Former Zamcelco president proposes crisis committee PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:32

Former Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative president Miguel “Mike” Apostol of  Table Talk column  yesterday urged the ZAMCELCO Board to create a crisis committee composed of selected technical and financial officers of the cooperative to look deeper into the power shortage problem and recommend to the board measures on how to curb other distribution problems that that is exacting a heavy toll on the meager energy allocation given by power suppliers.

Apostol was reacting to a press statement from Zamcelco’s current president Bong Atilano asking critics to come up with suggested solutions.

Apostol said that Zamcelco’s technical people and financial officers are one of the best among all electric cooperatives in the country who could help catapult Zamcelco as one of the few billion-pesocooperatives in the country.

The Zamcelco board can tap their expertise to give suggestions and solutions for the board to study and adopt as a policy.

“This group of professionals should not be relegated to the sidelines with this almost uncontrollable power problem because they (technical) are in the frontline in this crisis since they are the operations group that is assigned to control power distribution and can detect technical and human system losses”. 

This proposed crisis committee can also be assigned to study the immediate implementation of the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) as offered by big loaders. Apostol said.

He said the technical group of Zamcelco can study the possibility of the technical aspects on the compatibility of Zamcelco’s distribution scheme while the generators of the big loaders are producing electric power for their own use and not directly tapping from Zamcelco.

At the same time,  the financial wizards of Zamcelco can study the feasibility and nominal cost of any reimbursement that will not cause undue harm to the financial status of Zamcelco due the big loaders when they use their generators to augment the power supply in Zamboanga City.

On the aspect of system loss that is brining big chunk of losses in the financial income of the cooperative, the proposed crisis committee can look into the physical status of line connections and insulators from the main distribution lines where technical losses register at its highest level because of old and dilapidated insulators and sub-standard electrical wires.

On the human technical losses, the proposed crisis committee can re-organize a task force to inspect illegal connections like the use of “jumpers” and “flying connections” that greatly contribute to the system loss, according to Apostol.

He added that the city government must also lend a hand by providing financial loans if a grant is impossible instead of applying for a loan with the National Electrification Administration with which Zamcelco is overburden. Part of the financial woes of Zamcelco are those NEA loans for electrical supplies and materials like electrical wires, electric posts and other necessary equipment that NEA prohibits Zamcelco to purchase on its own.

Buying a generator to augment the city’s power supply is a good idea but where and whom to apply for loan is the problem because Zamcelco is not that “fluid” and “viable”, according to the former cooperative president.

“but if it is possible, the wide space of the main Zamcelco office can readily house a genset and it is cheaper to install there since the electrical connections for the entire city are found thereat,” Apostol said.