NWRB to reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan, Pampanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019   •   560

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)

2 Chinese nationals nabbed for operating underground clinic in Pampanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 29, 2020

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Central Luzon Regional Office has arrested two Chinese nationals for operating an underground clinic and pharmacy in Angeles, Pampanga.

Authorities raided an underground medical clinic and pharmacy on Volga Street in Barangay Anunas on Thursday (May 28).

The arrested Chinese nationals were identified as 66-year-old Chen Zheng Zhong and 33-year-old son Chen Hai Fang. Chen Zheng Zhong is the doctor treating Chinese patients while his son sells illegal Chinese medicines.

According to the NBI, the suspects used a two-storey apartment as their underground clinic and pharmacy.

“Hindi mo talaga iisipin na mayroong clinic doon sa loob kasi isang apartment lang, (You wouldn’t think that there is a clinic inside because it’s only an apartment),” according to NBI Regional Office 3 Operations Officer Atty. Marvin de Jemil.

“Wala silang permit from the FDA [Food and Drug Administration], and then naghahanap din kami ng business permit, wala din silang permit. Wala rin silang license to operate (They don’ have a permit from the FDA, nor a business permit. They also don’t have a license to operate),” Jemil added.

Upon inspection of the NBI and the FDA, they found six hospital-like beds, two beds on the first floor and four more beds on the second floor of the building.

The two suspects are now detained at the NBI regional Office at City of San Fernando, Pampanga and are facing several charges including the violation of the Medical Act of 1959. AAC (with reports from Leslie Huidem)

Typhoon Ambo adds 3 meters to Angat Dam’s reserve

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Luzon.

According to the latest reading by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system has added 3.09 meters of water to Angat Dam’s reserve from 187.53 meters on May 15 to 190.62 meters on 6:00 am, Sunday (May 17).

Angat’s water level is now 10 meters over its normal operating level of 180 meters.

Last week, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased domestic allocation to Metro Manila from Angat Dam to 48 cubic meters per second from 46 cubic meters per second to maintain enough supply on the duration of the government-imposed community quarantine in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

NWRB increases water allocation for Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will increase the allocation of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) from 46 cubic meters per second (CMS) to 48 CMS starting Thursday (May 14) until the end of May.

The additional 2 CMS raw water allocation from Angat Dam is a special requirement to sustain the steady supply of water during the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) pandemic.

Likewise, the NWRB said it is to address the high demand of consumers in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces of Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite amid the relatively high heat index this month of May.

“NWRB reiterates to our people to continue their practice of responsible use and conservation of water to further secure our needs in the succeeding months and for the Angat Dam to recover to a more comfortable level by the end of the year,” appealed NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

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