Zamcelco vows to strictly enforce anti-pilferage law PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:07

Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative ( Zamcelco) General Manager Reinerio R. Ramos yesterday warned member-consumers that the Coop management is hell-bent in filing necessary charges in court if they so violate Republic Act. No. 7832 that penalizes the pilferage of electricity and theft of electric power transmission lines/materials, and rationalizes system losses by phasing out pilferage losses as a component thereof.

Ramos said that Zamcelco will start to strictly implement such law by early January next year as part of its drastic moves to eventually  address with fruition its own known vicious cycle in system loss.
Zamcelco management, in the past, was more open and considerate to merely come to a mutual settlement with member-consumers caught violating the pilferage law.

“But now, we are more inclined to file charges against them in court if they insist in violating this Pilferage Act,” Ramos stressed.

This Act is otherwise referred to as “Anti-electricity and Electric Transmission Lines/ Materials Pilferage Act of l994.”

Sec. 2 of such Act declares as unlawful for any person, whether natural or juridical, public or private, to: a.) Tap, make or cause to be made any connection with overhead lines, service drops, or other electric service wires, without previous authority or consent of the private electric utility or rural electric cooperative concerned; b.) Tap, make or cause to be made any connection to the existing electric service facilities of any duly-registered consumer without the latter’s or the electric utility’s consent or authority; c.) Tamper, install or use a tampered electrical meter, jumper, current reversing transformer, shorting or shunting wire, loop connection or any other device which interferes with the proper or accurate registry or metering of electric current or otherwise results in its diversion in a manner whereby electricity is stolen or wasted; d. )Damage or destroy an electric meter, equipment, wire or conduit or allow any of them to be damaged or destroyed as to interfere with the proper or accurate metering of electric current; and e.) Knowingly use or receive the direct benefit of electric service obtained through any of the acts (mentioned above.

Other major violations cited are: “Theft of electric power transmission lines and materials such as: “1.) Cut, saw, slice, separate, split, severe, smelt, or remove any electric power transmission line/material or meter from tower, pole, any other installation or place of installation or any other place or site where it may be rightfully or lawfully stored, deposited, kept, stocked, inventoried, situated or located, without the consent of the owner, whether or not the act id done for profit or gain; 2.) Take, carry away or remove or transfer, with or without the use of a motor vehicle or other means of conveyance, any electric power transmission line/material or meter from a tower, pole, any other installation  or place of installation, or any place or site where it may be rightfully or lawfully stored, deposited, kept, stocked, in inventoried, situated or located, without the consent of the owner, whether or not the act is done for profit or gain..” 

Ramos exhorted all member-consumers to heed the Coop’s stern warning to refrain from possible severe sanctions and/or penalties, to wit: Prision mayor or a fine ranging from P10,000 to P20,000 or both, at the discretion of the court, shall be imposed on any person found guilty of such violation; b.) The penalty of reclusion temporal or a fine ranging from P50,000 to P100,000) or both, at the discretion of the court, shall be imposed on any person found guilty of such violation.

“For sure, we’ll strictly implement such Act regardless of our standings in the society by early January next year,” Ramos emphasized.