By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY, May 6 (PIA) – The Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative-I (ZAMSURECO-1) assured that all systems are in place to ensure uninterrupted power supply on May 9, 2016.

Chief executive officer and General Manager Engr. Jose Raul A. Saniel in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA9) said the electric cooperative has started implementing measures to guarantee a reliable, stable, and secure supply of power before, during, and after the May 9 polls.

“The Commission on Elections deputized the National Electrification Administration, National Power Corporation, and local electric cooperatives to include ZAMSURECO I, for a stable power supply during the critical days of elections,” Engr. Saniel underscored.

“We take this opportunity to show a very responsible organization that is able to ensure the successful conduct of election by having a stable supply of power,” Saniel assured.

He said the distribution utility is doing preventive maintenance in all its systems as part of the efforts to guarantee that no brownouts will occur on election day.

Saniel said ZAMSURECO-1 also established Task Force: “Operation Bantay Kuryente” in relation to the conduct of the elections.

The Task Force (TF) shall perform the following duties: to ensure uninterrupted and continuous supply of power particularly in voting centers, restore power immediately in case of interruptions, check and monitor distribution of line facilities to avert possible interruption, record all power outages through a regular report, and coordinate with NGCP representative as necessary.

Saniel said he is designated as the Task Force head, and under him are the department managers. “The TF should oversee the activities of the administrative and linemen teams,” Saniel explained.

“All our technical people will be working 24/7 starting May 9 and after the election. They are not allowed to file leave of absence while their services are needed especially in these critical times,” he added.

“This is our commitment for this forthcoming elections. We are going to engage and utilize human resources, assets and logistics for us to be effective and efficient in ensuring a stable, reliable supply of power in the May 9 national and local elections,” he added.

Aside from repairing and rehabilitating its systems, ZAMSURECO-I is making the rounds of public schools that will be used as polling centers to check if there are electrical wirings, switches, convenience outlets, and protective devices that need replacement.

ZAMSURECO-I will also deploy roving crew on the day of elections. (ALT/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)



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