization granted to him by the City Council. — Sheila Covarrubias