San Roque dam in Pangasinan releases water

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Friday, August 3, 2012

LINGAYEN -- As a preemptive measure due to the heavy rainfall in the upland Benguet the past two days, the National Power Corporation opened one gate of the San Roque Dam in San Manuel town late Thursday night.

San Roque Multi-Purpose Corporation vice president for community affairs Tom Valdez said that as of 2 p.m. Friday, the water level at the dam reservoir was already at 281.41 meters above sea level (masl), a little over the 280 masl spilling level.

One gate remains open at half meter with water inflow of 575 centimeters and outflow of 334 centimeters.


San Roque Dam catches the water being released by Ambuklao and Binga Dams, both in Benguet.

Meanwhile, with the effect of climate change now being felt, Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. has advised the chiefs-of-police to "prepare for the unexpected” and also not to stick too much on the "traditional" calamity preparations being made.

"We have to be pro-active," said the governor during the Coordinating Conference on Operation Preparedness of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) and Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) held Thursday morning.

Present were Pangasinan Police Provincial Office Officer-In-Charge Mariano Luis Versoza Jr., Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr., PDRRMC Officer-In-Charge Fernando de Guzman, Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan and representatives from the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and Philippine Maritime based in the province.

"We are preparing for something that usually do not happen during disaster," the governor said.

He said each police station, including the PDRRMC and the other law enforcement agencies involved in rescue operations, must have a checklist of their assets (like ropes, ladder, flashlights, ambulances of the town/city etc.) and equipment for them to know which should be procured or beefed-up.

He also instructed them to identify evacuation sites other than the already identified evacuation centers.

"Ilabas ninyo sa mas mataas na lugar ang evacuation centers. Coordinate and network with your neighbors, identify the evacuation centers nearest to the barangay even if that center is located at the nearby town," he remarked.

Espino set as an example what been observed of late in the province due to the rains brought by typhoon "Gener."

A flash flood happened at barangays Portic, Hacienda and Umanday, which are located at the foothills of the Zambales mountains. Being high grounds, these are identified as evacuation areas yet it was hit by a flashflood. (Sunnex)

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