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PIA Press Release
2010/02/05

Isabela power firm assures enough supply of electricity

Ramon, Isabela (5 February) -- With the impending and now striking effect of El Niņo in the country, the power firm based in this southern part of Isabela assured that there are enough supply of electricity even the power plant in the Magat dam will not produce power due to the critical level of water that is now seen in the reservoir.

The SN Aboitiz Power Magat, Incorporated, which now runs the hydro power plant component of the Magat Dam, said that the critical level of Magat Dam now at 172 meters level is still producing enough supply of power for northern Luzon grid.

Atty. Mike Hosillos, the external relations manager of the power firm, said that if ever the Magat River will no longer be producing power due to the impending El Niņo effect in the dam, there are still other source of power other than hydro power plants like the coal, geo-thermal and wind power plants that will supply the whole Luzon grid.

But he hopes that there will soon be rains to come to fill the dam reservoir's to normal level and not wait the most critical level.

The SN Aboitiz official said that the operation of the hydro power plant in Magat considers so much the irrigation component of the dam so that both the power and irrigation will equally benefit the people in the area.

The Magat Dam's water level has already recorded at its critical level at 172 meters and the effect has already felt by farmers in the dam's irrigation service areas.

Hosillos said that the firm is coordinating with concerned government agencies for their contributions to mitigate the impact of the abnormal weather.

He said that they are planning to help in the cloud seeding which is being conducted by the agriculture department to produce rains particularly to the upstream of the Magat dam to help the farmers lessen the impending crop losses.

Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the release of P1.7 billion intended to mitigate the impact of El Niņo.

The President also reactivated the El Niņo Task Force to identify solutions and address those areas that are now affected by the dry spell. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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