Climaco commits support to Zamcelco, ZCWD plans PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:59

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

 

Mayor Beng Climaco expressed all out support to measures implemented by concerned utility firms to address the energy and water problems in the city saying she sees so much hope in the aspiration to normalize both power and water supply in the coming months.

This, as the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) recently signed a contract with San Miguel Corporation, a coal power producer for the supply of 35MW power at a cost of P3.40 per KWH in anticipation of the termination of the contract with Mapalad and Therma Marine Inc. (TMI) both diesel power producers in a few months’ time.

The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) on the other hand, has introduced two innovations to improve water distribution by 2017.

Mayor Climaco has been silently making representations with the agencies concerned in Manila in support of the plans of the both the electric cooperative and the water firm.

“I see hope in the city in as far as normalizing our electrical needs is concerned. WE might face increase in our fees because we are heavily reliant on diesel but once San Miguel will come in we expect clearer and brighter future for Zamboanga and we thank the Zamcelco management for this”, Mayor Climaco said during her press briefing in City Hall Monday. “Our challenge is to continue to contract more affordable electricity, a P3.40 per KWH rate is the lowest we can have for Zamboanga City.

Sahi, who was also present during the press briefing mentioned that San Miguel contract offers the lowest price and more opportunities for Zamcelco which is why it was chosen to replace the two diesel power suppliers. Nevertheless, he said the contract will undergo the competitive selection process, a requirement in the procurement act.

On the other hand, Mayor Climaco said the two projects to be implemented by the ZCWD is expected to help ensure continuous water supply by 2017.

Based on projections, she said, electricity will be costly and water will be scarce in the summer of 2016 but a brighter future is expected once the utilities primarily responsible to ensure water and electricity will work. “With God’s grace and cooperation of the people, this will be the last summer that we will be experiencing some difficulties, through the help of God, we can have a productive summer by 2017, thank you Zamcelco and ZCWD.”

The mayor meanwhile, appealed to all residents to help and support in the campaign for water and energy conservation. While the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are most affected by these problems but the same woes are experienced by the regular clientele in the barangays, she said. “That is why we must maximize and intensify our effort on water and energy conservation.” Sheila Covarrubias