Atilano dares critics to help solve blackout problems PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:17

Irked by too much criticisms, insults, and even negative insinuations against his person,  Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco) President Elbert ‘Bong’ Atilano Sr, has dared all his critics over the weekend, to publicly come forward and present acceptable solutions to the present power crisis, which has gone up 6 to 8-hour brownouts in the city lately.

Atilano came up with the reaction after the formal signing last Friday evening, of Power Sales Agreement (PSA) between Zamcelco and San Ramon Power, Incorporated (SRPI), which promises a 100 per cent power supply to the over 100,000 electric consumers of Zamboanga City, starting 2016.

“Puro lang sila boca, insulto y critisismo contra con migo, mi persona y con el Zamcelco pero desde primero, hinde man sila ta pwede presenta algun solusyon para ayuda resolve con el problema de brownout aqui na ciudad,”,the visibly irate Atilano said in an ambush interview.

Atilano said, while electric consumers would unfortunately have to suffer to the present 6 to 8-hour brownouts daily from today onward to April and May, the city’s power supply will slowly start getting stable by June to September, and totally stable starting November, this year.

This, after Zamcelco also signed another contract with Iligan City-based Mapalad Power Corporation for an additional 18 megawatts, to  augment the present 39-megawatt and 18-megawatt, supplied respectively, by Power Sector Assets and Liability Management (PSALM), and Therma Marine Incorporated (TMI).

Atilano said, “when this Mapalad 18-megawatt comes in, it will gradually lessen PSALM and TMI’s 30-megawatt defficiency that causes 6 to 8 hour brown-outs daily, and would translate into merely one to two-hour daily brown-outs up to September”.

The coop president likewise assured that when the Interruptible Load Program (ILP), offered by the canning sector comes in November, an additional 8 to 10 megawatts will augment and complete the needed 87-megawatt power requirement of Zamboanga, this time, ensuring zero brown-out from then on, until SRPI’s coal-fired power plant  starts operating in 2016.

However, Atilano was quick to say, that “with these diesel-fed megawatt power augmentations, minimal increases in electric bills will also be inevitable, only, not exceeding P8 per kilowatt hour”.

Meanwhile, Mayor Celso Lobregat, who was also present during the signing, appealed to SRPI, through its sister company, the Western Mindanao Power Corporation in Barangay Sangali, to possibly consider extending to Zamcelco an additional 10 megawatts, as a way of helping Zamboanga City minimize its worst brownouts in history ever.

A total of  P90.88 billion worth of contracts, consisting of 58 pages and covering the period of 25 years, were signed by ZAMCELCO and SRPI officials headed by Atilano and SRPI Executive Vice President Tirso Santillan.

Also present during the signing ceremony which was held at Garden Orchid Hotel’s roof deck, were District 2 Congressman Erbie Fabian, National Electrifications Administration (NEA) Project Supervisor Sherwin Maniada, SRPI Plant Manager Archie Donato, ZAMCELCO department managers, SRPI officials and employees, and some city councilors. — Philip Abuy