Happy days are over for some Zamcelco officials, employees PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 January 2011 16:33

Happy days are over for some Zamcelco officials and almost 100  cooperative employees who have been enjoying the privilege of not paying in full their accumulated electric bills on time.

NEA Project Supervisor Jesus Castro has ordered one Zamcelco board director, two former directors  and some 100 employees to settle the arrears and surcharges in their electric bills.

The said Zamcelco officials and employees were found to have arrears for more than two months, thus, disconnection notices personally signed by Castro were sent to them with the demand of settling their obligations the soonest possible time.

In a radio interview over “Morning na Zamboanga, Morning na Region 9” yesterday, Castro identified the three board directors as Tito Espiritusanto (incumbent), and former board members Leopoldo Toribio of Sangali and Efigenio Julian, former president of the board representing District 4.

Castro said that in his first week in office, he was informed from within the cooperative that almost 200 employees and six members of the board have not been paying their bills on time that has resulted  to arrears.

“I immediately verified the report that was given to me and I found out that there are indeed some of our employees who have arrears which should be settled right away so as to show fairness to other electric consumers having similar situation,” Castro said.

The said officials and employees have been enjoying this privilege but it should be stopped because the cooperative is facing so many controversies and problems including poor collection efficiency and very high system loss, Castro said.

“It is very unfair for the cooperative to cut the line of ordinary consumers who failed to pay their bills in a given period of time. The law applies to everybody. If these people can not settle their obligation, their electric line will be disconnected,” Castro assured.

Castro, who was designated by NEA to troubleshoot Zamcelco’s problem, said he will continue to execute plans that will help the almost losing cooperative to regain back its good status.

In the NEA-Audit Report, Zamcelco’s status has been reclassified into Category “D” from Category “B” because it failed to reduce its system loss, very poor collection efficiency and many others.

As one of the measures, Castro, together with the technical people of Zamcelco and the department heads,conducted an on-the-spot inspection of the household electric meters in one area in Barangay Talon-Talon.

The group discovered that 70 percent of the inspected meters have been tampered resulting to slow movement.

In the investigation, the owners of the tampered electric meters have alleged that electricians from Zamcelco itself were the ones who offered their services in exchange of some amount.

However, Castro said that he cannot just file the necessary cases against these unscrupulous people because no one from among the affected households could identify them. — Jimmy Villaflores