Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando on Tuesday said engineers from China would inspect Bustos Dam in connection with its rehabilitation after one of its six rubber gates collapsed.
According to the governor, test results came out last week from Australia and it appeared that the materials used in the rubber gates failed the elongation test.
As a result, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Ricardo Visaya favored Fernando’s appeal to replace all six rubber gates of the dam. The contractor’s foreign engineers will personally visit the site and inspect the rubber gates.
“Ginagawang lahat ng lokal na pamahalaan ng nasabing lalawigan ang mas makabubuting paraan upang mapanatiling maayos at ligtas sa taumbayan ang Bustos Dam (The local government is doing its best in keeping [everything] orderly and safe for its constituents),” Fernando said.
In May 2020, the dam’s Rubber Gate Bay 5 collapsed, just two years after it was rehabilitated in 2018. It was learned that the warranty or guaranteed life span of the rubber gates is at least 20 years.
The damage was allegedly due to the inferior quality of materials used by NIA’s contractor in the rehabilitation project.
“Immediate replacement is needed here,” the governor said.
The dam’s rehabilitation costs P1 billion, including the concreting of the main canals.