NEA team probes alleged anomalies in Zamcelco project PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:41

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has started its investigation on the alleged irregularities committed by NEA Project Supervisor and Zamcelco Acting General Manager Jesus Castro on the implementation of Sitio Electrification using the more or less P30 million mixed funds coming from the local government unit and from the two congressional representatives.

The investigating team is composed of an auditor and technical people from NEA who will be staying in the city for 14 days to gather data and other information relative to the suppose energization of at least 36 sitios (villages) in both districts of the city.

Accompanied by Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative President Elbert Atilano, the team visited last Friday morning the sitios in the west coast in which they personally observed many of the erected electric posts were not the ones that have been approved by NEA or not within in the contract.

Under the contract, the post shall be made of steel but what were erected are concrete posts and fabricated tower pole which are cheaper as compared to the recommended and approved ones, Atilano said.

For instance, in Sitio Manolis, Barangay Labuan, the investigating team observed that there have been existing posts which were erected even before the implementation of the electrification project.

The approved steel post costs P14, 400 each while the concreted ones only cost about P6,000, Atilano said.

The alleged irregularities have caused the delay of the sitio electrification including the non-payment of the remaining amount to the private supplier.

Of the P30 million sitio electrification project, P10 million came from the city government, P16 million from the offices of Congressman Erbie Fabian and Congresswoman Maria Isabelle Salazar and P4 million from the Department of Energy.

The failure of former Zamcelco officials in the implementation of the project has reached the Office of President Aquino which became part of his recent State of the Nation Address (SONA). — Jimmy Villaflores