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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Flashback - Immediate Rehab of Angat Dam urged!

October 26, 2009 - Manila Bulletin, by: Marvyn N. Bexaning.

Bulacan Vice Gov. Willy Sy-Alvarado on Monday called for the immediate rehabilitation of Angat Dam following the confirmation by Phivolcs director Renato Solidum that a fracture runs across the reservoir.
This fracture is apparently part of the West Valley Fault that stretches from the Sierra Madre down to Rodriguez, Rizal and then on to Angat. The East Valley Fault, on the other hand slices through Marikina and worms through segments of Quezon City, Pasig, and Mandaluyong; and down through Muntinlupa and up to Tagaytay.
Speaking at the La Ignazia Forum in Quezon City on Monday, Sy-Alvarado said the recent discovery of a dangerous fracture beneath the reservoir is consistent with the findings of a Norwegian expert who said the damage to be wrought by a major tremor to Angat Dam is "unacceptable."
Solidum stressed that the West Valley Fault is active, meaning that it has had seismic activity in the last 10,000 years, and cautioned people to be prepared even if he says that the possibility of a major quake in the short term is not high.
Sy-Alvarado complained that the releases of water from both the Angat and Ipo Dams caused flooding in nearly half of Bulacan and he blamed the denudation of 50 percent of Ipo Dam’s watershed and 51,000 hectares of the forest cover around Angat Dam as the culprit for the destruction wrought by tropical storm Ondoy last month.
He noted that in 1987, landslides occurred in Angat and this prompted a study by a team from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for 17 months but this did not prompt the National Power Corp. (Napocor) to repair the damage.
Sy-Alvarado said Bulacan has not been earning as it should from the operations of the dam even as the Local Government Code (LGC) allows local government units (LGUs) to secure one percent of the proceeds, or P100 million annually.
Apart from this, he complained that only 17 towns in Bulacan and four in Pampanga benefit from the irrigation water from Angat. The dam actually provides water for Ipo Dam for distribution to the water districts in Obando, Meycauayan and nearby towns. Bulk of the water in Angat is distributed to La Mesa Dam in Quezon City for residents of Metro Manila.
He said he is opposed to the privatization of Angat Dam but warned government must open Laiban Dam or other dams to relieve Angat, rehabilitate it and possibly extend its life.
Sy-Alvarado noted that the delay in the construction of new dams would exert pressure on Angat and on all Bulacan residents who had not been getting additional compensation for the resource that is stored in the province.
He complained the water rights of Bulacan have not been utilized adequately and it pays more for the water that is brought from Angat for provincial residents.
The Bulacan vice governor warned that his provincemates want government to work triple time to restore the watersheds of the dams and ensure that they can store water. If not, they will be compelled to take over the facilities to satisfy their demand for water.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Makakalikasan ka nga ba?

http://virginpecopro.net/makakalikasanMakakalikasan

Makakalikasan ka nga ba? Ano bang dahilan at tinanong namin ito, siguro sa dami ng grupong nabubuo sa ngayon na patungkol sa ating kalikasasan ay nagiisip ang mga taong nakakabalita sa pagbuo ng mga grupong ito na, tunay kayang mga makakalikasan ito o gusto lang magkapera o gusto lang nakikilala sila?

Ang pagiging isang tunay na makakalikasan ay dapat kasama ang damdamin, pag-iisip, at puso, kung wala kayo nito ay hindi masasabing tunay kayong makakalikasan, at iisa-isahin natin ito:

Damdamin: Ang dapat ay may damdamin kang makatao, dahil ang tao ay bahagi ng kalikasan, mahalin mo ang kapwa mo tao at hindi dapat apihin, busabusin, at tratuhing alipin, kahit na ano ang katayuan niya sa buhay, hindi nakapag-aral o sabihin na nating mangmang, may damdamin din iyan, at katulad ng ating kalikasan, marunong din iyang gumanti kung inaakala niya na binubusabos o inaapi natin siya, kung ano ang maitutulong natin sa kanila gawin natin ito at makikita natin na balang araw tutulong din sila sa atin, at iwasan ang pangloloko o sabihin na nating panglalamang sa kapwa!

Pag-iisip: Maraming tao ang nagsasabing siya ay makakalikasan, pero nagtatapon ng basura kung saan-saan, gumagamit ng napakaraming sasakyan, kumakain ng mga pananim na ginamitan ng kemikal, at higit sa lahat gumagamit ng mga kagamitang galing sa punong-kahoy sa kagubatan, masasabi ba natin na tayo ay makakalikasan kung ang mga ito ay ating ginagawa?


Puso: Ito ang napakahirap, kung may damdamin kang makakalikasan, dapat may puso o awa ka sa mga may buhay na nilalang, maging ito man ay insekto, hayop, puno, at tao, dahil lahat iyan ay ginawa ng ating Diyos para magkatulong-tulong na mangalaga ng ating kalikasan, nagiging mapanganib lang sila dahil na din sa mga pinag-gagagawa din natin!

Mahirap maging tunay na makakalikasan, kahit kami nahihirapan, pero kung ano ang kaya naming ibigay o ituro ay ginagawa namin, huwag po sanang ituring na panunuya ito sa mga gumagawa ng mga grupong pangkalikasan, kung kayo ay nakarehistro na sa "Securities and Exchange Commission" ay piliting komontak sa amin, at pagtulung-tulungan natin na maiwasto ang tamang pangangalaga ng ating kalikasan, wala ho ditong pagpatay ng ilaw minsan isang taon na itinuturo ng ibang grupo, at wala ho ditong para-parada na tinuturo ng ibang grupo, wala ditong paglilinis ng mga kapaligiran, kailogan, at karagatan minsan isang taon, wala ho ditong pagtatanim ng mga punong kahoy minsan isang taon, kung hindi araw-araw na puro implementasyon ng mga dapat gawin para sa ating namamatay ng kalikasan, at ang mahalaga, ang pakikipag-kapwa tao!

Makikita ang aming contact tel. nos. sa website na http://virginpecopro.net, salamat ho sa pagbasa ninyo!