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Water board nixed petition to reduce Angat dam level during ‘Pedring’–power exec

Failure to release water blamed for massive flooding in Bulacan


MANILA, Philippines — The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has rejected a request to release some water from Angat dam in Bulacan, which could have contributed to the massive flooding in the province.

National Power Corp (Napocor) president Froilan Tampinco told the congressional oversight committee on disaster risk redecution and management Monday that as early as September 2,  they wrote the NWRB if they could lower the level of water in Angat dam from the present 208 meters to 205 meters in anticipation of Typhoon “Pedring” that hit the country last September 27.

The NWRB has the authority to approve or disapprove any request to release water from the dams.

But in an emergency, dam operators can release water even without the approval of the board when the water reaches the so-called “high reservoir level,” Tampinco said.

In the case of Angat dam, Tampinco said the high reservoir level should be 210 meters.

“We knew that there’s typhoon that was coming. We knew that the level was still below 210 but we already requested NWRB if we could be allowed to release water prior to the arrival or incidents of heavy rainfall in order to get a better storage buffer,” the Napocor chief told the committee on Monday.

But their request, Tampinco said, was denied by the NWRB.

“We actually received a response on September 12 denying our request,” he said.

“They said it was not necessary to lower the reservoir level to the present 208 meters to 205meters for the time being since there’s no typhoon or major disturbances,” Tampinco said.

Tampinco’s revelation came as a surprise to members of the committee.

“Were they not informed by Pagasa?” asked Senator Loren Legarda.

“You should have argued your case because you know your business and you’re the expert and it’s going to be your responsibility,” she added.

Senator Panfilo Lacson then inquired whether or not the NWRB was under the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

To Lacson’s surprise, NDRRNC administrator, Undersecretary Benito Ramos said,” Bago ko lang narinig yung NWRB [I only heard about NWRB now].”

“Naku, nayari na talaga tayo [Now we've really been compromised],” Lacson said.

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Tags: Angat Dam , disaster , National Water Resources Board (NWRB) , Quiel , Typhoon Pedring

  • John

    yari talaga tayo kapag ganitong mga tao ang nakaupo. disaster palagi ang mangyayari sa atin kung ang mga nakaupo ay hindi gumagamit ng utak, at hindi alam ang kanilang tungkulin.
    maraming pareho nito sa iba pang agencia ng ating gobyerno.  may nakaupo sa DA hindi naman agriculture grad; ano ang maitulong niya para sa agri sector natin. kaya ang ginagawa, kurakot na lang.
    may nakaupo sa DPWH, hindi naman engineer;
    ang nangyayari, mga taga-ibaba pa rin ang kumikilos; aksaya na sa pera para sweldo, nagungurakot pa;
    nagiging double disaster.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    paki lista naman ung members ng nwrb
    ng alam namin kung sino hahabulin

  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    This is exactly the situation I am telling you dammed filipinos!!. Prevention or technical planning is a must for this blah blah govt., and to those who react to my previous comment in other similar article where is now your balls??
    And see this NPC guy I called him remnants of nepotismly hired with no technical qualification. blaming this NWRB (never heard this ghost board!!) and yet he still talking in his below par excellence technical maneuverings.
    Calling manuel wherever you are!!!! go to the senate and help your friend with your  unsubstance reactions. To my other co commentators, please do react to my comments with your extreme brain power in full throttle!!! otherwise pupuilotin ka sa kangkungan!!!!HE he he!!! Right now they are on the stage of blaming like Joshua I and joshua II character as I mentioned!!! Oh man! I feel to vomit that my comments is in reality!!!
    This NPC guy, mr tarpintero’s request if he did it is very pre mature!!! if you have a technical mind it is unacceptable reasoning and move even if there is a ghost board that he is telling. Reason-  he can start releasing the dams one or  two days  before typhoon  reach the area. Again with technical brain as it involves calculation , it requires data gathered by Pagasa with their doppler radar readings(this pagasa people who are handling this equipment should be technically competent otherwise the data will be erroneous). and you will say later, ASA ka pa sa PAGASA!!!
    this data relates to the rainwater that will acumulate and thereby  volume of water
    can be calculated and this will be the basis of how much water is to be realease. A very simple calculation indeed but not observed. Results – massive flooding catastropy!!!!
    I will not anymore say blah blah govt but the thruth is, this govt is run by dammed
    individuals. FYI, i did not vote on anyone who is at present official of this govt.
    Good governance ha ha ha ha !!!!!

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