Area               : 10,434 sq. km.
Region           : III
Provinces      : Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zambales, Bataan
Towns/Cities : 96
Barangays      : 2,109
Outlet             : Manila Bay
Est. Pop’n       : 5,756,156 (2007)
RBO                 : Pampanga River Basin Committee
RDC Reso.       : RDC Resolution No. 03-08-2011
Forestland       : 4,134.69 sq. km.
A&D                  : 7,060.48 sq. km.
NGP Area         : 383.24 sq. km.


“The Pampanga River Basin (PRB) shall become the most economically advanced river basin in the country that shall attain the lowest incidence of poverty, fully restored watershed and ecosystems, properly utilized and managed water resources, adequately provided modern infrastructure facilities, and an empowered citizens in partnership with transparent, accountable, and development-oriented leaders.”


✓ Developed and rehabilitated irrigation facilities
✓ Improved resiliency and adaptive capacity to flood and sediment disasters
✓ Conserved, protected and rehabilitated watersheds
✓ Sustainable and well-managed wetland ecosystems


To achieve the vision, the strategies will be aligned on the following goals and objectives:
✓ Enhanced Livelihood
✓ Improved Quality of Life
✓ Decentralized Development
✓ Sustained Ecosystem
✓ Empowered People


  1. Upper Pampanga Watershed
  2. Angat-Maasim Watershed
  3. Angat Watershed
  4. Ipo Watershed
  5. Porac Gumain Watershed
  6. Penaranda Watershed
  7. Coronel Watershed
  8. Caulman Watershed


  1. Aurora Memorial Park
  2. Candaba Swamp
  3. Angat Watershed


  1. Angat Watershed Reservation
  2. Ipo Watershed Forest Reserve
  3. Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed
  4. Mt. Arayat National Park
  5. Minalungao National Park
  6. Aurora Memorial National Park
  7. Biak-Ba-Bato National Park
  8. Talavera Watershed Forest Reserve


  • Rainfall : 4,016.20
  • Surface Run-off: 2,025.40 mm/year
  • Groundwater Recharge: 567.30 mm/yr
  • Total Water Yield: 2,940.30 mm/yr

Agricultural Land (2006) – 28,875 ha

  1. Pantabangan –Masiway Dam
  2. Angat Hydropower Dam

  • 8 species found in the Pampanga RB are listed in the National List of Threatened Fauna: Golden-crowned fruit bat (Acerodon jubatus ), Flame-breasted fruit dove (Ptilinopus marchei), Cream-bellied fruit dove (Ptilinopus merrilli), Green faced parrotfish (Erythrura viridifacies), Sarus crane (Grus Antigone), Gree- headed racket tailed parrot (Prinoturus luconensis), Nordmann’s greenshank (Tringa guttifer), Ashy trush (Zoothera cinerea)
  • Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) and Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor), which were observed in candaba Swamp and Pantabangan Dam and classified as Vulnerable and Endangered under the IUCN Red List.


  1. Agricultural /Irrigation and Fishery Development
    • Water Shortage
    • Delay of Large- scale Irrigation Development Projects
    • Deterioration of Water Quality in Fishponds
    • Depletion of Groundwater
    • Flood Damage to Irrigation System and fishpond
  2. Municipal Water Supply, Sanitation and Sewage
    • Inadequate Water Supply Source
    • Unsafe Water Supply
    • Increasing Pollution Load in Water Bodies
  3. Mitigation for Flood and Sediment Disasters
    • Occurrence of Chronic and Aggravating Flood Damages
    • Insufficient Structural Capacity for Flood Mitigation
    • Increment of Flood Damage Potential
    • Inadequate Information and Knowledge on Flood Mitigation
    • Weakness in Institution Set –Up
  4. Watershed Management
    • Watershed Degradation
    • Weak Reforestation
    • Poor Institutional Coordination Mechanism
  5. Water- Related Environment Management
    • Inadequate Water Quality Data Management
    • Contamination of Surface Water, Groundwater and Coastal
  6. Water
    • Institutional Constraints
  7. Water Resources Development, Allocation and Distribution
    • Sustainable Water Source for Municipal Water Supply
    • Securing Necessary Water Sources for Expansion of Large Irrigation System
    • Inadequate Reliability of Water Supply in Angat-Umiray System
    • Expected Increase of Conflict among Water Users, especially between Municipal and Irrigation Water Users
  8. Institution and Organization
    • Strengthening of Regulation Capacity for Water Use Permits
    • Enhancement of Efficient Water Use and Re-allocation of Water Use Permit
    • Modification of Overlapping Water Charge Systems
    • Achievement of Sustainability of Groundwater
    • Introduction of Specific Law to Enhance Multipurpose Dam Projects
    • Enforcement to Maintain Environmental Flow
    • Strengthening of Water Quality Monitoring and Management
    • Management and Mitigation of Risks from Water –Related Disasters
    • Improvement of Watershed and Forest Management
    • Set up of Authority to Implement the Pampanga River Basin IWRM
    • Strengthening of Execution and Financial capacity for Sustainability


  1. Agricultural /Irrigation and Fishery Development
  2. Municipal Water Supply, Sanitation and Sewage
  3. Watershed Management
  4. Water- Related Environment Management
  5. Water Resources Development, Allocation and Distribution
  6. Institution and Organization

River Basin Organization

Pampanga River Basin Committee

Functions of Pampanga River Basin Committee

The RBC has the power of decision in its functions at the level of committee of RDC. However, RDC Region III has the authority to reverse the decision. The RBC shall perform the following functions:

  • To prepare the PRB-IWRM policy and plan, coordinate, and localize the IWRM Plan;
  • To oversee and coordinate the implementation of the IWRM Plan; i.e., to arbitrate and monitor water rights, to regularly review and update water resources development plan, to advocate the IWRM and monitor water quality and quantity and watershed environment, and to monitor O&M of the river facilities;
  • To secure funding sources to support the activities for the PRB-IWRM;
  • To establish, supplement or scrap technical working groups (TWGs) for specific purposes to support the Committee, such as providing necessary information and technical support and monitoring activities including data collection, clarification and analyses; and
  • To enjoin the committee members to execute their specific tasks as determined by the Committee.

Responsibilities of the Committee Members
  • The organizations represented by the Committee members shall be responsible for the execution of their specific tasks as determined by the Committee and to contribute to the relevant TWG activities.