Acuña named new Zamcelco OIC-GM PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:17

The Board of Directors of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco), in an emergency meeting the other day, appointed Engr. Santiago “Santi” Acuña as its new OIC General Manager.

The appointment  comes after the National Electrification Administration (NEA) Board of Administrators issued a decision on NEA Admin. Case No. 20-11-14, dated January 28, 2016 involving a procurement  which is a violation of NEA’s procurement guidelines. Respondents in the case are Zamcelco employees Juliet Bacason, Cesar Melad, Engr. Edgardo Ancheta (OIC General Manager), Sylvia Piñero, Engr. Al-Ashri Bagis, Gadner Nur, Remuel Aca-Ac and Ma. Cecilia Devero.

The said officials and employees were “found guilty of less grave offense of conduct prejudiced to the interest of the electric cooperative and member-consumers as well as in violation/non-compliance to NEA issuances, memoranda and other rules and regulations and meted with the maximum penalty of ninety (90) days suspension.”

Former Zamcelco General Manager Engr. George Ledesma, also a respondent in the case, has a greater penalty in three counts; the NEA decision states that Ledesma “willfully and maliciously authorized and approved the release of funds of the coop to pay the errant supplier.”

In addition, the NEA decision says Ledesma chose to ignore the “very strong letter” of Mr. Luvismindo Enriquez, and the numerous questionable if not anomalous surrounding the transaction; his alleged non-adherence to establish procedure/policy on hiring, assignment, appointment and promotion involving Ma. Luisa Gaspar, Engr. Edgardo Ancheta and Teresa Riconalla-Carpitanos; and his alleged inaction on the P498,000 stolen from the Sta. Maria Sub-office which involves Teresa Riconalla-Carpitanos, his sister-in-law.

The decision was duly signed by the Board of Administrators headed by Alternate of the Chairman Atty. Jose Raymund A. Acol, and members Jose Victor Lobrigo, Eugene Tan, Victor Chiong and Edita Bueno.

The case stemmed from a complaint for violation of NEA’s procurement guidelines filed by former Zamcelco director Expedito Marquez, Jr.,

“This will now prove indeed they committed infraction of the rules and regulations set by NEA,” Marquez said. “They should also be demoted because it has been proven that they are not trustworthy. I doubt whether it will be appropriate for the OIC-GM to return to his position (after the 90-day suspension order),” Marquez said.

Coop’s legal counsel Atty. Quirino Esguerra said they will appeal the case to NEA for reconsideration.

Meanwhile, newly-designated OIC-GM Engr. Santiago Acuña who started his first day in office Tuesday ,said he will continue the priority programs of the coop implemented by his predecessor Engr. Ancheta together with the Board of Directors headed by Omar Sahi.

“I will act the same as OIC particularly on the programs of Zamcelco,” Acuña said.

He said the present 2 to 3 hours brownout is happening due to shortage of supply from the four power producers — TMI, MPC, WMPC and PSALM, while there is no timeline for the utilization of generator sets.

“As there’s a technical problem on the synchronization process of the gensets,” Acuña explained.

Acuña is an electrical engineer and has served as head of the Transmisssion and Distribution Department for already 30 years in the coop. — Monch L. Follosco