Former Zamcelco director wants his name cleared PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2011 14:10

Former Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) Board Member Noel Tarrazona yesterday dared suppliers of luxury vehicles, transformers and other products to come out in the open and name names as to who benefited from Zamcelco’s acquisition of various items allegedly on jacked up prices.

Tarrazona made the challenge to clear the names of innocent Zamcelco officials who were affected by a NEA order that suspended the Zamcelco general manager and the members of the board.
“We are urging suppliers to come out in the open to name them (Zamcelco officials and board directors) so innocent officials will be cleared from this ‘nightmare’,” Tarrazona said.

Tarrazona was among those Zamcelco members of the board who were charged of alleged involvement in anomalous transactions that have taken place in the electric cooperative which has affected its financial status.

NEA’s audit report revealed that transactions such as the purchase of 10 MVA power transformer, a dozen of KIA sport utility vehicles, a lot in Talon-Talon and several others were bought at jacked up prices.

A case has been filed before NEA and their administrative committee held two hearings at the Conference Room of Zamboanga City Hall.
Lat week, an order was issued by NEA declaring all the respondents including Zamcelco General Manager Reynerio Ramos guilty of the charges and the punishment dismissal.
In the NEA order, the affected members of the board are perpetually prohibited from seeking post at any rural electric cooperative in the countryand GM Ramos’ benefits including his retirement have been forfeited.

The NEA order did not directly affect Tarrazona since it came out after the May 15, 2011 Zamcelco election where he (Tarrazona) lost to Agustin Graciano in the District 3 election.
“Although I am not that affected but the decision was too harsh to the extent of banning us perpetually in seeking same position in the future. The names of the innocent officials have already been tainted,” said Tarrazona as he reiterated that he did not benefit from any of the alleged anomalous transactions.

“How can I be penalized this way when I was not in Zamcelco when all these transactions happened. I report to Zamcelco twice a month only during board meetings and it is not my job to monitor the micro details of all these transactions,” Tarrazona explained. — Jimmy Villaflores