CITY OF MALOLOS – President Benigno S. Aquino III led the groundbreaking and launching of two major water management projects in Bulacan that will not only solve water shortage but will also improve irrigation and flood control in the province.
Accompanied by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Fredelita Guiza and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Engr. Florencio Padernal, the chief executive made a short inspection and project briefing on the rehabilitation project of the Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam, popularly known as Bustom Dam, in Brgy. Tibagan, Bustos recently.
The president led the launching through the ceremonial switching of the dam’s mini-model that represents the release of water from the rubber gates that can be use by the farmers and irrigators.
“Ang rehabilitasyon ng Bustos dam ay mas makatutulong sa maraming magsasaka at ngayon po ay nagkakaroon na ng katuparan ang pangarap ng mga taga-Bulacan. Noon nga pong 2012, base sa mga pag-aaral, ang dam ay kinakailangan na tuluyang mapalitan,” Aquino said.
The president also said that the project will improve irrigation water delivery and cropping intensity of the province in support of the agricultural development program of the government.
According to NIA, the P1 billion rehabilitation project will repair the dam’s main canals, laterals, appurtenant structures and improve its operations and maintenance and support services.
The project that will be completed by July or early August 2017, will also replace the dam’s brittle and punctured six rubber gates with new ones with additional features like sprinkles to make it heat resistant.
Prior to this, the president also led the groundbreaking of the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project in the City of San Jose Del Monte that will offer the lowest bulk water charge at P8.50 per cubic meter that will benefit the 21 municipalities and three cities in Bulacan through their water districts.
Meanwhile, Alvarado expressed his gratitude to the president for giving priority to major projects in Bulacan particularly in the problems on water resources.
“Finally, Bulakenyos can taste their own water resources through the Bulacan Bulk Water while the Bustos dam rehabilitation will be a great help to our farmers as it aims to improve irrigation water delivery in support of the agricultural development in the province,” the governor said.
Alvarado, who is also the chairman of the Regional Development Council in Central Luzon, also said that the council has already submitted a feasibility study on the construction of mini reservoirs in some areas of Pampanga to prevent massive flooding during typhoon seasons.
Bustos dam, which is the longest rubber dam in Asia, supplies irrigation water to 31,485 hectares of farm lands in 20 towns in Bulacan and parts of Pampanga benefitting at least 20,562 farmers.
Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project and Bustos Dam Rehabilitation Project are the major water management projects in Bulacan that were made possible through Private-Public Partnership that aims to alleviate water shortage by improving the availability, coverage and reliability of potable water supply service.