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Mega dam site needs more study

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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.

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National Irrigation Administration (NIA) logo

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.

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