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    Philippine dams in dismal state

    PHILIPPINE lawmakers on Saturday called on the House Committee on Public Works and Highways to investigate the status of the Angat Dam Rehabilitation Project to expedite its implementation and ensure safety and reliability of the dam and dyke from geological and hydro-meteorological hazards.
    Through House Resolution 846, the lawmakers led by Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica of Bulacan Province sought the investigation of the status of the project otherwise known as the Angat Dam and Dyke Strengthening Project (ADDSP).
    The Resolution cited the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) approved the ADDSP on September 4, 2012 and the amount of P1.826 billion for its implementation.
    "The ADDSP was already approved by NEDA. To date, however, the Angat dam and dyke have yet to be rehabilitated," said Villarica.
    The Angat dam and dyke, which are located in Norzagaray, Bulacan, were constructed by the National Power Corporation (NPC) in the early 1960s as a multi-purpose facility for domestic water supply, irrigation, power and flood control.
    The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) previously warned that the West Valley Fault (WVF), which runs through the Central Metro Manila Area, is potentially active, and that a splay or local fault runs 200 meters east of the Angat Main Dyke and any movement of the WVF may affect the local fault.
    Villarica said after the Phivolcs announcement, the Metropolitan Water Works Sewerage System (MWSS), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), the NPC, National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Philvolcs, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the province of Bulacan entered into a Memorandum of Agreement in October 2011 to identify, prioritize and implement a program and project for the safety and integrity of the Angat Dam in the event of an earthquake that may occur in the future.
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