Mayor Climaco presses Zamcelco to contract cheaper electricity PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 November 2015 12:08

By VIC LARATO

 

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday pressured anew the Board of Directors of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco, Inc.) to contract much cheaper and affordable electricity from other companies, and not to tie its hands to only one company.

“I want to pressure them (Zamcelco directors) to contract affordable electricity for the people of Zamboanga. Do not tie your hands to only one company that is grossly disadvantageous to the city. That is my message to them,” Mayor Climaco said when asked to comment on the actions taken by the Zamcelco Board to expel Engr. George Ledesma as general manager of the local electric cooperative.

While the Board’s actions (through series of resolutions against Ledesma) were within the purview of its powers, Climaco hinted that Engr. Ledesma should also be accorded with due process.

“I cannot comment more on the issue, but there must be due process. What we, member-consumers, want is for the Board to review and revisit its policies that prefer only one company,” the chief executive said.

She said there were many companies that wanted to venture in power supply for the city like San Miguel Corp., Meralco and Aboitiz, only that Zamcelco appeared to have tied its hands to only one company, the San Ramon Power, Inc. of Alsons.

“We, the consumers, should be vigilant and tell Zamcelco to choose what is most beneficial to us (people of Zamboanga), that which is most helpful, a 24-hour electricity at a very affordable cost,” she said.

The mayor pointed out that it is incumbent upon the Zamcelco Board to revisit its policies, clarify to the member-consumers the cooperative’s plans, and give equal opportunities to other companies that can give cheaper and affordable electricity 24/7.

The Zamcelco Board of Directors is headed by Omar Sahi as president

Early this week, the Board passed series of resolutions—terminating Ledesma as general manager, declaring the GM position vacant, appointing an officer-in-charge, declaring no support for Ledesma, and recalling his confirmation, among others.

All these resolutions, however, will take effect only if approved by the National Electrification Administration (NEA). In the meantime, Ledesma remains the general manager of Zamcelco.— Vic Larato