Edding supports move to suspend Zamcelco officials PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:29

Pending the result of an investigation to be conducted by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) on the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco), Councilor Jihan Edding yesterday expressed support to the move of a multi-sectoral group for NEA to place Zamcelco officials and members of the board under preventive suspension and allow NEA officials to temporarily supervise the operation of the coop.
Edding said there is really a need for NEA to come in to save Zamcelco from bankruptcy.
The councilor from District 2 objected to the reported plan of privatizing Zamcelco.
“I heard many negative comments against Zamcelco. There are even names mentioned as involved in the alleged irregularities. But these are all rumors. We want to know the truth. So as not to influence the investigation, concerned officials must be placed first under preventive suspension,” Edding suggested.
NEA has rejected Zamcelco’s justifications on the alleged anomalous transactions carried out by some of its officials and members of the board.
Yesterday, a team from NEA central office arrived in the city and met with Zamcelco officials and members of the board of. Later in the afternoon, the team proceeded to City Hall for a closed door conference with Mayor Celso Lobregat.
A Zamcelco insider said that NEA will not suspend any of the officials but instead, will assign somebody to assist General Manager Reynerio Ramos until its operation will be back to normal.
However, the source revealed that somebody from the cooperative will be "sacrificed", to be blamed for all irregularities.
NEA has placed Zamcelco’s operation under Category “D”, which means, its operation does not satisfy NEA’s requirement.
Instead of going down, Zamcelco's system loss has gone up to 18 percent this year. The tolerable percentage is more or less 13 per cent. -- Jimmy Villaflores