CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela: The National Irrigation Administration – Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MRIIS) has started releasing water from the Magat Dam for early planting and harvest seasons to cushion the effect of La Niña. Engr. Wilfredo Gloria, NIA-MRIIS operations manager, said at least 14 towns will benefit from the release of water this planting season. The irrigated areas in Isabela are the towns of San Mateo, Cabatuan, Ramon, Cordon, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Alicia, Angadanan, Aurora, Gamu, Roxas, Burgos, Santiago City and Cauayan City; and Diffun and Saguday towns in Quirino province. Magat Dam is a large rock-fill dam located on the Magat River at the boundary between the municipalities of Alfonso Lista in the province of Ifugao and Ramon in Isabela.