Beng clamors for accountability in Zamcelco PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 March 2016 14:35

Mayor Beng Climaco on Tuesday, March 15, called anew for accountability and transparency within the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMCELCO), urging its management to “not be a stumbling block to the City’s progress”.

Speaking during the power forum spearheaded by the National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reform (NASECORE), Climaco pronounced that sufficient power supply is an indispensable strategy for economic development, and it is ZAMCELCO’s responsibility to keep up with the progress being made by the City.

“Deseo diatun todo tiene ambos supply de kuryente 24 ora para na ciudad para asegura el progreso y buencalidad de vida del diatunmagavivientes. To the Board of Directors and Management of ZAMCELCO, the city is already moving fast and you should act faster because it is your primary obligation not be a stumbling block to the City’s progress,” she said.

Zamboanga City currently has to contend with the 13-mw power deficiency resulting in a 3-hour power outage per feeder daily.

Climaco reiterated that at the end of the day, ZAMCELCO, as the distribution utility, has the duty to contract under the best terms for us Zamboangueños. She also urged ZAMCELCO to expedite the process operationalizing the modular generator sets to ensure stable power and to look for other potential partnerships with suppliers and players.

“We build partnerships because the general welfare of the people of Zamboanga has always been and will always be fundamental. We should only have on agenda – that is to do what is best for the city because we all love Zamboanga City,” she said.

The power forum was attended by local officials and representatives from the business sector, financial institutions, academe, and civil society organizations, and discussed among others the Sangguniang Panglungsod resolution urging the ERC and the NEA to conduct a comprehensive regulatory financial and operational audit of ZAMCELCO preparatory to the implementation of the IMC.

Participants also urged for transparency and accountability, tasking ZAMCELCO management to explain its Php 1.2 Billion debt, system loss percentage of more than 20%, comprehensive loss of P128 Million in 2014, and the Php 228 unauthorized Coop Fund Utilization of P221 Million in 2014.  Towards this end, a consensus was reached to hire a team of lawyers to move forward in filing a case against ZAMCELCO’s Board of Directors for the unauthorized spending of the Cooperative Fund Utilization. (City Investments Division PR)