The Dumagat community has signed a memorandum of agreement on rehabilitation of the Angat Dam and dike, estimated at P1 billion.
Also signing the agreement were Angat Hydro Corporation (AHC), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM), and National Power Corporation (Napocor),
“Today marks the culmination of the full circle of Free and Prior Informed Consultation (FPIC) of the National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP), a process required before the start of project construction scheduled this September by the private corporation AHC,” Napocor President Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita said in a statement.
The agreement covers the relocation of 15 Dumagat families and provision for their housing. The community will also get livelihood programs from AHC, PSALM, and NPC.
Representing the Dumagat are tribal Governor Salvador Cruz and tribal Vice Governor Norma Roque.
AHC noted Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the project last June. All the preconstruction works were done last July.
The P1.08-billion Angat dam and dike rehabilitation project would address problems on safety and structural integrity of the 47-year-old reservoir.
Angat dam supplies the irrigation needs of 25,000 hectares of farm lands in Bulacan and Pampanga, and generates 246 megawatts for the Luzon grid.
The dam and dike strengthening project is being funded and spearheaded by AHC, which is co-owned by K-Water and San Miguel Corporation’s SMC Global Power through its subsidiary Power Ventures Energy Inc.