Farmer-leaders blame Napocor, San Roque dam, for 2009 flooding

October 31, 2010 at 7:34 pm 1 comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ROSALES- The president of the Federation of Irrigators Association of Region I and Abono Party list president , both working for the welfare and interest of farmers, claimed that the National Power Corporation (Napocor) and San Roque Power Plant Corporation (SRPPC) were behind the massive flood in Pangasinan on October 8-9, 2009.

They based their claims on their observations of the recent super typhoon “Juan” which visited northern Luzon on October 17-20, 2010 which did not cause much damages in the province and nearby provinces except Isabela.

Irrigators President Oftociano “Anong” Manalo said that the volume of water poured by typhoon “Juan” was more tremendous than that of typhoon “Pepeng” in 2009.

“Hindi nabaha ang Rosales at Villasis ngayon. Hindi bumigay ang mga dike kasi hindi nagpakawala ng tubig ang San Roque Dam. (Rosales and Villasis have not been flooded this time. Dikes did not give ways because San Roque Dam did not release water),” Manalo said.

He said that last year’s flood was due to the indiscriminate release of water from the dam which made heavy damage to properties and crops.

“Mali ang un-regulated na pag-release nila sa tubig ng dam noong 2009. Iyan ang tanggapin nila. Kung sa ngayon nga ay mas malakas pa ang bagyo, bakit nakaya nilang imonitor ang pagtaas ng tubig at hinintay ang critical level. Mabuti na lang hindi umabot ng 280 meter above sea level. (They made a mistake in the unregulated release of water in 2009. They have to admit that. The typhoon now was stronger, and they were able to monitor the water level of the dam and waited for the critical level to be reached. Good that it did not reach 280 MASL),” he said.

On the other hand, Abono Partylist President Ponciano V. Onia, Jr said that the flood of 2009 could have been averted if Napocor and SRPPC observed the proper protocol in releasing water.

According to the protocol, the San Roque Dam’s critical level is 280 meters above sea level which means that upon reaching that level, water has to be released.

He further said that the volume of water released to the Agno River was so high at about 6, 000 cubic meters per second, a volume which more than doubled the holding capacity of the river.

“Kaya nasira ang dike sa Tomana at Carmen sa Rosales at saka sa Lipay East at Puelay sa Villasis dahil hindi na makaya ang agos at lakas ng tubig sa ilog. (That’s why the dikes in Tumana and Carmen East in Rosales and in Lipay East and Puelay in Villasis because they could no longer contain the raging waters of the river), Onia said.

Onia further explained that the non-release of water by the San Roque Dam proved that the water level has regularly been monitored by Napocor and SRPPC.

He said that unlike last year, they waited for the critical level to be breached before releasing water to the Agno River at an unregulated level.

The San Roque Dam is managed by the San Roque Power Plant Corporation located between Itogon, Benguet and San Manuel, Pangasinan. It is regarded as the third largest dam in Asia.

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  • 1. profmelecio  |  October 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    malinaw na malinaw kung sino talaga ang may kagagawaan niyan. Pebrerero pa lang ng 2010, may report na sa kamay ng mga agensiyang involved, pati na rin ang provincial government ng pangasinan( bsashin ang Maso ni sir Brando). ang tanong anong action ng gobiyerno? kung wala, ano ang gagawin ng mga farmers na pinamumunuan ni mang Anong? sana makipagugnayan sila sa mga katulad ni mr.So ng abono para magkatulungan sila.


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