NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Top Management Officials and the executives of China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. led the Contract Signing Ceremony of the PhP 4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (Chico River PIP) on March 08, 2018 at Board Room, 3rd Floor, Building A.
The project includes the construction of Pump House, Sub-Station, Transmission Line, Diversion Main Canal, Lateral Canals, Appurtenant Structures, Service/Access Road, and Terminal Facilities for Chico River PIP. It aims to provide substantial and timely water supply for irrigation in support to the agricultural development of the Government. It is projected to create 14,784 jobs during project implementation and 8,700 permanents jobs when the project becomes completely operational.
Chico River PIP, whose water sources come from Chico River, covers the Municipality of Tuao and Piat in Cagayan, and the Municipality of Pinukpuk in Kalinga, Apayao. It has a total service area of 8,700 hectares benefiting 4,350 families.
The acceleration of infrastructure and development of industries yielding robust growth across the archipelago is part of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s 10-Point Socioeconomic Agenda envisioned to reduce poverty from 21.6% in 2015 to 13-15% in 2022 through infrastructure platforms.
The “Build, Build, Build Project” of the government is expected to carry on the power of redesigning the future of the country by increasing income, productive capacity of the economy, and strengthening investment climate.
NIA, as the lead government agency responsible in developing all possible sources of water for irrigation now serves as the country’s driving force to move forward to agricultural productivity, economic growth, and food sufficiency.
In his opening message, Senior Deputy Administrator (SDA) and Chairman of the NIA Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Abraham B. Bagasin expressed his highest regards and gratitude for the support given by the People’s Republic of China to the Agency’s projects.
“Today’s contract signing symbolizes our joint commitment for a wider economic reach and structural development. With that, I am hoping that each and every one of us will do our very best towards the success of this groundbreaking NIA project”, said SDA Bagasin.
On the other hand, NIA Administrator perceived the ceremony as a history and expressed his trust and confidence to the success of the project.
“We are confident that this project will be finished on time or even ahead of time because CAMC has a good reputation. This is a historical event because this is the first project undertaken by the present administration”, Visaya said.
NIA continuously upholds its commitment towards the attainment of rice self-sufficiency and inclusive agricultural development through efficient project implementation.
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