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ZAMCELCO Z3R projects set to begin

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The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) will begin implementation of the projects which it will helm in support of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) plan this week.

“We will be implementing the projects na Z3R. And akelyos maga affected barangays, including na Valle Vista, that will be included in the projects, and it will start this week,” disclosed ZAMCELCO Information Services Division OIC Ferdie Rodriguez during the press briefing Monday morning, April 3.

Per Z3R plan, ZAMCELCO is tasked with electrification – specifically, to ensure that the around 6,500 permanent homes to be constructed for the City’s internally displaced persons (IDPs) are connected and have access to electricity and power.

The local government provides IDP families who have been awarded with housing units with cash assistance of Php 10,000 for the application process for power and water connections.

To date, ZAMCELCO’s electrification project for permanent housing areas have been repeatedly delayed. According to ZAMCELCO, this is due to delays in the procurement process, including two failed biddings for the labor component.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez reported that ZAMCELCO is not closing its doors on the Investment Management Contract (IMC) scheme following its bidding failure last month.

“They [bidders] are still interested, no hay sila man close el door. They are still interested to participate as soon as man attend di ila concerns,” Rodriguez said.

The bidding for the IMC failed when the two distribution companies that bought bidding documents did not submit their bids due to their concerns over contract controls and uncertainties over commercial risks.

Rodriguez said the cooperative has written to the two prospective bidders requesting a written list of their concerns, which will then be taken to the ZAMCELCO management and its consultants for discussion.

Mayor Beng Climaco earlier called on ZAMCELCO to explain to the public the reason for the IMC bid failure, and plot out its next course of action in light of this development to prevent residents from speculating.

“Our appeal to the Board of Zamcelco is to please come out in the open and explain what happened. We want to know what is happening,” Climaco said.

The IMC scheme was proposed and strongly recommended during the last ZAMCELCO Assembly as the possible solution to rehabilitate the coop and effectively address the management of its system’s losses.  (Jasmine Mohammadsali)




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