NIA Region III – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and the Provincial Government of Bulacan, headed by Governor Daniel R. Fernando, conducted an ocular inspection of Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam (Bustos Dam) located at Barangay Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan on June 09, 2020 after the recently reported collapse of the Rubber Gate No. 5.
Upon site inspection, a meeting was held among the officials of NIA, Provincial Government of Bulacan, and ITP Construction, Inc. – Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau Co., Ltd. Consortium (Contractor) to discuss matters arising from the incident.
Since the replacement of the rubber bladder is part of the 20-year warranty period policy from 2017 to 2037, a cofferdam is now being constructed by the Contractor, without any cost to NIA, to ensure that irrigation will be provided and the farming activities of the farmers will not be hampered. Completion of the said cofferdam is due on July 15, 2020.
To further guarantee the integrity of the rubber bladder, a material testing will be undertaken by a third party contractor either in Singapore or Australia and will be carried out by July. All six rubber bladders of Bustos Dam were agreed to be replaced as permanent solution to its damages.
Administrator Visaya emphasized that even Bustos Dam is primarily used for irrigation purposes, the safety and security of the people living in the provinces is the top priority of the Agency.
Meanwhile, NIA Region 3 Manager Engr. Josephine B. Salazar reported in the meeting that 6,500 farmers in the South Sector not covered by irrigation service delivery in the last cropping season to pave way for water allocation on households in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be receiving a total of P15 million worth of subsidies and financial assistance from Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle) during the ocular inspection Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam (Bustom Dam) located at Barangay Tibagan, Bustos, Bulacan on June 09, 2020
Ongoing installation of sheet files to be supported by sandbags at Bustos Dam to assure that irrigation requirement for the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga will be delivered
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EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
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