NIA fast-tracks implementation of Big-Ticket Projects

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 21:35


NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) ensures timely and efficient 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) Tarlac Balog-Balog Multipurpose Project Phase II (TBBMP II) located in San Jose, Tarlac which broke ground on July 18, 2017.

As of May 31, 2020, JRMP II Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 27.98 percent against the target of 24.65. 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, as of 1st Quarter of 2020, CRPIP Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 43.66 percent for the construction of Pump House, Transmission Line, Diversion Main Canal, Lateral Canals, Appurtenant Structures, Service/Access Road, and Terminal Facilities.

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, as of May 15, 2020, TBBMP II Project Management Office reported an actual project accomplishment of 33.91 percent and 29.34 physical accomplishment for the construction of Balog-Balog Storage Dam and its appurtenant structures. 

Upon 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 continuously deliver efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers.

Construction works at Alibunan River Catch Dam in Barangay Toyungan, Calinog, Iloilo continue as the Province of Iloilo is placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Among the three dams of JRMP II, Alibunan Catch Dam will be completed first.

Ongoing construction of Box Culvert at TBBMP II Project Site

Ongoing construction of Diversion Tunnel Outlet at Barangay Maamot, San Jose, Tarlac

NIA Engineers and Geologists conduct regular site inspection and monitoring of CRPIP..

Diversion Tunnel of CRPIP located in Pinukpuk, Kalinga

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

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