Two groups slam inaction over Angat Dam rehab

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BALAGTAS, BULACAN: The Panginay Brothers and Sisters Association (PBSA) and Plateau Brotherhood has connived and warned that their groups would stage a rally in front of Bulacan’s capitol in Malolos City to show their disgust due to the very slow action over the Angat Dam’s rehabilitation.

BSA founding Chairman Peping Lauriaga said the groups are prepared to do huger strike in front of the capitol just to prove their desperation.

“It is very clear that the local government is treating this emergency concern like a walk in the park. Come on, it is already the “Ber” months and continuous rains and strong typhoons would definitely hinder the rehabilitation of Angat Dam. Para namang hindi rin sila apektado, gayung pare-pareho naman tayong Bulakenyo [As if they are not affected. We are all Bulacan natives],” Lauriaga told The Manila Times.

Meanwhile, Plateau Brotherhood President Enot Pabalate said that thousands of their members will attend the protest and that they would set up band performances once the date has been cemented.


“As of now, we are looking at September 1 for the rally. We urge all our members to join and also other groups who are concern for the welfare of their love ones living at the low-lying areas of Bulacan,” Pabalate said.

The groups also stressed out that the rehabilitation fund of P5.7-billion was released two years ago for the 45-year-old dam.

“The big question now is, is there still sufficient fund for the rehabilitation of the Angat Dam or have they pocketed it already?,” Lauraga said.

“Believe me. Hundreds of thousands would perish not only in Bulacan but also in Pampanga, Nueva Ejica and some areas of Metro Manila should the Angat Dam’s walls break due to its old age. That’s multiplied by 10 or 20 compared with the victims of Yolanda in Tacloban,” Lauriaga added.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Rene Solidum said the dam’s reservoir is under the Marikina Valley fault line and poses danger to people living nearby.

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