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Magat Dam, Luzon

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Magat Dam is a large rock-fill dam in the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The dam is on the Magat River, a major tributary of Cagayan River. Construction of the dam started in 1975 and was completed in 1982. Magat Dam is one of the largest dams in the Philippines. It is a multi-purpose dam which is used primarily for irrigating about 85000ha of agricultural lands, flood control, and power generation through the Magat Hydroelectric Power Plant.
The water stored in the reservoir is enough to supply about two months of normal energy requirements.
The dam was constructed to last for 50 years but increased siltation and sedimentation in the reservoir, slash-and-burn farming, illegal logging and fish-caging resulted in the deterioration of the dam's watershed. The 1990 Luzon earthquake also contributed to the increased siltation in the Magat River system. Because of this, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo instructed various government agencies to create a rehabilitation plan to improve the lifespan of the dam system.
The construction and appurtenant structures was authorized by P.D. 693 signed on May 7, 1975 by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The Magat Dam was constructed in 1978 and inaugurated by the Late Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos on October 27, 1982 and started operations in 1983.
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  • Magat dam is about 30 minutes drive from Santiago City Isabela. There is no special activity that can be done in this place except to view the majestic dam. There are some picnic tables where you can ...  more »
  • Nice for a day trip with a good overlook of the area. Bring your own food. if you have cooking facilities, you can buy fresh fish directly from the fishermen in the area. They also offer to take you o...  more »
  • from the top of the dam there is a fanta's views of the region on the one hand, and the other out of the mountains and the dammed Lake
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