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         In early 1980’s, when some part of Zamboanga Peninsula was in total gloom and darkness, an urge of giving light and serving the people through rural electrification brought Zamboanga Del Sur II Electric Cooperative (ZAMSURECO II) came into existence. Prior to the incorporation of ZAMSURECO II, there were only two (2) barangays enjoying electricity in the area. These are Goodyear of Kabasalan where the Philippine Rubber Processing Company (PRPC) operates and Sta. Clara of Naga where the former Sta. Clara Plywood Company was in control in the vast virgin forest.


         Prior to the incorporation of ZAMSURECO II, there were only two (2) barangays enjoying electricity in the area. These are Goodyear of Kabasalan where the Philippine Rubber Processing Company (PRPC) operates and Sta. Clara of Naga where the former Sta. Clara Plywood Company was in control in the vast virgin forest.

      On May 08, 1980, the ZAMSURECO II was organized and incorporated under the provisions of the National Electrification Administration Act (R.A No. 6038) amended by the Presidential Decree (P.D) No. 269.

The main headquarters is located at barangay Pangi of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. The town, which is the capital of the new province is a crossroad towards about 138 kms. west for Zamboanga City, 142 kms. east for Pagadian City, and 178 kms. north for Dipolog City.

Stretching northward from Zamboanga City in the southwest and running along the northern boundary of Zamboanga del Norte is a mountainous area except Titay valley. In the northeast spreading to Sibuguey Valley is flat and slightly rolling. The coastal plains are narrow strips extending regularly from the southwest, and then spreading into wide flat lands when reaching the coastal plains of Sibuguey Bay area.

          Zamboanga Sibugay has an approximate total land area of 32,830 hectares that constitute 43.09% of the mother province of Zamboanga del Sur, about 20.18% of Region IX and 1.076% of the country’s 30 million hectares.
          In the 2000 census, the 16 municipalities of Zamboanga Sibugay have a total population of 497, 239 with an annual growth rate of 2.09. Ipil is the highly populated municipality followed by Titay and Buug with a combined population of 125, 231; while the lowest populated towns are Talusan, Imelda and Olutanga with a combined count of 62,552. The males outnumbered the females in a ratio of 106:100. Its population density decreased from 154.79 persons per km in 1995 to 154.65.

As reported in the 2000 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES), 59.9% of the families in the province source their income from entreprenueral activities, mainly on crop farming, fishing and forestry; 29.8% from salaries and wages, and 9% from other sources.

          The province’s total labor force reached 171,015 persons out of the total 275,387 age 15 years old and beyond. Labor force participation rate was registered at 97.1%.

          Agricultural land devoted to major crops constitutes about 59.5% of the total land area of the province. The major crops grown are palay, corn, coconut and rubber. One of the leading income producers in the area is rubber sold in semi-processed form to final processors in Manila.

          Considered the staple food of the populace, rice and corn are abundant in the locality. About 60% of the total population is rice-consuming people, while 35% are corn-consuming.

          Every household in the rural areas engaged in livestock production as their secondary source of income. As of 2003, hog had the biggest population with 148,294 followed by chicken/poultry with 48,060 heads. This is attributed to the ongoing dispersal program of the government. Duck is lowest in number.

          Draft animals, such as carabaos and cattles have increased both in the lowland and upland areas.
          There are 13 coastal municipalities in the province to include the island municipalities of Mabuhay, Talusan and Olutanga where seaweeds or “Agar-agar” are immensely produced.


          Just over a year since the registration, on November 14, 1981, when ZAMSURECO II was commissioned and energized by the National Power Corporation (NPC), development in all aspect significantly started. The advent of electricity in the area did not only provide illumination at nights but likewise advanced the socio-economic development of the countryside with the inception of industrialization, improved commerce and adaption of the present technologies making this part of the country equally competitive worldwide.

          House connection soared vis-à-vis barangay energizations. ZAMSURECO II eventually achieved its total electrification of the backbone lines in November 27, 1995 with the energization of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte.

          ZAMSURECO II has been a Category A Electric Cooperative since 1985. Almost ten years after, in 1995, it became a Category A+ Large Electric Cooperative, until it was elevated to the Hall of Fame in 2002 for consistently being acclaimed an Outstanding Large Electric Cooperative in the Country.

          Presently, the cooperative’s workforce is a total of 247 at a ratio of 1:226 consumers per employee based on the NEA standard of 1:350.


          In 2011, operating at an Average System Rate of P6.41, ZAMSURECO II is privileged with a collection efficiency of 96%. This placed ZAMSURECO II’s Operating Revenue at P525,934,950 but with an annual power cost of P433,359,185. It stays current in its power bill payments to the National Power Corporation – Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (NPC-PSALM) and the Therma Marine, Inc. (TMI) and likewise its amortization payments to the National Electrification Administration (NEA).


          For power reliability, 5 substations are being maintained. These are the following: 5MVA M-1 substation located at T. Danda in Kabasalan, 10MVA M-2 substation at Pangi in Ipil, 5MVA M-4 substation at Sta. Barbara in Imelda, a 3.5MVA M-5 substation at Magsaysay in RT Lim; all of Zamboanga Sibugay; and another 5MVA M-3 substation in Doña Cecilia of Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.
          Energized distribution lines as of December 31, 2011 is a total of 2,376.32 kms., where 215 km is Three Phase, 385 km. is V-Phase, 897.37 km. is Single Phase, 592.88 km. is Underbuilt, and 284.29 km is Open Secondary.


          Part of the long-term plans of the Cooperative is an industrial tree plantation project to address the increasing demand for electrical poles in its electrification projects, and for the future replacement and maintenance of its damaged and worn-out poles. In a strategic move to achieve this objective, the Cooperative entered into an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to establish, develop and manage industrial tree plantation in an estimated 528.92 hectares of natural forests located in Barangay Kilalaban, Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte. An Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) supported with a Comprehensive Management and Development Plan was signed and approved by the DENR and the Cooperative in December 2000.


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