Electricity pilferage rampant in 9 barangays — Zamcelco PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2011 16:30

Almost P2 million worth of electric current are lost every month due to pilferage in nine barangays in Zamboanga City until this was discovered by the new manager of the  Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco).

Zamcelco acting manager Jesus Castro identified the nine barangays where electricity pilferage has been rampant as Rio Hondo, Mariki, Mampang, Talon-Talon, Sta. Catalina, Baliwasan going to Suterville.

Castro said Zamcelco has tapped the National Bureau of Investigation and the City Police Office  to investigate many suspected electricity pilferers in the nine barangays.
“We will file cases against them (suspects) and if the investigation will prove they are stealing electricity, they will pay the penalties,” Castro said.

According to Castro, as a result of the rampant stealing of electricity in the said barangays, two electrician-meter readers of Zamcelco were dismissed from their jobs.          Castro revealed that three department stores in the city were also discovered to have been stealing electricity as discovered during an investigation They are now part of the cases being readied by Zamcelco

The acting manager said because of the rampant pilferage of electricity, Zamcelco’s debt soared to P800 million. This prompted the National Power Grid- Power Sector Asset and Liability Management to almost cut off electricity load to Zamcelco last February.

Meanwhile, Castro warned local welding shops operating without big transformer to stop operation because it causes power fluctuation.
Castro also appealed to consumers to send text message to Zamcelco and give information on pilferage of electricity.Contact numbers are 0917-722-3925 and 0918-520-4237 or 0962-926-5192. — Allen Abastillas