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SNAP, NPC, and PSALM ensure safe operations of Ambuklao and Binga dams

As part of the collective effort to foster safety and meaningful collaboration, SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet (SNAP-Benguet), the National Power Corporation (NPC), and the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) held the annual public information drives (PIDs) on the Ambuklao and Binga Dams and Reservoir Operations from June 4 to 6, 2024.

Local communities of barangays Ambuklao, Dalupirip and Tinongdan which host Ambuklao and Binga hydro plants learned about dam operations and safety measures. Around 400 community members participated in the PIDs.

Dam owners NPC and PSALM gave briefings on flood forecasting and warning, dam safety programs while the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) discussed hydro-meteorological hazards. The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Bokod and Itogon presented contingency plan as SNAP-Benguet discussed protocols on dam operations under normal conditions, dam Emergency Protocol/Emergency Action Plan (EAP), and an overview of the company's river safety program.

A health and safety campaign called ALWAD (Ang Ligtas at Wastong Aksyon sa Paligid ng Dam) was also launched during the PIDs. ALWAD is SNAP’s unified health and safety information campaign intended to raise community awareness and encourage safe action around the dam vicinities. It stresses prevention, preparedness, and appropriate response to safety and emergency situations surrounding dams, waterways, and watersheds.

SNAP-Benguet prioritizes safety in its operations. By working together with its partners, they are building a resilient community by providing the knowledge, skills, and resources required to prevent and respond to natural disasters.

SNAP-Benguet, NPC, and PSALM are members of a technical working group that ensures the safe and reliable operation of the Ambuklao and Binga dams. The dams remain government-owned while the hydropower plants are operated by SNAP-Benguet.

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