Council votes against return of P16-M gen set PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 August 2017 14:11

By LIZA JOCSON

The City Council voted against a resolution proposing the return of Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative’s P16-million generator set  purportedly to be used during blackouts.

Nine councilors voted against the resolution of Councilor Josephine Pareja for Zamcelco to return the generator sets and thus stop loan payments of up to P350-million in relation to its acquisition.

Three councilors abstained while four supported Pareja in her proposed resolution.

Councilors who voted against the resolution decided to seek legal guidance first from the National Electrification Administration (NEA) on the return of the generator set.

Prior to proposing the resolution, Pareja gave a privilege speech citing  reasons why the generator set has to be returned by ZAMCELCO.

“No hay sirvi el generator set na west coast, pati na east coast,” said Pareja during her privilege speech.

She said that most feeders, not only those located in the west coast, cannot be supplied with power coming from the generator set.

Pareja said that it is “impractical and not economical” for Zamcelco to keep the generator set and burden its consumers with paying a loan reaching a total of P350-million.

“Why should there be an interpretation (of the contract) when the contract is clear?“ asked Pareja, referring to a contract between the National Electrification Administration and Zamcelco giving the option to the electric cooperative to return the generator set should the power supply of Zamboanga city normalize.

Zamcelco officials, in earlier interviews, cited transmission problems behind their decision to retain the generator set.  (Liza Jocson)