Pantabangan dam, 6 other Ecija dams safe, stable

CABANATUAN CITY – Seven dams, including the Pantabangan Dam operated and maintained by the National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems in this city, were all declared safe and stable after an initial post-earthquake assessment conducted by the agency in the aftermath of a 6.1 magnitude temblor that hit Luzon last Monday.

UPRIIS acting department manager engineer Rosalinda Bote assured the stability of all seven dams situated in the province and in the nearby Nueva Vizcaya.

Bote said they are certain that the dams are safe and stable after an initial inspection was immediately made by her men on the ground amid reports from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology that a magnitude 3 earthquake had also been felt in certain areas in Nueva Ecija.

Aside from Pantabangan Dam, she identified the other dams as the Masiway Dam in Pantabangan; Rizal Dam in Rizal town; Atate and Aulo Dams in Palayan City; Peñaranda Dam; and the Canili-Diayo Dam in Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya.

“These were marked safe for continuous operation although assessments are still being carried out further by the respective division offices manning the said dams,” said Bote.

Division 3 manager engineer Jose Ariel Domingo said initial post-assessment inspections, particularly in Atate and Aulo Dams, were standard-operating procedures done by the UPRIIS to check on the dams’ safety and stability after an earthquake.