The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) conducted the Groundbreaking and Capsule-Laying Ceremony of the P11.212-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) on February 27, 2019 at Daewoo Engineering and Construction Temporary Facilities Compound in the Municipality of Calinog, Iloilo. This signifies the official start of the said multi-billion irrigation project.
JRMP II is the NIA's 8th big ticket irrigation project under the “Build, Build, Build” Infrastructure Program of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the 2nd irrigation project funded by the Korean Government through the Korea Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank. The Government of South Korea will be funding 8.9 billion pesos through its Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF). The Government of the Philippines' counterpart is 2.2 billion pesos.
JRMP II includes the construction of three dams: a 109-meter high dam, a 38-meter afterbay dam across the Jalaur River, and a catch dam in Alibunan River. An 80-kilometer high line canal will also be constructed to deliver irrigation water from the dams to the rice paddies.
Branded as "Katuwang sa Kauswagan" or "Partner in Progress", JRMP will be the first large-scale reservoir outside Luzon. The project is expected to provide tremendous economic benefits through the delivery of year-round irrigation water to 9,500 hectares of new irrigable areas and rehabilitation of 22,340 hectares covered by five existing irrigation systems in 23 municipalities and two cities in the Province of Iloilo, benefiting 22,000 farmers and their families.
The project is also expected to provide 17,000 employment opportunities during the project implementation. Upon completion, rice production will increase from 3.6 to 5 metric tons per hectare. It will likewise provide other incidental benefits such as development of eco-cultural tourism, fish culture, flood mitigation, and watershed management. Furthermore, 6.6 megawatts of hydroelectric power and bulk water supply for domestic and industrial use of 1 CMS will be later implemented. Indeed, a great economic game-changer in the Province of Iloilo and a milestone in the Philippine agricultural sector.
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya and Ilonggo Senator Franklin M. Drilon led the groundbreaking and capsule-laying, together with Minister-Counselor Sunyoung Kim of the South Korean Embassy, Senior Executive Director Deog-yong Shin of Korea Export-Import Bank, Daewoo Executive Director Park Chan Yong, Iloilo Provincial Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr., and Regional/Project Manager Gerardo P. Corsiga, and witnessed by some National and Local Government officials, as well as the project beneficiaries and NIA employees.
Korean construction firm, Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd., will implement the project.
In his message, Administrator Visaya said, "With our persistence and hard work, we have laid the cornerstone which formally signifies the beginning of the physical undertakings of this project. Ang Jalaur River Multipurpose Project, ito po ay para sa inyo. Ginagawa namin ito sapagkat alam namin na napakalaki ng maidudulot nito sa inyong kabuhayan, gayundin sa lalawigan ng Iloilo at sa buong bansa.”
The Administrator also emphasized that the Agency doesn't want further delays in its irrigation projects because delays in the project implementation mean injustice to the farmer-beneficiaries.
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.
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (2-L) and Senator Franklin M. Drlion (3-L) lead the Groundbreaking and Capsule-Laying Ceremony of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) in Calinog, Iloilo, together with Minister-Counselor Sunyoung Kim of the South Korean Embassy (Middle), Senior Executive Director Deog-yong Shin of Korea Export-Import Bank (5-L), Daewoo Executive Director Park Chan Yong (5-R), Iloilo Provincial Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. (4-L), and other executives from Korea Export-Import Bank and Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd.
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