(WMPC to Zamcelco: Pay P300-M or else..)Long power outages loom Print
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 14:38

By BOB JALDON

The Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC), a major private supplier of electricity to the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco), has threatened to cut power generation to the electric system by Thursday, July 5, unless Zamcelco pays its past due accounts amounting to more than P300 million.

In a letter of demand to Engineer Edgardo Ancheta, general manager of Zamcelco, Mr. Edgar D. Sevilles, vice-president and business manager for diesel operation, said that Zamcelco’s debt to WMPC, a subsidiary of Alsons’, is now at  P301,791,767.57.

He explained that a huge portion in WMPC’s monthly power bill goes to fuel which is about 91 percent of total expenses.

“WMPC is having difficulty paying its fuel supplier due to (Zamcelco’s) non-payment,” Sevilles said.

Zamcelco’s remaining payment balance for the month of March is P103,068, 121.64 due on July 5, 2018 and the April billing of P155,019,687.63 is due on July 24, 2018.

“In the event Zamcelco cannot pay on July 5, 2018, WMPC will be constrained to curtail Zamcelco to 20 megawatts starting on July 6, 2018 to minimize increase in our fuel payables,” explained Sevilles.

Subsequently, if Zamcelco cannot pay the April billing on July 24, 2018, we will be constrained to cease our entire supply to Zamcelco until said due accounts are fully paid,” Sevilles stressed.

WMPC supplies 50 megawatts of power to Zamcelco which is more than half of the power demand of Zamboanga City. (BJ)