Beng wants Zamcelco’s ‘no blackout’ assurance PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 October 2015 13:40

by VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco demanded anew yesterday an assurance from the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) that there will be no more blackouts in the city starting this month of October.

“We, the power consumers of Zamboanga, cannot afford to suffer from blackouts any longer. We want 24/7 electricity, and what must Zamcelco do?” Climaco said after attending the public information drive at Zamcelco multi-purpose gym in Putik yesterday.

She said Zamcelco must fix its financial losses and technical problems so that by this month of October 2015 “tiene bastante electricity na ciudad, hende cay deha canatun na escuridad pirmi cay tiene tamen kita projection de El Niño.”

With the coming in of new investors and opening of new shopping malls, Climaco said, Zamboanga now needs more than ever an uninterrupted power supply.

The chief executive likewise demanded the Zamcelco management and the Board of Directors to keep the integrity of power consumers by ensuring that electricity from different sources and different companies are available, and not monopolized by only one company.

Yesterday’s information drive coincided with Zamcelco Board meeting, where the co-op management presented to the public the status of the Power Sales Agreement (PSA) between Zamcelco and the San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI).

However, Climaco said she was not fully satisfied with the public information drive because “we do not want to be taken advantage of by anybody.”

She also protested against the information that the generator sets purchased by Zamcelco cannot be used due to its pending (PSA)with SRPI.

“Ya gasta sen al gubierno para tiene kita gen-sets y ahora manda canatun sabe cay hende ste lang puede usa because our hands are already tied to one company,” Climaco bewailed.

She also issued a strongly-worded message to anyone, including members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, not to lawyer for power companies. She did not elaborate.— Vic Larato