Atilano vows zero brownouts in April PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:52

The recently-concluded power summit was not a ‘purely-talk forum’ after all.

This, after Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamcelco) President Elbert “Bong” Atilano Sr., confidently declared yesterday, a “zero-brownout Zamboanga City”, starting middle of April, onward to May and June, respectively.

Atilano convened the Zamcelco board in an emergency meeting yesterday morning, to discuss and materialize Energy Secretary Carlos Petilla’s “three options” to rid the city of brownouts, which have been pestering Zamboanguenos for more than two months now.

“Pending Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) approval, we are contracting Iligan City-based HOLCIM Corporation’s 5-megawatt unused supply, and another 5-megawatt from Sarangani Power Corporation, sister company of San Ramon Power Incorporated (SRPI),” Atilano said.

On top of this, Atilano also revealed about Zamcelco’s strong preference, for an additional purchase of 20-megawatt diesel-fed power supply from independent power producers, which is also one of the strongest recommendations of Secretary Petilla.

According to Atilano, these augmentations will surely mitigate the city’s needed power requirements, which has reached its worst mark, following PSALM and TMI’s 25-megawatt deficiency.

Atilano said, that if ERC gives its approval early, “all these contracts can be perfected within a short period of time, and Zamboanga City residents will start having a 24-hour electricity service starting April 15”.

However, the Zamcelco president cautioned consumers not to be surprised with the amount they see in their monthly electric bills starting then on, as this time, power rate would surely go up to P8 per kilowatt hour.

“I”m appealing to the consumers to bear with this increase, as it is just temporary, because diesel electricity is very expensive,” Atilano explained.

Meanwhile, Atilano is inviting all concerned electric consumers, to attend a public  consultation at, which will be held at Zamcelco’s multi-purpose hall, in Putik.

“In this consultation, we in Zamcelco can clearly explain to the member-consumers about the enumerated possible solutions to the present black-out mess, including the proposed increase in the power rate, so please attend, ventilate your views, and be informed”, Atilano said. — Philip Abuy