House recommends using Laguna Lake as permanent source of domestic water

Maris Federez   •   August 28, 2019   •   1661

Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines located between the provinces of Laguna and Rizal. (Photoville International/Rogz Necesito Jr.)

Despite the rising water level in Angat Dam, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has expressed concern about the possibility of another water crisis next year.

The NWRB said that if Angat Dam fails to reach its normal operating level, Metro Manila might experience another shortage come dry season.

Because of this, Congressman Ruffy Biazon, during the House Committee on Metro Manila Development hearing on Wednesday (August 28), recommended the use of Laguna Lake as a permanent source of domestic water.

This aims to address the shortage of water supply in Metro Manila and its neighboring cities and provinces in case the water level in Angat Dam recedes anew.

“Kasi iilan lang yung nakikinabang doon eh. Pinagkakakitaan yung Laguna Lake hindi para sa paggamit ng ordinaryong mamayan kung hindi sa paggamit ng mga interes ng kumpanya,” Biazon said.

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) agreed that this can be done, although they admit that they do not have the funding to conduct dredging in the lake.

They also cited the expense that will be incurred in treating and eliminating the saltwater from Manila Bay that gets combined to the water in the lake.

Add to this is the fast-increasing formation of algae which affects the quality of the water.

“Ang Laguna Lake kaya niyang i-supply ang requirement for domestic water supply as source of domestic water. Ang problema lang is more on the water quality,” said Engr. Emiterio Hernandez of the LLDA.

To date, Maynilad and Manila Water get a small percentage of water supply from Laguna Lake for their customers in Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan.

Meanwhile, water levels in several dams are continuously increasing due to the rains being experienced in the country.

As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the water level in Angat Dam has reached 181.74 meters.

Ipo Dam water level, on the other hand, has gone up to 11.82 meters; while that of La Mesa Dam went up to 77.18. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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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Water supply in Angat Dam enough until the onset of next rainy season — NWRB

Marje Pelayo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) assured that there is sufficient water supply for the duration of the dry season.

This was confirmed in a text message to UNTV by NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David.

“Water supply during the duration of summer is sufficient until the onset of the next rainy season,” he assured.

As of Thursday (April 15) at 6:00 a.m., water level in Angat Dam rests at 203.17 masl.

David said the allocation for potable use in April remains at 48 cms while water allocation for irrigation remains at 25 cms.

The supply level is maintained for the month of April to support efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through handwashing and other sanitation works.

House committee chair assures term extension not included in Cha-Cha

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — House Committee on Constitutional Amendments chairperson Alfredo Garbin Jr. has assured that term extension of elected government officials will not be included in the proposed constitutional amendment.

In a statement, Garbin said the constitutional amendment would only focus on the economic provisions in hopes to help the country in recovering from the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The discussions on the amendment aim “to improve the business climate and attract fresh foreign investments as the country grapples with the impact of the ongoing pandemic.” 

“Let me be clear to those who doubt our intention in holding the committee hearings: our effort is geared precisely to help the economy recover from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic,” Garbin explained.

Ang sentro lamang ng diskusyon dito ay restrictive economic provisions. Walang term extension, walang lifting of term limit, walang political provisions (The center of the discussion is the restrictive economic provisions. There is no term extension, no lifting of term limit, no political provisions),” he added.

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco in July 2019 filed a proposal to change specific provisions of the Constitution, such as five amendments to Article XII (National Patrimony and Economy), one amendment to Article XIV (Education, Science, and Technology), and one amendment to Article XVI (General Provisions). -AAC

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