Napocor launches safety info campaigns for communities near Luzon dams

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AS weather disturbances bring heavy rains to watershed areas of the country, the National Power Corp. (Napocor) has enbarked on information dissemination campaigns for communities situated near dams.

The series of information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns are being held for residents living near Angat, Ambuklao, Binga, San Roque and Caliraya dams to learn its ancillary structure and instrumentations; dam ownership, operations and management; and Napocor’s dam safety program.

Recently, Rogel Teves, vice president of the power engineering services of Napocor, explained to Bulacan reporters that there are 17 fixed warning stations downstream of Angat Dam that runs through the Angat River system, four rain gauge stations and four patrol cars to disseminate flood warnings on communities lying near the Angat River system.

Reliability tests were also conducted on the spillways of Angat Dam.

The Napocor said in a statement “The campaigns are also giving emphasis on the Flood Forecasting and Warning System for Dam Operations (FFWSDO), a program of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) which was created to provide real-time, telemetered information for the safe and optimum operation of the dams. The system is also used to forewarn people of the water release from spillways during typhoons or heavy rains.”

FFWSDO includes discussion on the location and purposes of warning stations, rain gauges and other instrumentations; notification process during water discharge; flood propagation time; and the distinct roles of Napocor and PAGASA, Napocor’s Dams Management Department said.

It added that “Napocor’s role in FFWSDO is the proper management of the reservoir to optimize water utilization and timing of water release while PAGASA does the forecast of how much water will add to the water level of the rivers downstream.”

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