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Bulacan gov reiterates calls for immediate action to rehabilitate Angat Dam

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan, April 13 — Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has reiterated his call for a concrete plan and immediate action to rehabilitate the 43-year-old Angat dam.

Sy-Alvarado, during a meeting held recently with officials of the provincial government of Bulacan, Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System (MWSS), National Power Corporation (Napocor) and other stakeholders, made the call amid reports regarding the crack found in Angat Dam which may cause the same tragedies experienced by Japan and New Zealand in case the country is hit by a strong earthquake.

The governor said concerned agencies should not only prioritize the people of Manila but also the residents of Bulacan and Pampanga whose lives and properties will be directly affected if a strong earthquake strikes the dam.

He said having a sustainable plan will also help solve the deforestation near the dam that causes siltation as well as the removal of mud.

He also said the Ipo and Angat dams were heavily silted due to the massive cutting of trees within the areas.

MWSS administrator Gerry Baldo, for his part, said they are presently conducting a study with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) headed by Rene Solidum regarding the technical aspect and immediate actions to be executed in case an earthquake hits the dam.

Meanwhile, Rustico de Belen, head of Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office and Bro. Martin Francisco of Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc. have recently visited the bald forest areas near the dam to be able to come up with rehabilitation plans. (PNA)

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