ZAMCELCO UPDATE: Trouble shooter says there were lapses in some deals PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 11:46

“There were really lapses in some of the transactions committed by some Zamcelco’s officials especially on those projects that were implemented without following the proper procedure.”

Thus said Jesus Castro, who was designated by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) as project supervisor tasked to look into the operation of Zamcelco amid charges of alleged inefficiency and corruption in the cooperative.

In a radio interview yesterday morning, Castro, who was the former General Manager of Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative (Zamsureco II), said, “there is really a need to correct the manner on how the officials are running the cooperative.”

Just one day in office last Monday, Castro revealed that there are many things to be done in order to restore the normal operation of the cooperative which has been placed by NEA under Category D.

He observed that the Zamcelco rank and file employees are disunited.

“My priority is to unite the employees. We can not achieve our goal if we are disunited,” Castro said as he started holding meetings with the different departments.

While NEA’s Administrative Committee (AdCom) conducts the investigation on the alleged anomalous transactions that were entered into by Zamcelco particularly on the bidding process and implementation of its various projects, Castro will stay as the project supervisor whose task is to oversee the operation of the cooperative, to countersign checks and to scrutinize all documents before its implementation.

However, Castro clarified that he will not intervene in the ongoing investigation and will instead focus more on how to improve the operations of Zamcelco.

Castro was General Manager of Zamsureco II for 27 years and under his stewardship, Zamsureco was named several times as most outstanding cooperative in the country.

Zamsureco II's system loss has gone down to its tolerable level of 13% while Zamcelco is suffering from a 17% system loss.

“I am optimistic that I can lower it down before I leave Zamcelco. But in doing so, I need the cooperation of the Zamcelco family including the member consumers,” said Castro, who will stay as PS of Zamcelco until June 30, 2011.

He said he is coming up with an action plan with the end view of saving the cooperative from further deterioration.

“I have tried my action plans in Zamsureco. We were able to lower down our system loss and improve our collection. This is possible in Zamcelco. All we need is cooperation and support from the member consumers themselves,” Castro pointed out. -- Jimmy Villaflores