Dams in Bulacan reached spilling level, submerged several towns

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2018   •   6416

Raging waters spill over Bulacan dams as water levels rose due to non-stop rain during the weekend. 


BULACAN, Philippines – Water level in Ipo and Bustos Dams in Bulacan has reached spilling level, prompting authorities to open gates.

Over the weekend, the water level at Ipo Dam reached 101.13 meters, higher by .13 meter than its spilling level of 101 meters while the water level at Bustos Dam hit 17.52 meters, a .02-meter more than its spilling level of 17.50 meters.

The Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said Ipo Dam opened its radial gate 1 while Bustos Dam opened 1 and 2 sluice gates on Saturday.

As of Monday morning (August 13), the radial gate of Bustos Dam was fully opened and already released over 1,500 cms of water, according to the PDRRMO.

Villages in the towns of Hagonoy and Bulakan were the most affected of the release and again submerged with waters due to the overflowing of rivers.

The PDRRMO said at least 31 villages in Bulacan were inundated by the monsoon rains that prompted the provincial government to place rescue teams on alert in flooded areas particularly in Calumpit, Marilao, and Meycauayan.

Meanwhile, the release of water brought pressure to the ongoing construction of Bustos bridge.

The incident prompted the closure of the bridge to all kinds of vehicles heading from Bustos to the town of Baliuag. – Nestor Torres / Marje Pelayo

IATF places Bulacan, Apayao, Capiz under GCQ beginning October 18

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— Quarantine restrictions in the provinces of Bulacan, Apayao, and Capiz have been downgraded, Malacañang announced Sunday.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the recommendation to place the said provinces under general community quarantine (GCQ) from October 18 to October 31, ” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Bulacan and Apayao were initially placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) while Capiz was previously under GCQ with heightened restrictions.

Under GCQ, any person below 18 years old, above 65 years old, including those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women, shall be required to remain in their residences at all times, except for obtaining essential goods and services, or for work in industries and offices.

Entertainment and recreational venues, casinos, and outdoor sports are sill not permitted to operate during GCQ. Face-to-face or in-person classes for basic education shall be suspended. AAC

Residents in parts of Bulacan warned amid Ipo Dam spilling ops

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Hydrometeorology Division advises residents in some parts of Bulacan to take caution amid the continuous spilling operations at Ipo Dam.

As of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday (September 14), the water level of Ipo Dam is 100.72 meters.

The dam management continues to conduct spilling operations with one gate open and thus, PAGASA advised residents in low-lying areas and those living near the riverbanks of Angat River from Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliuag, Pulilan, Plaridel, Calumpit, and Hagonoy to be alert for possible increase in water level.

PAGASA assured that it will continue to monitor the hydrological condition of Ipo Dam along with the Dam management for updates.

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7 cops charged over killing of 6 civilians in Bulacan already dismissed from service — PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   September 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The seven police officers who were recommended to face charges of six counts of murder and arbitrary detention over the killing of six individuals in Bulacan were already dismissed from service, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said their dismissal order was issued in June this year after they were found to have fabricated drug operations that led to the killing of six persons in Bulacan in February.

“Ako mismo ang pumirma ng desisyon na tanggalin sa serbisyo ang mga pulis na ito matapos mapatunayan sa aming imbestigasyon na sila ay nagtanim ng droga at baril para palabasin na ang nangyari sa Bulacan ay isang lehitimong operasyon,” he said.

“Hindi katanggap-tanggap ito at hindi ko kukunsintihin ang mga ganitong uri ng pang-aabuso at kalokohan dahil ang mga katulad nila ang sumisira sa aming kampanya laban sa droga at sa pangalan ng inyong Philippine National Police,” he added.

In a resolution, a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigating panel recommended the filing of six counts of murder and six counts of arbitrary detention against the following:

  • Police Staff Sergeant Benjie Enconado
  • Police Staff SergeantIrwin Joy Yuson
  • Police Corporal Marlon Martus
  • Police Corporal Edmund Catubay Jr.
  • Police Corporal Harvy Albino
  • Police Corporal Herbert Hernandez
  • Patrolman Rusco Madla

The DOJ, however, dropped the cases of murder and arbitrary detention against other police personnel identified as Police Major Leo dela Rosa, Police Staff Sergeant Jayson Legaspi, Police Corporals Jay Marc Leoncio, Constante Escalante Jr., Raymond Bayan, Paul Malgapo, and Randy Camitoc, as well as Patrolman Erwin Sabido, for lack of probable cause.

But all of them were charged with grave offense for the incident in San Jose del Monte City for violations of Section 29, RA 9165 (Planting of illegal drugs) and Section 38, RA 10591 (Planting of firearms).

They were found guilty and were recommended for dismissal from the service, the PNP said.

Investigation of the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) revealed that the six victims just happened to pass by the area where the policemen were conducting anti-illegal drugs operations on February 13 when they were all arrested.

They were then brought to the police station where they were hogtied and detained but they were not booked for any offense.

The victims were then taken on February 18 to a secluded area in Barangay Gaya-Gaya in San Jose del Monte City where they were shot.

The policemen, however, made it appear that they were drug personalities who died in a legitimate encounter by planting illegal drugs and firearms.

The PNP said the IAS recommendation was reviewed by the Discipline, Law and Order Division of the Directorate for Personnel Records and Management which drafted the decision for approval of the Police Chief.

Eleazar signed the decision to dismiss all 15 policemen in June.

Then Chief of Police of San Jose del Monte City, Police Lt. Col. Gil Domingo, was punished with six months suspension for command responsibility.

“Gaya ng lagi nating sinasabi, umiiral ang sistema ng hustisya sa ating bansa at ang rekomendasyon ng Department of Justice na sampahan ng kasong murder ang pitong pulis sa pagkamatay ng anim na katao sa Bulacan, kabilang ang aming desisyon na tanggalin silang lahat sa serbisyo, ay isa na namang patunay dito,” Eleazar said.

“Hindi kailanman kinunsinti ng inyong PNP ang mga kaso ng pang-aabuso sa kapangyarihan sa aming hanay at kasama namin ang DOJ sa paghahanap ng katotohanan at pagbibigay ng hustisya sa ating mga kababayan,” he added.


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