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MWSS releases water from Ipo Dam for Bulakenyo farmers
By: PPAO
Monday, 04 October 2010
CITY OF MALOLOS –Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) started to release water from Ipo Dam with a volume of 34 cubic meters per second for 10 days, following a meeting between the Provincial Government of Bulacan led by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and MWSS.

The release started September 29, at five in the afternoon after Governor Alvarado, together with Congresswoman Ana York-Bondoc of Pampanga and local farmers from Bulacan, joined forces to lobby for MWSS’ intervention in addressing scarcity of water supply among irrigations in the two said provinces.

Alvarado welcomed this development, citing that it will allay the worries of Bulakenyo farmers who have expressed productivity and profitability apprehensions due to water shortage brought about by insuffucient rainfall this rainy season.

Local farmers, meanwhile, lauded the initiative of the Governor, who bravely stood for the right of the agrifolks, to explore other alternatives that will give them relief from possible severe implications in their crops.

During that meeting with MWSS , the local officials representing their constituents from the agri sector, raised several valid arguments based on submitted reports of monitoring.

“Palagi po ninyong pinupuno ang Ipo Dam, kinukuha (tubig) mula sa Angat Dam. Meron kayong West Gate sa Ipo Dam na kapag binuksan ninyo, magkakatubig ang aming magsasaka and the worst that can happen ay bababa lang ng 30 cm yung tubig sa Ipo ,” Alvarado said further citing that this would not place the water level in a critical level.

The governor added that within a period of 10 days, 25,000 has. of farmland growing rice and vegetables may be adversely affected if there will be no water flowing to Bustos Dam that will irrigate these farms.

He said, “gagawa kami sa Bulacan ng dapat naming gawin, tubig namin yan. Maynilad Water Corporation didn’t even pay us a single centavo while under the constitution, we have one percent on the gross sales.”

Alvarado and Bondoc also stressed that they should be part of the technical working group because their provinces are the ones that suffer whenever water-related problem arises.

Aside from Ipo Dam, Pantabangan Dam will also release water twice a week to benefit farms in the town of Baliwag in Bulacan and Pampanga.

Also present in the meeting were National Water Resources Board Executive Director Vicente S. Paragas, representatives from National Irrigation Authority and OIC of MWSS Engr. Macra Cruz. ###

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