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Cagayan Valley power firm urges media to champion efficient use of water

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Ramon, Isabela (February 1) -- Officials of the SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) which is operating the Magat water reservoir have urged media practitioners in Cagayan Valley to help them in communicating their programs and projects designed to ensure the project?s sustainability.

Engr. Melvin Eugenio, operations manager of the SNAP Magat reservoir said that while their intervention to sustain the operations of the project is on the way, there is a need for media practitioners to extend help inorder for them to carefully and properly communicate their programs, projects and activities to their stakeholders.

"We need your support to efficiently and sufficiently supply water to our stakeholders and the responsibility of everybody in protecting the environment," Eugenio told media practitioners during their sponsored media day at the power firm?s view deck here last week.

According to Eugenio, many interventions are on the way to somehow alleviate the condition of the Magat dam which was severely affected by the El Nino phenomenon.

"We are requesting media to champion water sufficiency in Cagayan Valley and must be used efficiently because you will be our long-term partner in communicating our other programs," he stressed.

Lawyer Mike Hosillos, SNAP external relations manager also said that while the Magat reservoir?s water level has been reduced to 17 or 18 meters below the normal level, a big project will be launched soon to mitigate the effects of the El Nino phenomenon in the region.

The Magat water reservoir supplies irrigation needs of farmers in Isabela, Cagayan Quirino and some parts of Ifugao and Kalinga provinces.

Hosillos also said that other power generating plants in the Luzon grid will be augmenting the power generation of the Magat reservoir to ensure the steady supply of power in the region.

"The year 2009 for us was a hard year but we are optimistic that 2010 will be a great year for all with your help," Hosillos stressed. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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