Binga dam rehab done by 2013
Binga Dam is located at Barrio Binga, Barangay Tinongdan, Itogon.
The rehabilitation of the dam started in 2010 and expected to be finished by 2013. Once the rehabilitation is done, the generation capacity will increase to 120 megawatts from 100 megawatts.
There are also ongoing repairs of the transmission lines to accommodate the additional powers once the repair is over. Camantiles also reported that President Benigno Aquino has allocated a considerable amount for the rehabilitation and enhancement of transmission lines.
Binga Dam is one of the tourist spots offered by Itogon. Most of the tourists visiting the place are students having their educational tours.
“We have joint programs with SNAP in promoting and enhancing it as a tourist spot. They even help in collecting fees and shares that is due to the community,” Camantiles said.
Tinongdan also passed an ordinance where they collect entrance fees, P30 for students and P40 for non students. Annually, the barangay submits 10 percent of the collected fees as municipal share. (Analiza Galawa, UC Intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 17, 2012.