Provincial Government of Bulacan

Fernando endorses environmentally sustainable technology for the rehabilitation of Bustos Dam

BUSTOS DAM INSPECTION. Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando visits Bustos Dam this morning at Brgy. Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan for further inspection and monitoring of the current situation of the dam and to enhance its capacity and secure the safety of the Bulakenyos. Also in the photo are Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Felicisima Mungcal and Nueva Ecija (BANE)-Irrigation Management Office Manager Engr. Lari Ballesteros.

CITY OF MALOLOS- Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando endorsed to the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) the potential use of green environmentally sustainable technologies that would enhance the capacity of Bustos Dam such as those used in developed countries where dams are built to last for hundred years and more.

NIA’s Design and Specifications Division expressed gratitude for the governor’s initiative and is considering new technologies to ensure that dam’s construction and repairs meet the stringent requirements of safety.

This announcement was made by the governor following his monitoring and inspection of the installation of the coffer dam using steel sheets and sand bags, the remedial measure undertaken by the contractor on the rubber gate at the Bay 5 of the Bustos Dam located in Brgy. Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan earlier today.

“Ang mahalaga kasi dito mapabuti ang sitwasyon ng Bustos Dam para hindi makaapekto sa mga tao, sa mga Bulakenyo. Binibigyan po natin ito ng pagsubaybay. Gusto kong bigyan ng positibong pananaw ang mga tao na ‘wag silang matakot, gusto ko silang bigyan ng assurance through sustained action and monitoring para sa kanilang kaligtasan sa lahat ng sandali,” the governor said.

The governor added that even only one of the six rubber gates collapsed, he is consistently coordinating with NIA and pushing for the rehabilitation of all the rubber bladders using quality materials which the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB), the NIA and the contractor have agreed to.

Two years after its rehabilitation, the rubber gate on Bay 5 of Bustos Dam collapsed on the first week of May 2020.

The PGB through a close coordination with NIA and other concerned agencies responded right away that resulted on the quick remedial measure of the collapsed rubber gate.

Actual replacement of the rubber gate no. 5 will be in November or December of this year.###