NPC ready to face class suit on Angat Dam water spill

by Myrna Velasco – December 24, 2015

from Manila Bulletin

State-run National Power Corporation (NPC), along with the other government agencies involved in the decision to release water from the Angat Dam, stands ready to face the class suit to be filed by the province of Bulacan.

In a statement to the media, NPC President Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita has indicated that it was the only prudent recourse they had to do then, otherwise, the damage inflicted will be worse and more people will be affected.

The agencies threatened with class suit on the dam spill controversy include NPC, National Water Resources Board (NWRB), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Sta. Rita stressed that they are “ready to present (their) position on the issue of the Angat dam spill” – the event of which had unintentionally flooded some areas in Bulacan.

She added “we believe we did the right thing and followed all existing procedures and protocol,” relating to the questioned water release from the dam after the onslaught of tropical storm “Nona” this month.

“The release of water is called for as a matter of necessity to arrest potential bigger risk that may endanger the whole province and Metro Manila,” the NPC chief executive said.

The spilling operations though had angered the host local government unit due to the consequent flooding incidents, thus, they are now planning to sue.

On Wednesday (December 23), NPC has advised media that it already stopped “water spilling operations” at the Angat dam, primarily due to improved weather condition.

That decision, it qualified, was still in accordance “with the agreement of (the) inter-agency committee” or the government-run entities duly mandated to be part of such process.

Two days before Christmas, the state-run firm has reported that the Angat dam’s water elevation level was already at 214.95 meters above sea level (masl). The normal high water elevation is at 212 masl.