“Daig ng maagap ang masipag.” This old Filipino proverb has been practiced by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) as the newly Revised Magat Dam Protocol on Dam Discharge and Flood Warning Operation became successful for the Agency’s Oplan Karding. No flooding incident was recorded in the Province of Isabela, including the Municipality of Aurora.
In the Press Conference for Oplan Karding conducted earlier, NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda, joined by Senior Deputy Administrator Atty. Eryl Royce R. Nagtalon and Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, highlighted the intensive monitoring of the major dams under the control of the Agency, namely, Magat Dam in Isabela and Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija. With the Revised Magat Dam Protocol, NIA Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA MARIIS) already opened a gate in Magat Dam two (2) days before the landfall of Super Typhoon Karding.
Furthermore, Bustos Dam was reported to reach 17.00 meters and was still increasing due to heavy rains at the upstream areas. NIA Region III deflated two of its rubber gates to regulate the releases from Ipo Dam. Administrator Antiporda emphasized that all nearby barangays in the municipalities of San Rafael and Bustos were given early warning as early as 8:00 PM yesterday, September 25, 2022, reported no flooding incident. Meanwhile, the heavy downpour brought about by Super Typhoon Karding triggered flooding in parts of Dona Remedios Trinidad (DRT) and San Miguel in Bulacan as Bulo Dam, considered as an open dam, can only contain up to 76 meters of water. The Agency ensured that residents and all stakeholders were properly and immediately informed with the scheduled dam water release.
Due to the structural integrity of NIA dams, Super Typhoon Karding incurred no damages to the Agency’s infrastructure projects based on the initial report from Field Offices. With NIA’s intensive monitoring and close coordination with local government units (LGUs) and other government agencies since two days ago, the Top Management is requesting for the inclusion of the Agency in the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s (NDRRMC) Situation Briefing with the President during calamities.
At present, NIA is continuously conducting field investigation and site visits to gather data about the infrastructure and crop damages incurred by the Super Typhoon and to closely monitor the status of the Agency’s irrigation projects. Indeed, in these challenging times of calamities and other natural disasters, daig ng maagap ang masipag.
NIA Administrator Benny D. Antiporda during the NIA’s Press Conference on Oplan Karding
From left to right: NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Atty. Eryl Royce R. Nagtalon, Administrator Benny D. Antiporda, and Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du holding press conference in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Karding
NIA’s Press Conference on Oplan Karding attended by major national media organizations
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