Climaco to Zamcelco: Avert E-Day blackout PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 April 2016 12:03

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco sounded this week a strong appeal to the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) and its power suppliers to ensure continuous and uninterrupted electricity throughout the city on May 9 synchronized local and national elections.

Climaco said Zamcelco together with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and other independent power producers must by now make preparations and contingency plans to avert power outages on Election Day.

“That is the main task of the Comelec (Commission on Elections) to ensure that Zamcelco will not have blackout on Election Day if not throughout the week of the election period (May 8-15).

She said the city government will also complement the efforts so that the election machines or the precinct count optical scanner (PCOS) machines will be protected so that whatever will be transmitted will be the rightful results of balloting.

“Institutionalize No Blackout on Election Day,” the chief executive told Zamcelco during the press briefing Monday.

Likewise, Climaco stressed that other government agencies like the Department of Energy (DOE) must cooperate, coordinate and collaborate all their efforts to make sure there will be no blackout during the May 9 polls.

This developed despite Zamcelco’s announcement yesterday that it was imposing a five-hour rotational blackout daily due to shortage of power supply.

“We should protect the integrity of the ballots. As candidates, we do not want to be cheated on,” quipped Climaco, who is seeking reelection for a second term as mayor of Zamboanga under the administration’s Liberal Party headed by its standard bearer former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas. — Vic Larato