Zamcelco warns against bogus collection agents PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:15

The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) yesterday cautioned member-consumers against persons or groups pretending to be its collection agents.
Zamcelco acting general manager Sherwin C. Manada, in a press statement, reminded member-consumers that all payments of electric bills shall be tendered through authorized collection outlets which are listed below.
According to Manada, all payments received by the said collection outlets shall be issued a corresponding Zamcelcp official electric bill receipt (OEBR).
He said that payments made through unauthorized collection outlet/s other than those listed below shall not be recognized and such payment/s shall not be credited in the consumers’ ledger of Zamcelco “therefore the electric bill account/s will remain open and will become due and demandable with corresponding 5% surcharge.
Apparently, Zamcelco’s warning came after a female cashier of a private firm was arrested in an entrapment operation for accepting Zamcelco payments without authorization from the electric cooperative.
The entrapment operation was carried out in Barangay Mercedes Friday afternoon last week.
Arrested was Sharon Rose Toral y Rivamonte, 45, a resident of Socorro St., Mercedes.
According to the police, Reynaldo Obillo y Osio, Zamcelco administrative officer, had filed a complaint with the Culianan Police Station last Thursday stating that a private company named EZPAY4LIFE Inc. located along Socorro St. in Mercedes was accepting Zamcelco payments without authorization and agreement with the cooperative.
Acting on the complaint, policemen came up with the entrapment operation.
Policemen used P200 bills and registered it with the Department of Justice as marked money.
On Friday  around 3 p.m., plaincloth policemen went to Mercedes and one of them  pretended as electric consumer paying P200 electric bill at EZPAY4LIFE .
The payment was accepted by Toral who was the cashier at that time.
After the payment, other policemen rushed into the establishment and arrested Toral.
Police recovered 10 pieces official receipts of Zamcelco, a mayor’s permit plate under the name of Edgar Dela Cruz, a certificate of incorporation, one booklet of EZPAY4LIFE and tarpaulin.
Here are Zamcelco’s authorized collection outlets:
1. ZAMCELCO Main Office, MCl.l . Highway. Barangay Putik;
2. ZAMCELCO San Jose Gusu Sub-Station Collection Outlet;
3. ZAMCELCO Sta. Maria Collection Outlet fronting Sta. Maria Elementary School;
4. ZAMCELCO Ayala Sub-Office Collection Outlet;
5. ZAMCELCO Sangali Sub-office Collection Outlet;
6. ZAMCELCO Collection Outlet at 3rd Floor, Southway Mall;
7. ZAMCELCO Collection Outlet at Dr. Ituralde’s Building. Barangay Talon-Talon;
8. ZAMCELCO Collecting Banks;
8a. Security Bank. Veterans Avenue;
8b. Ai-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines. Veterans Avenue;
8c. Bank of Commerce-Veterans Branch, Veterans Avenue;
8d. Bank of Commerce. Jaldon Branch. Mayor Jaldon Street;
8e. Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). Port Area;
8f. Philippine Postal Savings Bank, beside Lantaka Hotel. Valderosa Street;
8g. Peninsula Rural Bank, Inc.. fronting Toyota Display Center. Gov. Lim Avenue;
8h. China Bank-Guiwan Branch, Guiwan Highway;
8i. One Network Bank-Main Branch, Saavedra Street;
8j. One Network Bank-Ayala Branch, Barangay Ayala;
8k. One Network Ban-Sangali Branch. Barangay Sangali.