NWRB to reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan, Pampanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019   •   701

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has announced that it will reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga by November.

From the current 30 cubic meters per second, water allocation in farm irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga will be reduced to 17cms.

NWRB Executive Director Servillo David Jr. said this is part of the measure to manage the water supply in the area.

“Sa tingin po natin by November hindi na po ganoon kalaki ang pangangailangan ng tubig sa irigasyon nandoon sila sa malapit nang mag-ani (We think that by November there’s not much need for a lot of water supply in irrigation because they are nearing the harvest season),” he said.

The NWRB also hopes that the water level in Angat Dam will reach 212 meters in the last two months of this year.

This is to fill the needed water supply in Metro Manila and the irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga during the summer of next year.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Alokasyon ng tubig sa Metro Manila, muling babawasan simula Oct. 1 – NWRB

Robie de Guzman   •   September 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Babawasan ng National Water Resources Board (NWRB) ang alokasyon ng tubig sa Metro Manila simula sa Oktubre 1 dahil sa patuloy na pagbaba ng tubig sa mga dam.

Layunin nito na umabot hanggang sa susunod na taon ang kasalukuyang antas ng tubig sa mga dam para sa konsumo ng buong rehiyon ng Luzon.

Ayon sa NWRB, ibababa sa 44 cubic meters per second (cms) mula sa 46 cms ang ibibigay na alokasyon sa Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System para sa business at residential consumption.

Ibababa rin sa 25 cms mula sa 30 cms ang ilalaang tubig para sa irigasyon ng mga sakahan.

Sa monitoring ng PAGASA ngayong Martes, nasa 177.94 meters ang kasalukuyang lebel ng tubig sa Angat Dam, mas mababa ito ng tatlong metro mula sa 180 meters na minimum operating level.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng water concessionaires na Maynilad at Manila Water na sapat pa rin ang supply ng tubig at wala silang ipatutupad na water service interruption. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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NWRB reduces water allocation for Metro Manila as Angat Dam water level drops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2020

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has reduced water allocation for Metro Manila due to the continuous drop in Angat Dam’s water level.

“Continuous iyong decline ng level ng Angat Dam, and iyong mga rainfall na supposedly padating o inaasahang dumating nung July and August ay hindi na-realized based sa projection ng PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) so halos wala pa atang kalahati,” said NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr.

From the previous 48 cubic meter per second (cms), allocation will be reduced to 46 cms. David assured that this is still enough to address demand.

As of September 11 at 6:00 a.m., water level in Angat Dam was at 178.01 meters. Its minimum operating level is at 180 meters

Based on the September 11 update of PAGASA, the water level in Angat Dam went down to 178.01 meters, which is almost two meters below its minimum operating level of 180 meters. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Bird flu detected in Pampanga egg farm, Agri dept. says

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A strain of a highly-pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a poultry farm in Pampanga, the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed on Wednesday.

Citing a report from the Bureau of Animal Industry, the DA said the presence of the avian flu strain, specifically A(H5N6), was detected in a poultry layer or egg-producing farm in San Luis town.

In a statement, the department said that upon confirmation of the report, a composite team of veterinarians and animal health officers from its field office in Central Luzon and Pampanga was immediately sent to the area to apply emergency control measures and conduct disease surveillance around the infected farm to arrest the spread of A(H5N6).

“The team humanely culled a total of 38,701 head of layers and disposed off them properly, employing the protocols under the Avian Influenza Protection Program of the Philippine Government,” DA-BAI director Ronnie Domingo said in his report to Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

The agency assured that all personnel involved in the disease control measure were strictly monitored. It added that the avian disease has not been reported and detected among broilers, which is the primary source of poultry meat.

Domingo said that early reporting, detection and strong multi-agency collaboration “paved the way for the rapid and effective response in the management of the A(H5N6) incidence.”

Initial field investigation showed the presence in San Luis of migratory birds, which has been associated with bird flu outbreaks in many countries, including the Philippines.

Domingo said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified 117 important bird areas (IBA) in the country, and about 150,000 migratory birds nest and breed annually in Central Luzon.

“The DA-BAI, therefore, urges poultry raisers in Central Luzon and in traditional IBAs to protect and shield their farms from the entry of migratory birds, and more importantly immediately report any unusual poultry mortalities,” it said.

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