Mayor asks PRRD to order NEA takeover of Zamcelco PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 July 2018 15:15

Mayor Beng Climaco has sought President Duterte’s intervention to help solve the worsening power problem due to what she termed as “the inability of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) to adequately manage its affairs.”

In a letter which she personally handed over to President Duterte last Thursday, July 26, Mayor Climaco requested the Chief Executive to “direct the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to immediately take over management of Zamcelco and appoint an expert Project Manager to assume the management of Zamcelco in order to prevent this impending power curtailment of electric supply in the city of Zamboanga.”

The mayor likewise appealed to the NEA administrator, through the president, “to ensure that day to day operation of Zamcelco will not be disrupted until an able management team that will fix the prevailing Zamcelco problems will be appointed.”

As a long term solution to the aggravating Zamcelco problem, Climaco said the NEA should also call for the immediate appointment of a credible Interim Operating Management Team consisting of expert NEA personnel to immediately conduct management audit on financial operating position of Zamcelco.

The same panel of experts, Climaco said, “shall have the mandate to review the IMC proposal of Zamcelco and to find and recommend a viable investor that will assume the outstanding debts of Zamcelco, assure steady and reliable source of power, on a cost least burdensome to the consumer-members, for Zamcelco.”

“Finally, I urge all concerned agencies to initiate an investigation purposely to determine administrative/ criminal liabilities on the part of Zamcelco personnel”, the mayor stated in her letter to the president.

Climaco pointed out that the recent energy crisis in the city is brought about by Zamcelco’s inability to adequately manage its affairs resulting to inconvenience to the residents, disruption of public service due to the cooperative’s failure to pay its monetary obligations to Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC).

The local government came to know recently, according to Climaco, that Zamcelco is indebted to WMPC and other energy providers in substantial amounts that resulted to reduction of power supply to residents. The expected prolonged power outages is one of the indications that the cooperative is poorly managed, she said.

Citing the general welfare clause in section 16 of the Local Government Code, The mayor stressed in her letter to the president that it is her mandate to promote the general welfare and protect the rights of the residents including the right to steady and less costly electric power source.  (Sheila Covarrubias)