NWRB to reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan, Pampanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019   •   939

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)

Notorious gun-for-hire leader, driver killed in Pampanga shootout

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

PAMPANGA, Philippines — A notorious gun-for-hire and his driver were killed in a shootout with authorities early morning Monday (January 18) in Pampanga.

Harry Mandahay, leader of the Mandahay gun-for-hire group, and Jeffrey Langilao, Mandahay’s driver and member of the same criminal group, met their demise in an encounter with members of the Highway Patrol Group and Bacolor Municipal Police Station.

The incident occurred around 2:99 a.m. Monday after the suspects’ car was cornered by mobile crews of the HPG’s Special Operations Division (SOD) and Bacolor Municipal Police Station along River Control Road in Brgy. Cabetican, Bacolor, Pampanga. 

“Refusing to surrender, Mandahay and Diamada got off their vehicle and opened fire at the operatives while attempting to escape, forcing our officers to shoot back and kill both suspects in the process,” explained HPG Director Police Brigadier General Alexander Tagum.

Recovered pieces of evidence from the crime scene include the suspect’s vehicle, a brown Toyota Corolla Altis registered to a different owner and listed as a Hold Order motor vehicle, a .45 caliber pistol, two .38 caliber revolvers, ammunition and spent shells, four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, several IDs, and some mobile devices.

Tagum commended the efforts of the SOD personnel in coordination with the NCRPO, Bacolor MPS, Pampanga Intelligence Branch, and Pampanga 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company for the success of the operation.

‘Tantamount to discrimination’: Belmonte denounces Arayat LGU move to ban entry of QC residents

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Monday denounced the decision of the local government of Arayat, Pampanga to restrict the entry of the city’s residents into the municipality following reports that a resident from QC tested positive for the UK COVID-19 variant after traveling overseas.

In a statement, Belmonte called the local government’s decision ‘totally without basis’ and is ‘tantamount to discrimination’.

“We strongly denounce the Arayat local government’s decision to restrict the entry of Quezon City residents to their municipality, because this decision is totally without basis, can cause undue panic, and is tantamount to discrimination,” she said.

Belmonte pointed out that the patient did not set foot in Quezon City after arriving from Dubai on January 7 when he was tested and that he stayed in a facility as part of the 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

“The day after, it was confirmed he was COVID-19 positive. His sample was sent to the Philippine Genome Center. On the night of January 13, the city government and the city health department were informed by the DOH that he has the so-called United Kingdom variant. Since January 8, he has been staying at a facility where he remains up to this day for treatment,” she said.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier reported that the patient traveled to Dubai on December 27 and returned to the country on January 7. His female companion tested negative for the virus but is also under quarantine and strict monitoring.

The DOH added that both had no exposure to a confirmed case before leaving the country.

Belmonte likewise emphasized that a total of 143 individuals, who are considered contacts of the patient have been identified, quarantined, and are closely being monitored.

“Among them are more than 30 healthcare workers and barangay workers who assisted and cared for the patient when he was transferred from the quarantine hotel in Manila to the isolation facility in Quezon City after he was tested positive for the virus,” she said.

Belmonte then appealed to the Arayat LGU to “reconsider its earlier order and allow QC residents to enter its jurisdiction.”

The Arayat LGU has yet to respond to Belmonte’s statement.

Typhoon Rolly fills Angat Dam; enough water supply to last up to 2021

Maris Federez   •   November 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The water level in Angat Dam has gone up to 202 meters Tuesday (November 3), close to reaching its normal level of 210 meters.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said the recent typhoons have significantly added to the supply of water in the dam.

The NWRB is confident that such an increase in the water level is enough to supply the whole of Metro Manila until the next dry season in the following year.

The agency added that apart from the recent typhoon, rains brought by La Niña has contributed a lot to cause the increasing water level in Angat Dam.

Based on the projection of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), more rains are expected in the coming days and that the 212-meter target water level of Angat Dam will be met by the end of the 2020.

With the increase of Angat Dam’s water supply, the NWRB has also increased the allocation of water in Metro Manila to 46 cubic meter per second (cms) this month from the previous 44 cms.

The agency, on the other hand, decreased the water allocation in the agricultural lands of Bulacan and Pampanga to 15 cms in time for the harvest season. — (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

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