Provincial Government of Bulacan

Proper dam protocols can help mitigate flood problems in Bulacan – Gov. Alvarado

CITY OF MALOLOS – Claiming that proper dam protocols can help mitigate the perennial flood problems in the province, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado on Friday urged the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to make its two concessionaires – the Manila Water Company Inc. and the Maynilad Water Services Inc. — to jointly use the La Mesa Dam as their main reservoir to enable Ipo Dam release water during rainy season.

The governor said that Maynilad is directly using Ipo dam as their sub reservoir thus keeping its water level at 100 meters or just one meter away from its spilling level of 101 meters.

“This is why Ipo dam cannot make pre-emptive releases before a typhoon hits and are forced to discharged excess water into the already swollen Bustos dam which in turns are obliged to release heavy volume of waters that causes flooding in the low lying coastal towns of Hagonoy and Calumpit,” Alvarado said.

The governor, who is also the chairman of the Regional Development Council in Central Luzon, said that while long term solutions are underway like the rehabilitation of the brittle rubber gates of Bustos dam and the dredging of the Labangan flood control channel in Calumpit, the floods will keep on coming to coastal towns of Bulacan and other nearby areas if the excessive releases of water from the said dams continues.

Alvarado also said that the Provincial Government of Bulacan and the Department of Public Works and Highways are currently conducting its dredging operations at the mouth of Manila Bay in Bgy. Tibaguin, Hagonoy.

The governor also suggests the creation of more mini dams in Nueva Ecija and Candaba swamp to prevent flash floods in coastal areas and make it a source of potable surface water and irrigation.

“The long term solutions to address the flood problems in Bulacan and other parts of Central Luzon are underway but this will take some time and the rainy season is just around the corner. There will be floods but it can be lessened if dam protocols are properly observed and the discharge of dam waters is properly coordinated with the Provincial Government thru the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office,” Alvarado said.

He also suggests to presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte to place the right people who have the knowledge on the effective water management, to handle the administration of the dams.

“I know that the new leadership will help the people of Bulacan in addressing the perennial flooding in the province,” the governor ended.