NEA-appointed exec for Zamcelco: Capable or not? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 17:24

While there are some Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) employees doubting the capability of a project supervisor appointed to oversee the coop amid charges of inefficiency and corruption in the organization, the members of the board led by its president Rolando Gregorio has welcomed Jesus Castro, designated by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to supervise the coop'soperation.

An employee occupying high position in Zamcelco claimed that Castro's capability has been under question even at the time when he was the general manager of Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative or Zamsureco II based in Ipil, Sibugay Province.

The source said that Castro is a friend of many of the officials of Zamcelco.

Denying these alleged allegations, the Zamcelco board instead passed a resolution expressing their sincere appreciation on the appointment of Castro to temporarily supervise the cooperative even for a six-month period.

Gregorio said they trust the capability of Castro in managing the coop because of his vast experience that made Zamsureco II one of the outstanding electric cooperatives in the country. Castro served Zamsureco II for more than 20 years.

During his visit to the Office of the Mayor last December 30, 2010, Castro vowed to bring Zamcelco back to normal operation with end in view of providing better and more efficient services to member consumers.

On the other hand, Mayor Celso Lobregat asked Castro to strictly maintain impartiality and fairness and not to allow ties to get in the way of the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, Noel Tarrazona, Zamcelco board member representing District 3 yesterday said the appointment of a project supervisor is long overdue.

“I have been asking for this more than a year now. It is good that NEA has finally designated a temporary manager who will see the entire operation of the cooperative. I asked the appointment of a project supervisor at the time the coop’s system loss has started to increase,” Tarrazona said.

He said that despite the efforts being exerted by them, the system loss has never gone down to a tolerable level.

On Saturday, January 8, 2011, Tarrazona said he will bring up the issue on the system loss with Castro during the Board's regular board meeting.

He said the board will allow Castro to attend all its meetings as an observer and probably guide the members on the board decisions.

Castro ‘s primary task is to oversee the operations and management of the coop and ensure the delivery of services to consumers and countersign checks, withdrawal slips and other banking transactions. -- Jimmy Villaflores