NIA Inaugurates 2 Irrigation Projects worth P1.523 Billion

June 2, 2021, 2:17 PM
 

NIA Central Office – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) inaugurated two Small Reservoir Irrigation Projects (SRIPs) with an aggregate cost of P1.523 billion. These projects are the P645-million Benliw Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (Benliw SRIP) located in the Municipality of Ubay, Bohol which was inaugurated on May 27, 2021 and the P878-million Upper Tabuating SRIP in the Municipality of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija which was inaugurated on May 25, 2021.

Benliw SRIP, whose water source comes from Pasanan Creek, includes the construction of a 21-meter-high zoned earthfill dam with a length of 517 meters, irrigation and drainage canals, and other appurtenant structures. Its reservoir has a catchment area of 5.60 square kilometers that can store 2.86 million cubic meters of water. 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, agro-tourism promotion, soil conservation, and aqua-culture.

Presided by NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B. Bagasin, Benliw SRIP is the fourth irrigation project to be inaugurated by NIA for the month of May 2021. The groundbreaking of the project was led by Administrator Visaya and former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr. on June 26, 2017. The project implementation became successful through the collective effort and strong partnership among NIA, Local Government Units (LGUs), and Irrigators Associations (IAs).

Bohol 2nd District Representative Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado, NIA Region VII Regional Manager Wilson M. Lopez, NIA Corporate Board Secretary Atty. Jiselle Rae A. Villamor, some officials from NIA Central Office and Regional Office, other government agencies, and local farmers attended the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Upper Tabuating SRIP, whose water source comes from Tabuating River, entails the construction of an earthfill dam with a height of 25.56 meters above the lowest streambed and a length of 760 meters. Its reservoir has a water storage capacity of 4.96 million cubic meters. Completed in December 2020, the dam is able to irrigate the entirety of its target service area of 700.87 hectares. It covers the barangays of Nazareth, Rio Chico, Bago, and San Mariano in the municipalities of General Tinio and Peñaranda in Nueva Ecija, benefitting 223 farmers and their families.

Presided by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, Upper Tabuating SRIP is the third irrigation project to be inaugurated by NIA for the month of May 2021. The implementation of the project was carried out by NIA Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA-UPRIIS) Division III under the leadership of Department Manager Rosalinda B. Bote.

Present during the inauguration were General Tinio Municipal Mayor Isidro T. Pajarillaga, Nueva Ecija Provincial Governor Aurelio M. Umali represented by Provincial Human Resource Management Office Chief Roseten E. Tugaff, Nueva Ecija 4th District Representative Maricel N. Nagaño, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan, NIA UPRIIS Department Manager Rosalinda B. Bote, UPRIIS Acting UPRIIS Division III Manager Elenita L. Toquero, other NIA officials, and local farmers.

Capping the event was the dispersal of 12,000 Tilapia fingerlings into the dam water to help strengthen the irrigation project's livelihood component for the farmer-beneficiaries.

For the month of May 2021, four dams were scheduled for inauguration with a total cost of P2,184,332,000. Earlier this month, two other irrigation projects were inaugurated by NIA. These are the P631-million Barbar SRIP located in the Municipality of San Juan, Ilocos Sur which was inaugurated on May 06, 2021 and the P30.332-million Sicalao Dam of Zinundungan River Irrigation System in Lasam, Cagayan which was inaugurated on May 10, 2021.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Visaya, assured that the Agency is doing its best in providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers as a support to the agricultural program of the government.

Benliw SRIP covers 400 hectares of agricultural land in barangays of Benliw, Emelda, Cagting, and Sinandigan in the Municipality of Uba, Bohol, benefitting 600 farmers and their families.

NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham Bagasin (left), together with Bohol 2nd District Representative Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado (right), and NIA Region VII Regional Manager Wilson M. Lopez (middle) during the ribbon-cutting and inaugural ceremony of P645-million Benliw SRIP in the Municipality of Ubay, Bohol

NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Bagasin delivers his message during the inaugural ceremony of P645-million Benliw SRIP in the Municipality of Ubay, Bohol.

The project implementation of Benliw SRIP became successful through the collective effort and strong partnership among NIA, Local Government Units (LGUs), and Irrigators Associations (IAs).

NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Bagasin and Congressman Aumentado led the Unveiling of the Marker of Benliw SRIP.

(From Left to Right) NIA UPRIIS Department Manager Rosalinda B. Bote, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, General Tinio Municipal Mayor Isidro T. Pajarillaga, Nueva Ecija 4th District Representative Maricel N. Nagaño, and NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan during the Ribbon-Cutting and Inaugural Ceremony of the P878-million Upper Tabuating SRIP in the Municipality of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija

(From Left to Right) Acting Public Affairs and Information Staff Department Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva, Acting UPRIIS Division III Manager Elenita L. Toquero, General Tinio Municipal Mayor Isidro T. Pajarillaga, Nueva Ecija 4th District Representative Maricel N. Nagaño, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, and NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Romeo G. Gan during the Unveiling of the Marker of the P878-million Upper Tabuating SRIP in the Municipality of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya delivers his message during the inauguration of Upper Tabuating SRIP in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya during the dispersal of 12,000 Tilapia fingerlings into the dam water

 

**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) 8921-374