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Alvarado calls for unity among dam operators, LGUs
By: PPAO
Monday, 09 July 2012
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COORDINATION IS WHAT WE NEED. Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado urges the National Irrigation Authority, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Manila Water and National Power Corporation-operators of Bustos, Angat and Ipo dams respectively- to have proper coordination regarding the releasing of water from dams particularly during rainy season to keep away from flooding Bulacan. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- It will take teamwork and harmonious working relation between dam operators and local government units to lessen the effects of severe flooding in low lying areas in Bulacan.

This developed as Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado urges the National Irrigation Authority, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Manila Water and National Power Corporation—operators of Bustos, Angat and Ipo dams, respectively-- to have proper coordination regarding the releasing of water from dams particularly during rainy season.

“It’s like playing basketball, we need to have teamwork, inform each agency properly particularly the people that will be affected by the release of water. Most of the time, Bulakenyos are left blindsided by the immediate release of dam waters. Kaya dapat nag-uusap tayo, dahil isa lamang sa atin ang magkamali ay nagdudulot na ng problema,” said Alvarado.

He told Engineer Hermie Medrano of Ipo Dam to coordinate with Engineer Felix Robles of NIA before releasing waters so that officials at Bustos Dam can also discharge waters before those released by Ipo Dam can reach the rubber dam.

The governor also explained that one of the problems that needed to be given attention is the fact that Ipo Dam had become the sub-reservoir of Maynilad. He said that Maynilad should have their own reservoir so that protocols in the release of water could be observed properly, noting that Ipo dam only releases water after its spilling level of 101 meters is breached.

“Dapat ang Ipo Dam ay may preemptive release bago magbaha kaya lang hindi ito maisagawa dahil sa Maynilad kaya dapat magkaroon ng sariling sub-reservoir ang Maynilad. Meanwhile, habang wala pang sub-reservoir, dapat nagkakaunawaan ang mga operator ng mga dam. As much as possible, dams must maintain high water carrying capacity especially during rainy season,” he added.

Alvarado also requested the national agencies involved to immediately install CCTVs and additional rain gauge to ensure that dam management is safely executed particularly during the onslaught of typhoons.

The governor is also pushing for the immediate passage of a national dam safety act so that operations of the dam can be properly supervised. ###

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