Zamcelco elects new president PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 11:07

The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) yesterday elected a new president to take over Elbert “Bong” Atilano Sr., who resigned last Friday, March 29, to pursue his council seat bid in the city’s first district under the local administration’s Team Pnoy.

In an emergency meeting yesterday morning, District 6 Director Omar Sahi was elected as the coop’s new president and chairman of the board.

Along with Sahi’s election was that of District 2 Director Victor Liozo Jr., who is now the new board secretary, a position held by the former, during Atilano’s presidency.

“Apart from these two positions, Directors Efren Perez and Ernesto Perez, have retained their positions as vice president and treasurer, respectively, including that of Director Jun Graciano, who would continue to sit as board member,” Liozo said.

Liozo explained  that while National Electrification Administration’s (NEA) appointed director Engr. Efren Wee continues to maintain his post, “he has no voting power like other elected board members”.

Meanwhile, Liozo cleared all uncertainties, borne out of Atilano’s resignation, saying that all programs and projects left behind by the former president would still push through as scheduled.

“These include the proposed signing of contracts with independent power producers (IPPs), for the purchase of additional 20 to 30 megawatts, to augment the city’s power requirement, and to gradually eliminate the present brown-out problem, besetting us for months now,” Liozo assured.

However, Liozo said the Zamcelco board will again have to re-organize after the Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) this coming June, especially, when a new set of directors is elected.

Liozo said at present the board still lacks representations from Districts 1, 5, and 10, to include Atilano’s District 8. — Philip Abuy