NIA Completes 4 Irrigation Projects in Bohol

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 16:47

 

NIA Region VII – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has recently completed four irrigation projects with an aggregate cost of P913.7 million in the Province of Bohol amidst pandemic.

These projects are 1) P645-million Benliw Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Benliw SRIP) located in the Municipality of Ubay, 2) P260-million Catigbian Small Water Impounding Project (Catigbian SWIP) located in the town of Buenavista, 3) P4.5-million Oghob Small Irrigation Project (Oghob SIP) in the town of Batuan, and 4) P4.2-million Kagawasan Communal Irrigation Project (Kagawasan CIP) in the Municipality of San Miguel.

Benliw SRIP, whose water source comes from Pasanan Creek, is a medium-scale irrigation development project which includes the construction of a 21-meter-high zoned earthfill dam with a length of 517 meters, a reservoir with a catchment area of 5.60 square kilometres that can store 2.86 million cubic meters (mcm) of water, irrigation and drainage canals, and other appurtenant structures. The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 400 hectares of agricultural land in barangays of Benliw, Emelda, Cagting, and Sinandigan, benefitting 600 farmers and their families.

Aside from irrigation, the project is also expected to provide other incidental benefits, such as flood control, watershed management, aqua-culture as a supplementary food source to the residents in the area, and soil conservation since it prevents the soil from eroding or reducing fertility caused by over-usage.

Catigbian SWIP, whose water source comes from Catigbian Creek, includes the construction of a 16.54-meter-high embankment dam with a total width of 6 meters, crest elevation of 152 meters, and crest length of 260 meters. Its reservoir has a total storage capacity of 0.322 million cubic meter (MCM). The project will provide year-round irrigation water supply to 60 hectares of agricultural land in barangays of Catigbian in Buenavista and San Carlos in Danao, benefitting 60 farmers and their families.

Oghob SIP, whose main source of water is the Oghob Spring, includes the construction of two check dams with two intakes, nine units of thresher crossing, 4 turn ins, and one turnout. It has two stilling basins, two road crossings with a total length of 208 meters of main canal, and 1,173 meters of concrete lateral canal. The project will irrigate 44 hectares of agricultural land in Barangay Quirino with 34 farmer-beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Kagawasan CIP is funded under Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program – Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) under force account works. The project has a total service area of 25 hectares and generated area of 15 hectares, serving the farmers of Barangay Kagawasan with a year-round irrigation water supply. It includes the construction of a check dam, canal structure with an elevated flume of 50 meters, two units of drainage system, five turnouts, and three units of thresher crossing. The main canal has a total length of 661 meters.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, see the great potential of the projects, especially Benliw SRIP, as an agro-tourism destination site with its scenic and breath-taking view. The Agency remains committed to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers, the agricultural heroes who feed the nation.

 

The newly completed P645-million Benliw SRIP in Ubay, Bohol is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 400 hectares of agricultural land in barangays of Benliw, Emelda, Cagting, and Sinandigan, benefitting 600 farmers and their families.

The P260-million Catigbian SWIP in Buenavista, Bohol will provide year-round irrigation water supply to 60 hectares of agricultural land in barangays of Catigbian in Buenavista and San Carlos in Danao, benefitting 60 farmers and their families.

The P4.5-million Oghob SIP in Batuan, Bohol will irrigate 44 hectares of agricultural land in Barangay Quirino with 34 farmer-beneficiaries.

The P4.2-million Kagawasan CIP located in San Migue, Bohol has a total service area of 25 hectares and generated area of 15 hectares, serving the farmers of Barangay Kagawasan with a year-round irrigation water supply.

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

EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741