Our country, the Philippines is located near the equator and is in proximity to the warmest ocean in the world, the Pacific Ocean. This is the reason why we’re always experiencing El Niño, a weather pattern that causes long droughts and dry spells. 

To combat the water scarcity side-effect of this natural phenomenon, the national government has invested greatly in the creation of water infrastructures since the 1950s. And among the first made was the Ambuklao Dam, which officially began operations in late 1956. 

Ambuklao Dam // Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Know more about this amazing piece of Philippine infrastructure by scrolling down below!

  • It’s a senior!

Ambuklao Dam is one of the first water reservoirs created in the country. Its construction began in the early 1950s and finished six years after on December 23, 1956. 

This makes it 65 years old! And in human years that’s considered a senior citizen!

  • It’s multi-functional. 

Though many know Ambuklao Dam as a water storing facility, it also doubles up as a hydroelectric plant. It uses the energy from flowing water to create electricity. It’s able to produce 105 megawatts of electricity to power the Luzon grid. 

On top of that, it’s used for the irrigation of farmlands in Pangasinan. It also prevents floods. 

  • It’s also a tourist destination.

Ambuklao dam’s scenery is a sight to behold. For that reason, people from all over the Philippines – and the world – visit it just to take in the majestic view that it offers.

It’s located in Bokod, Benguet province, which is just 40 kilometers away from Baguio.

  • It was decommissioned for a while. 

In 1990, a large earthquake hit the island of Luzon and caused significant damage to parts of the Ambuklao Dam, specifically the power-generating ones. At the time, the only thing that can be done was to shut operations down. 

However, in 2007, a consortium comprising AboitizPower and SN Power of Norway (SNAP) undertook the challenge of bringing it back to working conditions. And of course, they were successful. 

In 2011, it began commercial operations again, particularly power generation. 

  • It can store a huge amount of water!

Ambuklao Dam has a maximum water storage capacity of 327,170,000 cubic meters.

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Image credit: Mitchell Yumul via Wikipedia