MARIS Reservoir Optimization Project Breaks Ground

(L-R) MARIIS Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel, Ifugao Governor Dennis Habawel, NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal, Ramon Mayor Wilfredo L. Tabag, and Danilo de Guzman, SN Aboitiz Power Executive Director during the ceremonial ground breaking at the project site. Behind them are SNAP executives and Danilo Tumamao, representative of the Governor of Isabela.

Ramon, Isabela – The National Irrigation Administration and SN Aboitiz Power are set to start works on raising the operating levels at the MARIS dam here.

During the ground breaking ceremony on November 4, 2014, Danny de Guzman, Executive Director, SN Aboitiz Power Magat, Inc. said the project is an example of collective work between NIA and SNAP.  “These collaborative projects are underpinned by not only technical expertise between NIA and SNAP but also the strength of the partnership that we’ve forged over the past seven years,” he added.

NIA Administrator Florencio F. Padernal said the project is a clear manifestation of a real, effective, efficient private-public partnership.  “ Increasing storage water capacity of the MARIS reservoir is laudable as it denotes water security for peaking hours and saves water in cases of abnormal weather condition or in times of crisis as well as increased power generation,” he added.

The project will increase the storage capacity of the MARIS reservoir primarily for irrigation of farm lands and also provide flexibility for power generation.

Magat River Integrated Irrigation System Operations Manager Mariano G. Dancel shared that with the optimization project, irrigating the whole service area of 85,000 hectares would be possible.

“We have to be thankful for a project that helps a lot in increasing the income of farmers which is our ultimate objective,” Administrator Padernal said.