Following the massive flooding that saw Cagayan Valley being submerged after the onslaught of typhoon Ulysses, a bill seeking to create a comprehensive management and regulatory framework for dams nationwide has been pushed in the House of Representatives.
The measure — House Bill No. 8016 – also aims to create Management and Regulatory Council which shall be composed of the following agencies — National irrigation Authority (NIA); National Power Corp. (NAPOCOR); National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and dam operators.
The bill was filed by House Deputy Speaker and 1Pacman Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero.
The proposed measure noted that the agencies mentioned will be tasked to formulate a centralized framework/scheme to eliminate all damages and threats, based on their mandates as well as develop capable methodology for their agencies to become more sensitive to the needs of their clients.
These framework and schemes will cater to the needs of combating dam discharges to local government units (LGU), regional and national level. The Council will also serve as the monitoring and regulatory body as regards to dam discharges.
The act also mandates the operation of a National Management and Regulatory Framework for all dams, centralized with its own distinct accountability.
Other government agencies and LGU shall establish schemes such as, but not limited to, education and information campaign and seminars or symposia on the nature, causes, incidence and consequences of such disastrous effects particularly towards the public on its impacts.
To date, the country has 18 major river basins, four sub-basins, and nine dams.