Ambuklao Dam is part of a hydroelectric facility in Brgy. Ambuklao, Bokod, Benguet province in the Philippines. The development of the Agno River for purposes of hydroelectric power generation, flood control, and irrigation had been conceived as early as the late 1940s. The main source of water comes from the Agno River which originates from Mt. Data.
The Ambuklao Hydroelectric Powe ...
r Plant is one of the oldest power plants in the country and was among the first large hydroelectric power plants constructed in the Philippines. Running along the upper portion of the Agno River, Ambuklao was constructed for power generation and flood control.
In July 1990, a massive earthquake hit Luzon, resulting in siltation and technical problems that affected the plant's operations. Ambuklao was eventually decommissioned in 1999.
SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet, Inc. (SNAP-Benguet) won on November 28, 2007 the public bid for Ambuklao and its neighboring power facility Binga, which were sold as a package under the power sector privatization program of the Philippine government.
SNAP-Benguet began a massive rehabilitation project that restored Ambuklao to operating status and increased its capacity from 75 MW to 105 MW.
Ambuklao Lake and Dam News
This is the river in Ambuklao wherein you pass by if travelling the Aritao-Baguio road. The water's clean, fresh, cold and deep. Free swimming. Caution, good swimmers only. I cannot. Haha! It's more fun in the Philippines.
After the knee-breaking Mt. Timbak Traverse and the chilling climb to the Avatar mountain, also known as Mt. Tabayoc, we *rented an elf truck to bring us to our next and last destination for our Luzon 321 climb Mt Pulag Tawangan to Ambangeg.
Situated in Bokod, Benguet province, Ambuklao Lake serves as a dam for Hydroelectric facility located on the upper Agno River and its tributaries the Bokod River which is 36 km. from Baguio City. It was developed in the late 1940's for the main purpose of hydroelectric power generation, flood control and irrigation. The main source of water comes from the Agno River which originates from Mt. Data.
There's something very peaceful and serene about lakes. Though they're not as popular as beaches and waterfalls, lakes have a quiet understated charm about them. The Philippines is home to many beautiful lakes. Natural lakes are closely related to volcanic and tectonic activity and smaller lakes occupy the craters of extinct volcanoes. Artificial lakes or reservoirs have resulted from the damming of rivers for hydroelectric activity. Aside from their recreational and aesthetic qualities, many lakes are important habitats for marine life and food sources. Other lakes play a part in water-supply ...
From being just a simple hydroelectric facility, Ambuklao Dam is now considered a tourist attraction in Bokod, Benguet.
Constructed in the 1950s, Ambuklao Dam was primarily built to provide energy to the Luzon grid. It was then the largest and highest dam in East Asia, which also serves as a flood control structure. The dam also holds the water used for the irrigation fields in Pangasinan. This engineering feat has done a lot of improvements for being a power plant but now, it is becoming so much more than that.
Aside from being a dam, Ambuklao is now considered a sight to see in Benguet ...
Last May 29-30, 2015, my cousins decided to climb Mount Pulag. A week before the actual climb, my cousin and their significant other had to back out due to work. My little sister and I were invited to take their slots as they were already paid for. My little sister climbed last January 30, 2015 and they did not reach the summit. She was traumatized by the experience because she almost froze to death and she saw nothing! Well, that didn't hinder me from still pursuing the climb together with my cousins and some friends.
I took the slot only a week before the actual climb. I wish I ha ...