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No cause for alarm over Magat Dam's critical level, assures SNAP

Ramon, Isabela (1 February) -- The SN Aboitiz Power Magat, Inc. (SNAP) said that there is no cause for alarm though Magat Dam is already 17 or 18 meters below the normal level, saying Magat is only one of the many power generators in Luzon and that other power plants and generators can provide augmentation support to stabilize power and water in their grid and irrigation needs of farmers.

In the Media Day which SNAP recently sponsored, Lawyer Mike Hosillos, External Relations manager of the SN Aboitiz Power Magat, Inc.(SNAP) told media practitioners of Region 2 that the Magat water reservoir has already reached its critical level.

Hosillos however assured that interventions and initiatives are on the way to augment the water supply of the reservoir to help farmers in mitigating the effects of the El Nino phenomenon.

"We can only generate power if we have sufficient water and we will be helping to improve the condition of the Magat dam," Hosillos said.

According to Hosillos, the Magat reservoir's usual 6,000 mega watts of generated power has been reduced to 3,000 mega watts due to the lack of sufficient water and it is now being augmented by other power generators in Luzon.

But while they are working for the augmentation of water supply, Hosillos has urged the stakeholders to use water efficiently.

The SNAP official likewise underscored the important role of the media in championing the efficient use of water among their stakeholders.

Hosillos has expressed gratitude to the media saying they are their partners in the advocacies and other services.

The year 2009 has been a hard year and we started 2010 with fear of what El Nino would bring, but we are optimistic that 2010 will be a great year for all of us with your help," Hosillos concluded. (PIA 2) [top]

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