Mahinog, Camiguin. – The contractors of a half-billion pesos Sabo dam project here have denied "wild rumors" that they are using laser to hit clouds supposedly to prevent rains to avoid delays in the construction project.
"The rumor is not true," said Ryuta Akiyoshi, project manager from Toyo Construction for the project flood disaster mitigation in Camiguin."
He made the statement on Monday at the flag raising ceremony in municipal hall in the presence of municipal officials, employees, barangay captains and some farmers' representatives.
Akiyoshi was accompanied by Mr. Joselito C. Retuya, Engineering Head of the same project.
Some residents here have reportedly seen strange light in the sky during nighttime.
Then rumors began spreading that Sabo dam contractors were using laser to shoot rain clouds in the sky to prevent rains. These rumors have alarmed farmers who need rains amid prolonged dry spell caused by El Niño phenomenon.
Akiyoshi said: "I am surprised when I received the letter form your beloved Mayor asking us if the rumor is true regarding that Toyo have a laser beam to prevent rain."
"If this technology is readily available in the market, our company is very much interested to purchase it," he said.
"It will be a big help for us especially we are in the construction industry," he added.
He said: "if this gadget is available, construction of Sabo dam is not necessary."
The Sabo dam project is a grant aid amounting to approximately 500 million pesos from the Government of Japan which involves the construction of two (2) Sabo dams, barriers to prevent landslides, along
Mayor Alex R. Jajalla called the rumors "totally unfounded" and "unfair" for the Government of Japan, who have been very generous to the people of Camiguin in providing this multi-million flood disaster mitigation project.
"I hope that the statement of Toyo engineers will "put these rumors to rest," Mayor Jajalla said.