Outgoing Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado has called on the management of Angat Dam to properly handle the water in the reservoir to address the concerns of Bulakenyos, particularly the farmers and indigenous people.
During a press conference held at the VIP Lounge of the provincial government in this city on Wednesday afternoon, Alvarado lamented that farmers are deprived of irrigation water during the summer season but are supplied with excessive water due to dam releases during the rainy season.
“Our peasants are the first (to be) affected by the downsizing of the allocation of water from Angat Dam because they are the first (to be) cut off (from) irrigation water supply,” the governor said.
Angat Dam supplies irrigation water to 20,000 hectares of farmland in Bulacan. Some 2,000 hectares of Pampanga’s farmlands in Candaba and the borderlands of San Luis and Santa Ana also get their water supply from the dam.
Alvarado also pointed out the irony of Bulacan being the host of the dam as even the Dumagats who live within the dam’s premises do not get water and electricity from the reservoir and depend only on rain for drinking water and solar power.
“We will call the attention of those who are in charge of it. We will bring the issue again to them. They are the real owners, the indigenous (people) of our mountains. They must be part of that and should not be neglected. They should have electricity if people in urban areas have electricity. They are also the first ones to have clean water,” the governor said.
He also enumerated plans that could resolve the water crisis, such as the possible construction of a sub-reservoir under Ipo Dam and the holding of water in Umiray, Quezon.
Alvarado is optimistic that the problem on the critical water level of Angat Dam will be solved with the onset of the rainy season.
“I am praying that rains would refill the water of the reservoir but, hopefully would not cause damage to the province,” he said. (PNA)
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