The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya and representatives from the Korean Export-Import Bank – Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEXIM-EDCF) discussed the issues related to the Environmental and Social Monitoring of the Activities of Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II (JRMP II).
The meeting aims to conduct a Stakeholders Forum among lowland and upland project affected families (PAFs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), as well as signing of the Minutes of Discussion for environmental and social activities for the project construction phase.
The P11.212-billion JRMP Stage II contract was signed by the NIA Top Management Officials and the executives of Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. on September 03, 2018 to pursue the construction of 109-meter Jalaur High Dam, 38.5-meter Afterbay Dam, 10-meter Alibutan Catch Dam, 80.74-kilometer Highline Canal, and its appurtenant structures. The groundbreaking is expected to be scheduled before the end of this year.
JRMP II is the 8th big irrigation project to be break ground under the Duterte Administration, and the 2nd project to be funded by Korean Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank. The recently inaugurated Pasa Small Reservoir Irrigation Project was the first project funded under a grant by the Korean Government through the KEXIM Bank.
The construction of JRMP was mandated under Republic Act (RA) 2651 enacted by Congress in 1960. However, due to insufficient funds, the project was implemented in two stages. Stage I is the rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems covering an area of 22,340 hectares. Stage II is the construction of high dam, hydropower electric plant, domestic water supply, watershed management.
NIA is now ascertaining its vital contribution to the inclusive socio-economic growth and agricultural development of the country through an efficient, sustainable, and reliable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.
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