PILAR, Bohol ?* Mayor Necitas T. Cubrado bared yesterday that Malinao dam that irrigates rice farms in her turf is drying up. Some concerned people wanted to know where?s the plan to effect the upgrading of the dam despite assurance from National Irrigation Administration (NIA). Recently, NIA administrator Padernal said that the dam?s upgrading in raising its height to accommodate more water will commence as soon as the detailed design will be completed. But he did not mention any specific date for the project to start.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration(PAG-ASA) was reported as saying that despite the weak El Niño it could spell the difference when the phenomenon would last a month after next.In Central Mindanao, the dry spell has already been wrecking havoc to farmlands. In Cotabato, some areas have been put under the state of calamity, report said. PAG-ASA bared that Bohol is not spared from the dry spell.
Other provinces with lower rainfall are Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Batanes, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales in Luzon; Palawan, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol in
the Visayas. And Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Basilan, Lanao del Sur and
Sulu in Mindanao.
The planned cloud seeding, which Sec. Kiko Pangilinan promised to support during his recent visit here, would not be carried out until July, officer-in-charge provincial agriculturist Larry Pamugas said. Mayor Cubrado said that she is calling the government concerned to adopt immediate measures to prevent the dam from dehydration. This she did in response to growing calls by her farmer-constituents, the mayor said. (rvo)