Celso, Zamcelco officials tackle power supply woes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 January 2012 17:49

Mayor Celso Lobregat and officials from the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative headed by Project Supervisor Engr. Jess Castro the other day conferred to discuss the power supply issue in view of an impending power supply shortage in the region and entire Mindanao.

The discussion focused on Zamcelco’s proposal to enter into an agreement with a generation company, the Therma Marine Inc. (TMI) for the supply of electricity to its over a hundred thousand member consumers. The meeting, initiated by Mayor Celso Lobregat at City Hall, January 12, was primarily to patch up differences between    Castro and the 3-man Zamcelco board composed of president Efren Perez and members Agustin Graciano Jr. and Elbert Atilano Jr.

“We tackled the internal problem besetting them (Zamcelco officials) and other issues surrounding Zamcelco especially the proposal with the TMI”, the mayor said. “Initially it was 20 watts and now what is available from the TMI is only 18 watts and so I asked them to update me on this issue”.

Based on the briefing given him, the Zamcelco will approve a resolution which will be submitted to TMI. “Zamcelco will have to make their intentions formal to TMi because if they do not formalize the intention then as time goes and the power shortage becomes more acute then TMI will start also disposing that available supply of electricity”.

The mayor was briefed on the application process, which also includes the submission of the proposal to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The process will include public consultations to be called by the ERC to decide on the rates.

“But as explained to me by Engr. Castro we have to act right away otherwise it will lose the opportunity to purchase the additional electricity which is needed”, the mayor emphasized.

At present there is a region-wide power supply deficiency problem in Mindanao and according to reports, a wide area in Mindanao including Zamboanga City is already experiencing frequent brownouts and power interruptions.

The situation, according to Engr. Castro will get worse by July, which is barely 6 months away.  — Sheila Covarrubias