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Thursday, 07 July 2011 16:55

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) have announced the start of search for Zamcelco board members to fill out the vacancies that resulted from the NEA decision terminating coop key officials.

The  vacancies to be filled up through appointment will be the board of directors for Districts 2, 6 and 7. The deadline for the submission of applications at the Zamcelco office will be tomorrow, July 7 at 5 pm.

Zamcelco Internal Services Department Chief Wilhelmino Bazan made the announcement after a meeting between Mayor Celso Lobregat and officials from NEA-Manila and Zamcelco in City Hall yesterday afternoon.

District 2 comprises barangays Zone 3 and Zone 4; District 6 comprises the barangays of Taluksangay, Talabaan, Arena Blanco and part of sitio Mulu-Muluan while District 7 covers the barangays of Cabaluay, Culianan, Cacao, Guisao, Mercedes, Manicahan, Salaan, Lansones and Lapakan.

Interested applicants must be a Filipino citizen, member-consumer of Zamcelco in the district applied for at least one year preceding the appointment, must be 21 years old, member of good standing (meaning no unsettled outstanding accounts, not apprehended for pilferage of power, not convicted of any crime or removed for cause from the coop) and not in any way employed or financially interested in electrical hardware or doing business with the coop including the use or rental of poles.

The applicant’s spouse should not also be holding an elective office in the government nor elected to an elective position above the level of a barangay chairman; must not have been convicted of crime involving moral turpitude and must not have been terminated from government or private employment.

If the applicant is a government employee, Bazan said, the applicant must submit a permit or clearance from the department secretary/ elected official or duly authorized representative of the office he or she is employed with.

Bazan said the applications will be evaluated and screened based on the qualifications and necessary guidelines by the NEA team that will be coming over to the city to look into the appointment of a temporary board.

Present during the meeting with the mayor at City Hall yesterday afternoon were Engr. Jess Castro- NEA project supervisor and acting Zamcelco general manager; Councilor Rey Candido; NEA representatives from Manila—Federico Villar Jr. (Technical Assistant to the Project Manager), Charito Mabitaza (Financial Assistant to the PS/AGM) and Regie Filotea; Engr. Melad, Bazan, Board president Ernesto Perez and members Bong Atilano and Agustin Graciano Jr. and several others.

The appointment of a temporary board is one of the four recommendations submitted to the NEA by Mayor Lobregat and the multi-stakeholders following an emergency meeting last July 15. The emergency meeting, called by the mayor was purposely to come up with unified solutions amidst the predicament besetting the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) caused by the recent removal of the general manager and the board of directors.

Foremost in the decisions reached during the 2-hour long meeting in City Hall were the recommendation for the NEA to postpone the general assembly of Zamcelco set on Sunday, June 19 to a later date and call for an election for replacement of dismissed board members who still have an unexpired term of 2 years or more.

The group also asked NEA to immediately conduct the election for the position of ZAMCELCO’s 1st district director, Leandro Macatangay who passed away April 10, 2011 or one month prior to the promulgation of the decision on NEA-administrative case no. 02-12-10. The group likewise 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.

Bazan encourages all those qualified and interested to submit their applications within the period set. He said the cooperative will conduct massive dissemination campaign to encourage more applicants. — Sheila Covarrubias