Pampanga River

Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija

Pampanga River is the second largest river in the island of Luzon, next to Cagayan River and the third largest but most important river in the Philippines. It is located in the Central Luzon region and traverses the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, and Nueva Ecija.

The Pampanga River Watershed basin covers an area of 10,540 km², including the allied basin of Guagua River. The basin ...

is drained through the Pampanga River and via the Labangan Channel into the Manila Bay.

Its main tributaries are Penaranda and the Coronel-Santor Rivers on the eastern side of the basin and the Rio Chico River from the northwest side. The Angat River joins the Pampanga River at Calumpit, Bulacan via the Bagbag River.

Mount Arayat stands in the middle of the basin. Southeast of Mount Arayat and the Pampanga River is the Candaba Swamp, covering an area of some 250 km². absorbing most of the flood flows from the western slopes of a portion of the Sierra Madre and the overflowing of the Pampanga River via the Cabiao Floodway. This area is submerged during the rainy season but is relatively dry during summer.

At the higher sections of the basin, dams especially the Pantabangan Dam located in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija provides irrigation for the farms in the province of Nueva Ecija.

At the lower sections of the basin, where the Pampanga delta lies, the Pampanga River system divides into small branches, crisscrossed with fishponds to form a network of sluggish, tidal flats and canals, which eventually find their way to Manila Bay.  Wiki

Pampanga River and Watershed News

  • Mekeni, Mamilang Tamung Ayup!

    Mekeni, Mamilang Tamung Ayup!

    ("Come, let's count birds!" in Pampangueno)

    Migratory birds are currently on the move for Autumn migration, and I look back to last February where we joined the indefatigable Arne J to check out the environs of Manila Bay to survey the waterbird population. Our group was composed of myself, Adri, Tinggay, Angelo and Arne. We were ready to count birds!

  • Pampanga Town Conducts River Clean-up

    In preparation for the coming rainy season, the local government here recently conducted a massive clean-up drive along the Pampanga River.

    Led by Mayor Peter Nucom, local officials and municipal employees held a simultaneous cleaning of the riverbanks in the town as part of the Manila Bay Clean-Up, Rehabilitation and Preservation Program.

    Together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Central Luzon, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) of Pampanga and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), national, provincial and local official joine ...

  • Investing In Rivers Can Help PHL Bag First World Status

    Investing In Rivers Can Help PHL Bag First World Status


    THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources-River Basin Control Office (Denr-Rbco) is currently developing an integrated master plan for 17 of the 18 major river basins and three principal river basins to rationalize and integrate all its plans, programs and projects.

    The master plan aims to address various concerns related to watershed conservation, river-basin rehabilitation, and flood control and mitigation. Other concerns included water security for domestic, irrigation and industrial use, livelihood and economic opportunities within the river basin.

    Started in ...

  • Top 5 Longest Rivers In The Philippines For The River Enthusiasts

    Top 5 Longest Rivers In The Philippines For The River Enthusiasts

    The Philippines is not really known for its rivers. Tourists, local and foreign alike, are more drawn to its white sand beaches and clean, turquoise blue waters. But did you know that the country's rivers are also quite an attraction themselves? If you love anything and everything about rivers, here are the top five longest rivers in the Philippines.

    1. Rio Grande de Cagayan
    Popularly known as Cagayan River, the Rio Grande de Cagayan in Cagayan Valley in the northeastern part of Luzon is the longest and largest river in the archipelago. It is 505 kilometers long and traverses through the p ...

  • Guv to BFAR Test waters in upper Pampanga River

    Guv to BFAR Test waters in upper Pampanga River

    Governor Lilia Pineda urged the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to conduct an examination on the quality of water along the upper stream of the Pampanga River especially in the sections of Nueva Ecija and Tarlac to determine the cause of the recent fishkill.

    The fish kill affected the towns of Arayat, Candaba, Masantol, Macabebe, Apalit, San Luis and San Simon.

    It could be recalled that the governor ordered the examination of Canduli fish found dead along the Pampanga River due to the fishkill over the weekend.

    Upon instruction of the governor, Katrina Zapanta, medica ...

  • Farmers expect bountiful harvest despite dry spell

    Farmers expect bountiful harvest despite dry spell

    Farmers in this agricultural town are expecting a bountiful harvest of play despite the El Niño phenomenon, which has reportedly affected other neighboring municipalities in Pampanga.

    Mayor Venancio Macapagal said that 1,350 hectares of farm lands in Barangays San Juan, San Nicolas, Santa Monica and San Agustin are expected to yield some 135,000 cavans of palay from June to July of this year.

    Macapagal said that farmers in these four barangays are now in the process of harvesting their crops, saying this is the second harvesting season this year.

    He said that during the first harvest ...