May 2021

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JALAUR Project 6.11% ahead of Schedule amidst the Pandemic

May 3, 2021, 8:41 AM

 

NIA Central Office – The Project Management Office (PMO) of the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP-II) reported that the over-all physical accomplishment of the project is 6.11% ahead of its target for the first quarter of the year during the joint virtual meeting with the office of Senate Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon this Thursday, April 29, 2021.

As of March 31, 2021, 37.83% is the recorded over-all physical accomplishment of JRMP-II, considering its Government of the Philippines (GOP) and Loan Proceed (LP) components, versus its 31.72% target for the same quarter.

Acting Project Manager of JRMP-II, Engineer Jonel Borres highlighted during the said briefing the ongoing works of an international contractor, DAEWOO Engineering and Construction (DEC) such as the foundation preparations for the 109-meter Jalaur High Dam as the impounding dam of the project. This is to ensure the stability and structural integrity of the project. Also, the 10.65-meter downstream coffer dam is being constructed in the Jalaur High Dam. This is the third structure constructed by DEC for the care and diversion of the river.

Furthermore, preparatory works for the construction of the upstream and downstream coffer dams of the Afterbay Dam have already begun. The 38.5 Afterbay Dam acts as the regulating dam of the project located 1.5 kilometers downstream of the High Dam. For the 10-meter Alibunan River Catch Dam, foundation preparations are likewise ongoing as the construction of its second phase commenced. Construction activities of the 81-kilometer High Line Canal (HLC) that will traverse nine (9) towns in Iloilo Province were also discussed to be ongoing.

Acting Project Manager Borres reiterated that once completed, the project will irrigate 31,840 hectares of agricultural land in Iloilo, generate 6.6 megawatts hydroelectric power and 86 million liters per day bulk water supply for the province and city. On top of that, the project will give rise to eco-cultural tourism opportunities, bring about employment opportunities for its stakeholders, and help mitigate flooding in Calinog and nearby towns.

Among those present in the virtual briefing were Senator Franklin Drilon, Senator Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture, and Senator Francis Pangilinan, former chairperson the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Board of Directors during his time as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.

Also in attendance were the Iloilo provincial and local government officials headed by Iloilo Provincial Administrator Suzzette Mamon representing Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. and Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas, the business sector organizations and members of the media.

Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya assures that NIA as the chief implementing agency for a continued implementation of irrigation projects, JRMP-II will be done completed as planned by 2023 amidst the pandemic.

JRMP-II Acting Project Manager Jonel Borres presents updates on the developments of the project

JRMP-II Acting Project Manager Jonel Borres and Project Management Office (PMO) personnel during the virtual briefing

Senate Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon present during the virtual briefing

Senator Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture, present during the virtual briefing

Senator Francis Pangilinan, former chairperson the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Board of Directors, in attendance during the virtual briefing

**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

 

NIA Completes P631-Million Barbar SRIP in San Juan, Ilocos Sur

May 3, 2021, 2:12 PM

 

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

     Spillway Area

     Reservoir Area

     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
E-mail: evcselva2000@yahoo.com
Landline: (02) 8921-3741

 

 

NIA Completes P30.332-million Zinundungan RIS in Lasam, Cagayan

May 10, 2021, 3:13 PM

 

NIA Region II – Under the leadership of Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has recently completed the P30.332-million Zinundungan River Irrigation System (Zinundungan RIS) located at Barangay Sicalao, Lasam, Cagayan. The project was inaugurated on May 10, 2021.

Zinundungan RIS, whose water source comes from Sicalao River, includes gravity/ogee-type diversion works with an ogee length of 52.4 meters and a height of 2.60 meters. One unit of sluice gate (3 meters x 2 meters) has a discharge capacity of 2.050 cubic meters per second. The project aims to provide sustainable agricultural development in the municipality by optimizing the irrigation potential of the system.

With a service area of 2,938.78 hectares and operational area of 2,127.53, the project will provide timely and reliable irrigation water supply to 23 barangays in the Municipality of Lasam, Cagayan, benefitting 1,639 farmers and their families.

NIA Top Management Officials, headed by Administrator Visaya, are looking forward to the socio-economic benefits of Zinundungan RIS in the Municipality of Lasam. The Management coined the project as a game changer in the agricultural development of the province.

**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

 

NIA Receives P15 Million for IP Housing project in Iloilo

May 12, 2021, 10:40 AM

 

NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has received the National Housing Authority (NHA) funding of P15 million for the housing project of the affected Panay Bukidnon Indigenous Peoples (IP) community of the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) in Calinog, Iloilo.

This is part of the P20-million commitment of the NHA under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by the two agencies for the JRMP II IP Housing Project signed on August 03, 2020. 35 IP families to be displaced during the filling up of JRMP II High Dam will be the beneficiaries of the housing project in Sitio Agburi, Barangay Cahigon, Calinog.

The NIA Project Management Office (PMO) of JRMP II, headed by Acting Project Manager Jonel Borres, provided the location of the resettlement site that underwent technical assessment such of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) for hazards and other relevant risks and was eventually found to be conducive for residential housing. JRMP II PMO is undertaking site development activities including provisions for community facilities, water system and access roads to and from the resettlement site.

The P20-million funding of the NHA will cover the construction of the 35 housing units with an approved floor area of 35 square meters in a 150 square meters lot and other work components such as lay-out and excavation, concrete, masonry, roof and roof framing, carpentry, plumbing, doors and windows, tiles, painting, electrical with solar panels and construction of project marker/pylon. Also, the houses will still exhibit the culture and tradition of the affected indigenous cultural communities. After construction, NIA will facilitate the registration of housing lots under the names of the housing beneficiaries.

The resettlement site is a commitment of NIA under the MOA by and between the Agency, the IP community and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) during the FPIC process of the project.

Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya ensures that NIA has plans and programs for affected inhabitants particularly the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the construction and development of the Agency’s projects.

NIA-JRMP II Project Management Office (PMO) receives P15 million funding from NHA

House design with floor area of 35 square meters in a 150 square meters lot for IP beneficiaries

**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

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