1,266 farmers to benefit from P133.85-million Sta. Barbara RIS

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 09:36

 

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, inaugurated the P133.85-million Sta. Barbara River Irrigation system (Sta. Barbara RIS), one unit of 84-square meter Irrigators Association (IA) Building, and four units of 200-square meter combined IA offices and warehouses, on December 03, 2018 at Benigno Aquino Avenue Diversion Road, Madurriao, Iloilo City.

The irrigation system under the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) is funded through a grant from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) amounting to P113,850,153.90. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 2,289 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipalities of Leganes, Pavia, Sta. Barbara, and Iloilo City, benefitting 1,266 farmers and their families. The project is set to improve the cropping intensity of farmers from 162 to 200 percent, thus increasing the farmers’ yield from 99 to 110 cavans per hectare for wet season and 80 to 100 cavans per hectare for dry season.

In his message, JICA Philippines Senior Representative Yo Ebisawa said that the project will pave way for higher rice productivity and income of the Filipino farmers.

“Filipino farmers, unfortunately, remain among the Philippines’ poorest sectors with poverty incidence of as much as 34.3 percent. With this project, we hope our farmers to improve and sustain their productivity and income. JICA would continue supporting the agriculture sector of the Philippines”, he added.

NIA Administrator Visaya, on the other hand, said that the project will translate into an efficient operations and maintenance (O&M) that will optimize the benefits derived from the irrigation system.

“The inauguration of this project means that our objectives are now all set to be realized. The offices of Irrigators Associations and its support facilities and farm machineries will ensure quality of rice produce, thus gaining higher price for the commodity which will eventually increase the income of our farmers… NIA has already accomplished the rehabilitation and improvement of this irrigation system and we will never stop giving you, our farmers, the best possible [irrigation] service that you deserve”, said Administrator Visaya.

Sta. Barbara RIS, whose water sources come from Sta. Barbara River, includes the construction of construction of 12.1 kilometers of concrete canal lining, construction and repair of 65 units of related structure, repair and replacement of 113 units of other structure, new steel gates, and 7.6 kilometers of gravel surfacing, among others.

Among those who attended the inauguration were Japanese Economic Affairs Minister Makoto Iyori, NIA Regional Manager Gerardo Corsiga, and NISRIP Project Manager Silvino Navarro.

NIA remains committed to provide substantial 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.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: vparamio@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741

NIA, KEXIM-EDCF to monitor environmental and social activities of JRMP II

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 15:36

 

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.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ, CESE
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: vparamio@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741

NIA opens P74-million Libmanan-Cabusao Pumping Station

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 13:20

 

NIA Region V – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, conducted the Blessing and Inauguration Ceremony of the new P74-million Pumping Station of the Libmanan-Cabusao Pump Irrigation System (LCPIS) in Awayan, Sipocot, Camarines Sur on October 11, 2018.

The newly inaugurated pumping station has four units of brand new 250 HP diesel engines and pumps which will irrigate 2,195 hectares of farmlands, benefitting 1,728 farmers and their families in 10 barangays in Libmanan and two barangays in Cabusao, Camarines Sur.

The LCPIS was originally constructed in the early 1980s under the Integrated Area Development Program of the Philippine government with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The original pumping station had four units of electrically-driven engines and pumps. In 1998, the electric engines were replaced with diesel engines and only two remain operational today.

Camarines Sur has the largest potential irrigable area of 123,700 hectares among the six provinces of Bicol Region. As of June 2018, NIA has already irrigated a total service area of 77,043 hectares in Camarines Sur, attaining 62.28 percent of irrigation development. Thus, this new pumping station of LCPIS is projected to add to the percentage of irrigation development in the province.

NIA, as the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation, remains dedicated on its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers through the construction, rehabilitation, restoration, and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide.

**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:

PILIPINA P. BERMUDEZ, CESE
Department Manager A
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: vparamio@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0995 251 7847
Landline: 921-3741

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