By Tara Yap
The specific site for the mega dam the National Irrigation Administration (NIA-6) is proposing in Tapaz town, Capiz, needs more study.
Leo Van Juguan, regional director of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-6), an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) expressed misgivings about the choice of the site.
Cracks were found last October at Sitio Laugan of Aglinab village, where a group of indigenous people Panay Bukidnon lives.
Juguan said MGB geologists were sent to inspect the area on the request of the Tapaz local government.
The geologists found a high risk for landslides in Aglinab, which the NIA said is at the site of the mega dam which will harness the Panay River.
A group of Panay Bukidnon claimed that the cracks may have been caused by drilling conducted by the NIA at Aglinab as part of a feasibility study for the dam project.