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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

 

RDC 3 okays construction of Balog-Balog dam in Tarlac

by Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Jan 4 (PIA) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Central Luzon recently gave the green light for the construction of the P16.09 billion Balog-Balog Multipurpose (BBM) dam in San Jose town, Tarlac.

In a statement, RDC 3 disclosed that, “the rock-fill dam, which is part of the second phase of the BBM project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), will be about 113.5 meters from the riverbed to the crest with water storage capacity of 625 million cubic meters.”

The facility is expected to render irrigation services to an additional 21,935 hectares of farmlands in the province, bringing in total irrigation service area of BBM project to 34,410 hectares.

A reservoir of around 1,800 hectares within the edifice will be utilized for tilapia production.

Once constructed and fully operated by 2016, the BBM dam is projected to produce an incremental crop yield of 116.7 thousand metric tons of rice per year with an estimated value of $34.72 million and 93.55 thousand metric tons of tilapia per year with a net production of P506 million.

Apart from irrigation and fishery, RDC 3 bared that “Balog-balog dam will also be complemented with a hydro-electric power plant with a total installed capacity of 43.5 megawatts that can supply the present power requirements of Tarlac city or four medium-sized towns with an aggregate population of about 250,000.”

RDC 3 is the highest policy-making body in Central Luzon and serves as the counterpart of the NEDA Board at the subnational level.

It is the primary institution that coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region and serves as a forum where local efforts can be related and integrated with national development activities.

Council members include all governors, city mayors, municipal mayors of capital towns, presidents of municipal mayors league, regional directors of national government agencies and representatives from the private sector. (WLB/CLJD-PIA 3)

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