NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David said the reduced allocation will not affect the said provinces because they are already close to harvest season.
“Sa tingin natin hindi makaka-apekto ito sa mga palayan diyan kasi nga po halos patapos na ang pagtatanim diyan at malapit na po mag-ani ang mga kababayan natin sa Bulacan at Pampanga kaya sa tingin natin hindi na ganun kalaki ang pangangailangan nila sa tubig sa panahon na ito, (We think this will not affect the crops in Bulacan and Pampanga because planting season is over and harvest season is near. We think their need for irrigation water supply will not be as much)” he said.
Meanwhile, the NWRB continues to monitor the water level in Angat Dam and will also continue to conduct cloud seeding to aid in the water supply.
“Masusi nating binabantayan ang kasalukuyang level at iyong mga development sa panahon kasi alam naman po natin na iyong pag-recover ng dam partikular ang Angat umaasa tayo sa mga pagulan, (We are carefully monitoring the water level and the development in the weather because the recovery of a dam, particularly in Angat [Dam] relies on rain)” according to David.
Water level in Angat Dam is currently in 177.5 meters from the 212 meters normal high water level.
The NWRB estimates that the water level will only reach as low as 173 meters before May ends.—(with reports from Mon Jocson)
MANILA, Philippines — Water level in Angat Dam further increased following days of rainfall from the onset of tropical cyclones.
As of 6:00 a.m. Thursday (October 29), Angat Dam’s water level is at 200.15 meters, a 0.5 meter increase from 199.65 meters yesterday.
According to state weather bureau PAGASA’s record, Angat’s water level has improved by about 20 meters this month of October brought about by a series thunderstorms and tropical cyclones that entered the country.
To date, Angat Dam needs only about 10 meters of rain to reach its maximum capacity.
Angat Dam is the main water source for domestic requirement in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Meanwhile, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said water allocation to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will be increased from 44cms to 46cms but allocation for irrigation will be reduced from 30cms to 15cms.
Based on PAGASA’s projection, Angat’s water level may reach up to 212 meters by the end of December.
“Yes. For November ibinalik muna sa 46 cms ang MWSS and reduced ang NIA (National Irrigation Administration) from 30 to 15 cms at harvesting na sila,” said NWRB director Sevillo David Jr.
“Based on rainfall projections of PAGASA and prevailing La Niña period, aabutin ang normal high water level na 212 meters by end of December. We are closely monitoring developments,” he added. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines — Five suspected illegal loggers have been arrested in the forested area of Doña Remedios Trinidad in the province of Bulacan during anti-illegal logging operations.
The area is part of the Angat Watershed Reservation under the Proclamation No. 505.
The operation was spearheaded by the combined operatives of the DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) based in Baliwag, Bulacan together with personnel from the National Power Corporation (NPC)- Angat Watershed Team (AWAT) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) of Dona Remedios Trinidad (DRT) in Bulacan,
Authorities also seized more than 1,600 board feet of chainsawn dipterocarp lumber worth over P170,000 including three chainsaws and five motorcycles.
The forest contrabands are now under the custody of CENRO Baliwag.
The DENR has already filed criminal charges against the suspects for violating the Forestry Code of the Philippines (P.D. 705) and the Republic Act No. 9175 or the Chainsaw Act of 2002.
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