NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has completed the Barbar Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Barbar SRIP) amidst the prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic situated in Barangay Barbar, San Juan, Ilocos Sur.
The P631-million Barbar Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Barbar SRIP) involves the construction of Earthfill Dam across the Bical River with a height and length of 25.00 meters and 344.15 meters respectively, with a storage capacity of 0.861 million cubic meters. Irrigation Facilities of the project consists of a five (5) kilometer main canal and a total of 16.28 kilometers lateral canals. Access roads were constructed simultaneous with the lateral canals having the same length with the latter, providing mobility and accessibility for farmers and their farms inputs and products.
The Barbar SRIP with 846-hectare service area aims to provide sustainable development to the 1,156 farmers and their families of the eleven (11) barangays of Barbar, Camangaan, Nagsupotan, Nagsabaran, Muraya, Immayos Sur, Guimod Sur and Bacsil in the town of San Juan, and the barangays of Macatcatud, Caraisan and Barbarit in the neighboring town of Magsingal, Ilocos Sur.
Furthermore, aside from increase in agricultural production through additional areas of around 319 hectares and yield increase up to 5.2 metric tons, it also helps in mitigating flood by impounding typhoon waters for use as irrigation. Also, it strengthens watershed recharging the aquifer in the area that will re-establish the vegetation and helps enhance the biodiversity.
Barbar SRIP is scheduled to hold its inauguration this Thursday, May 06, 2021 to be attended by the NIA Top Management Officials, as well as the Ilocos Sur provincial and local government officials, and the project beneficiaries as represented by its Irrigators’ Association (IA) officials.
NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assure that the Agency remains committed to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.
Barbar Earthfill Dam
Concrete-Lined Main Canal
Concrete-Lined Lateral Canal
Part of irrigated area of Barbar SRIP
**For questions and/or clarifications, you may contact:
EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
Landline: (02) 8921-3741