The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region V sought the rehabilitation of the Lake Buhi Control Structure in Buhi, Camarines Sur, upon the request of the Sanggunian Bayan through Resolution no. 20-004 series of 2020 introduced by SB lake development committee chairperson Catherine Martinez.

          According to NIA Regional Director Freddie Toquero, the Regional Dam Safety Team had already conducted a field inspection and validation on September 26, 2019. Its findings and recommendations on the said structure already sent to NIA Deputy Administrator C’Zar Sulaik of the central office on November 5, 2019.

          Since the said structure is for evaluation, a dam safety expert must come to Buhi to check the dam’s stability, Toquero noted in his letter to Sulaik.

          On a related development, Sulaik instructed Toquero to consider the said rehab works for possible inclusion in NIA’s future years’ program, considering its prioritization criteria and availability of regional fund allocation.