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PIA Press Release
2007/09/04

Water level up as rains fall on Magat Dam

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (September 4) -- Sufficient water will soon be felt as rains continue to fill the Magat dam, the major irrigation reservoir in Cagayan Valley.

Edwin Pasion, weather forecasting officer of the National Irrigation Administration(NIA) said the government's previous cloud seeding operations and natural rains have enabled the Magat dam to raise its water level.

The magat dam provides 500 megawatt of electricity to the Luzon grid and supplies irrigation to some 100,000 farms in Isabela, Quirino and Cagayan provinces.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture(DA) officials in the region also expressed optimism on the positive weather development.

Gumersindo Lasam, DA regional director for Cagayan Valley said they expect to see a normal water sufficiency for the region in the next months.

"Whether this rain came from cloud seeding of from natural causes does not matter anymore. Maybe we can say that this rain is the answer to the prayers of thousands of farmers, so let us join in their delight," he said in a statement.

Lasam said almost P1 billion - worth of agricultural crops throughout the region were reportedly damaged by the month-long dry spell, the biggest of which is Isabela province. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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