Magat dam reservoir remains in critical level

RAMON, Isabela — Floods almost submerged most villages in Northern Luzon but not in dry spell-stricken Isabela.

Instead, the rock-filled Magat dam in General Aguinaldo village here has has remained in critically low level even if the southwest monsoon had brought intermittent rains to the province.

This was confirmed by National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System officials as they reported to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration that the Magat Dam level has reached an average of 167-meter high level this weekend, a bit of increase from the 158-meter low level on August 15.

Engineer Wilfredo Gloria of NIA-MRIIS said the average desired normal level was at 190-meter high, just three-meter below the 193-meter maximum level of the reservoir.

For fishpen operator Leonarda Oblarte, the lack of water has been forcing them to reduce their fish at their cages.

“We had been at the receiving end of this drought. Even with the monsoon, it barely brought rains to us and we had been suffering minor fish kills,” she added. PNA/