Atilano quits Zamcelco to campaign for council seat PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 March 2013 14:12

Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Zamelco) President Elbert ‘Bong’ Atilano Sr., has formally resigned from the cooperative effective Good Friday, March 29, 2013.

“I officially announce to the public, especially the member-consumers of Zamcelco that I am neither the president, nor the coop’s director anymore,” Atilano told media in an ambush interview during the proclamation rally of local administration bets dubbed, ‘Team Pnoy’,  at a hotel in Governor Camins  yesterday.

After being elected as Zamcelco director, representing District 8, Atilano formally  assumed office on June 19, 2011, and subsequently been elected as the coop’s president almost exactly a year later.

Atilano, who is seeking for a council seat in the city’s first district on May 13 elections, said, that “based on a National Electrification Administration (NEA) resolution, all electric coop employees who have filed their certificates of candidacy for any elective national or local positions, shall be deemed resign, upon the start of the campaign period, hence my resignation last Friday (March 29), first day of campaign for local candidates”.

The academician-turned politician however, assured the member-consumers, that even with his absence, the coop’s good programs, which he and the present board have adopted, would still continue as lined up and scheduled.

These are the monthly payments of the coop’s debts to Power Sector Assets and Liability Management (PSALM) and other power-generating entities, which the present board had just inherited from its predecessor, and the contract-signing with different independent power producers (IPPs) for the purchase of additional power, to gradually eliminate the brown-out problem, that has been besetting Zamboanga City for months now.

“In my 21 months as Zamcelco director, 9 months of which as president, we were able to dramatically lessen the coop’s debts from these entities incurred during our predecessors’ time from P1.3 billion, to a little over P600 million as of today”, Atilano recounted.

With his resignation, Atilano leaves now the fate of his constituents in district 8, to other elected Zamcelco directors, who are allowed to cross boundary lines at any district, in the name of public service.

“At least, I can purely concentrate now on my campaign, together with my party mates in Team Pnoy, without having to worry of other big responsibility like the  presidency in a multi-million peso electric cooperative,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Zamcelco board is set to conduct an election on Monday, April 1, to elect from among themselves, as to who shall replace Atilano as president. —Philip Abuy