NIA Continues to Fast-Track Implementation of Big-Ticket Projects

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 08:04


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) continues to fast-track the implementation of its big-ticket irrigation projects, namely, 1) P11.212-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II (JRMP-II) in Calinog, Iloilo which broke ground on February 27, 2019, 2) P4.37-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project (CRPIP) in Pinukpuk, Kalinga which broke ground on August 08, 2018, and 3) P13.37 Tarlac Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II (TBBMP-II) located in San Jose, Tarlac which broke ground on July 18, 2017.

As of December 31, 2020, JRMP-II Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 41.90 percent against the target of 29.55 percent. JRMP-II is NIA's 8th big ticket irrigation project under the “Build, Build, Build” Program of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the first large-scale reservoir outside Luzon. The project 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.

Upon completion, JRMP-II is expected to provide year-round irrigation water supply 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 create 17,000 employment opportunities during the project implementation. Similarly, rice production will increase from 3.6 to 5 metric tons per hectare. It also includes 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.

On the other hand, December 30, 2020, CRPIP Project Management Office reported an actual physical accomplishment of 55.49 percent against the target of 58.99 percent while TBBMP-II reported an actual physical accomplishment of 37.60 percent against the target of 74.97 percent. The changes in the accomplishment is due to the ongoing revision of Overall Program of Works (POW) of the irrigation projects.

Once completed, CRPIP will provide substantial and timely irrigation water supply to 8,700 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipality of Tuao and Piat in Cagayan, and the Municipality of Pinukpuk in Kalinga, benefiting 4,350 farmers and their families. The project is expected to create 14,784 jobs during project implementation and 8,700 permanents jobs when the project becomes completely operational. Furthermore, it targets to contribute 36,217 metric tons of milled rice to the country’s rice supply, incurring $15.57 million savings from rice importation and yielding an incremental income of P75,193.00 per hectare per year.

Meanwhile, upon its completion, TBBMP-II will provide year-round irrigation to approximately 34,410 hectares of agricultural land in 10 municipalities in the Province of Tarlac, namely Paniqui, Pura, Victoria, Ramos, Gerona, San Jose, La Paz, Capas, Concepcion, and Tarlac City, benefitting around 23,000 farmers and their families.  As a multipurpose dam, the hydropower project within the facility can generate at least 43.5 megawatts of electricity. The high dam can also store up to 560 million cubic meters (MCM) which can increase the cropping intensity in the project area from 124 percent to 200 percent.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, assure that the Agency is doing its best to finish all irrigation projects within the time frame or even ahead of it because delays in project implementation mean injustice to the Filipino farmers.

Ongoing construction of the JRMP-II Diversion Tunnel in Calinog, Iloilo

The completion of the cofferdam paved the way for the start of construction activities of JRMP II's impounding dam.

Ongoing construction of Invert Elevation Tunnel 3 at South Main Canal (SMC) of TBBMP-II in San Jose, Tarlac

Ongoing construction of TBBMP-II North Main Canal

Construction of Main and Diversion Canal of CRPIP in Pinukpuk, Kalinga

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Acting Department Manager
NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff
Landline: (02) 8921-3741 loc. 113