- Published: 28 August 2014
The Technical Working Group of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) of which the National Power Corporation (NPC) is part of held a meeting earlier today to discuss the water situation particularly in MetroManila and parts of Central Luzon. In the meeting, PAGASA which is also member of the group recommended a cloud seeding operation to increase the precipitation and moisture in the air. The operation shall also lessen the pressure on Angat Dam’s water level which is currently at 177.99 meters above sea level (masl). This elevation is way below last year’s August 27 elevation of 203.08 masl.
The TWG agreed that even if the rain will not fall directly to the dam and watershed, it will help the farmers with their crops. The weather bureau said that they are expecting four typhoons to enter the country but only one arrived (Typhoon Jose) and that according to their forecast, there won’t be much rains to come in two weeks.
NPC President Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita personally attended the meeting with Engr. Wilfredo Senadrin of the Dams Management Department and Engr. Rodolfo German of Angat Power Plant. Other agencies that are part of the Technical Working Group are the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
NPC President Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita was joined with members of the Management Committee as she plants Saraca Tree on Monday to mark her first year anniversary as NPC President.
Known as the King of Flowering Trees, Saraca is known for its beautiful foliage and sweet-smelling flowers. It can grow up to nine meters tall.
President Gladys has earlier planted a Palawan Cherry Blossom to add more flowering trees at the NPC compound.
National Power Corporation President Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita joined the Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-Water) on Wednesday afternoon in the inauguration of the 1.7 million peso water supply and solar power system in Dike Elementary School in Angat Watershed Reservation.
The water supply system comes with toilets and showers while the solar power system can give as much as 900 watts to power the school’s lights, a television and a computer set.
“Surely, our Dumagat children can learn more and together with their parents, continue being our partner in protecting the watershed,” said President Gladys.
In photo are the Dumagat kids and K-Water volunteers, Seated from left to right: Mr. Ronaldo de Guzman, Principal of NPC Elementary School,Mr. Jungseok Ko, Director of Public Relations, PGSR, Josephine de Mesa, Barangay Chairman, San Lorenzo, Norzagaray Mr. Salong Sunggod, Director, Region 3, National Commission for Indigenous People , Mr. Paul Bongwan Sung, Givets Fund Inc. and standing behind him is Engr. Rodolfo German of the Angat Power Plant.
Statement of the National Power Corporation on the supposed ‘removal of power subsidy in Palawan’
The National Power Corporation (Napocor) would like to clarify that possible adjustments or gradual removal of the power subsidy in Palawan, as stated in an article published today, August 7, 2014 is still subject to a series of public hearings. Further, the state run firm did not say that it received instructions from the Energy Regulatory Commission to start removing the subsidy in Palawan but to refile the “Universal Charge for Missionary Electrification (UCME) for 2015 and 2016 based on the updated data including the study and assessment of the existing Subsidized Approved Generation Cost for Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) areas.”
The recently held Palawan consultation is part of a series of consultation conducted by Napocor before finalizing its tariff application to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).