Celso, stakeholders confer with NEA re Zamcelco audit report PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 December 2010 11:57

Mayor Celso Lobregat and different stakeholders conferred with National Electrification Administration (NEA) officials Wednesday afternoon to tackle steps to be undertaken following the release of the final audit report on the operations of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco).
The meeting, held at the conference room of City Hall was the second for the NEA officials who first met with ZAMCELCO management and board of directors in the morning to serve summons to 11 officials who are subjects of an administrative case in line with the moto proprio investigation that the NEA is conducting resulting from the final audit report.
The summons provide 10 days starting December 15, 2010, for those concerned Zamcelco officials to answer various issues, whose justifications to which, were earlier rejected by the NEA. The deadline for the submission of the answers by the subject officials will fall on December 25, Christmas day, after which comes the 2-3 months moto proprio investigation by the NEA.
The meeting with the NEA officials headed by Deputy Administrator Edgardo Piamonte served as a forum where the agency briefed Mayor Lobregat and the stakeholders on their succeeding plans of action as well as the initiatives being taken by the chief executive and the multisectoral groups in the city.
The different suggestions, apprehensions and opinions brought to fore by the stakeholders during a meeting with Mayor Lobregat Monday were also discussed with the NEA representatives. It was also emphasized that the NEA-initiated moto propio investigation should be no-nonsense, full blown, done with urgency and undertaken by impartial investigators.
Recall that the NEA last Dec. 10 came out with the complete and final audit report after evaluation of the justifications sent by Zamcelco officials were found to be insufficient.   A copy of the report was furnished to Mayor Lobregat over the weekend; on Monday, Dec. 13, the mayor met with the stakeholders to divulge the final report and to discuss steps to be taken following this development. 
The NEA auditors has found Zamcelco management’s reply to findings as insufficient in justification and recommended that the agency invoke its moto propio authority to “amplify and give the parties concerned the opportunity to ventilate their side or position pursuant to the constitutional requirements of due process.
Based on the NEA final report, the NEA will conduct a moto propio investigation to pinpoint who is culpable or accountable for the alleged irregular transactions discovered in the course of the audit. The moto propio investigation is pursuant to its supervisory powers under section 10 Chapter 2 of Presidential Decree 269 with amendments.
Mayor Lobregat has stressed that due process will have to be followed to ensure that the real culprits will be unmasked and properly charged and that the delivery of service to the people will not be affected. -- Sheila Covarrubias