NIA to Review Protocols on Magat Dam Water Release

The National Irrigation Administration will review its protocols for the release of water in Magat Dam and improve its watershed following the flooding in Cagayan and Isabela. 

NIA Engineer Eduardo Ramos admitted that Magat Dam contributed to the flooding in the provinces along with other tributaries of the Cagayan River in the wake of Typhoon Ulysses.

Asked if they can release water five days ahead of a typhoon, Ramos said they cannot.He clarified, “It is two to three days in the protocol. This should be reviewed to jive with the present condition.”

The NIA, which is being blamed for the flooding, said residents living near Cagayan River and concerned government officials, as well as agencies, were informed about the discharge of water on November 9, days before Typhoon Ulysses made landfall.

According to Ramos, Magat Dam opened seven gates on November 12, when Typhoon Ulysses passed through Luzon with heavy rainfall.

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