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NEA will takeover ZAMCELCO - Masongsong

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The National Electrification Administration (NEA) will initiate a partial and temporary takeover of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) to save the local electric cooperative from further disaster.

NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong came up with this official statement after hearing the concerns of all stakeholders who attended yesterday's Energy Forum which was spearheaded by Congressman Celso Lobregat and was also attended by Congressman Mannix Dalipe and Mayor Beng Climaco.

All sectors present were given time to share their respective positions with regards to the present problems confronting ZAMCELCO.

After hearing all sides of the issues and concerns on the ground, Masongsong immediately convened the members of the NEA technical, legal and management team who were with him during the forum, to get their opinions on how to help the ailing Zamcelco.

Masongsong assured that upon his return to Manila, he will immediately issue with a memorandum with a corresponding board approval, in order to address the operations and systems loss issues, propagate colletion efficiency, and address the alleged issue of corruption in ZAMCELCO.

"Definietly we will take over. It will be partial and temporary. We will also take over the operation and management, and we will also be tapping the assistance of electric coop organizations, including organizations of member consumers in order to address the ZAMCELCO issues," Masongsong stressed.

NEA will also be tapping the expertise of other general managers from nearby electric coops in Western Mindanao in order to assist ZAMCELCO.

"Hindi namin kailangan ng tao na manatili dito. The requirement is that we need to implement Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) project that isurgent and emegency," Masongsong said.

The official said that NEA cannot let ZAMCELCO die a natural death, and since there are companies willing to invest, they will make sure that the investment made will become favorable to the cooperative, and they will also guarantee that power supply will not be cut. (Bhong Simbajon/RMN News)




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