P37.9-BILLION WORTH OF IRRIGATION PROJECTS NOW SET FOR PPP

June 30, 2023, 2:15 PM

 
NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Board of Directors approved the further development and implementation of the three (3) priority irrigation projects for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) during the 992nd NIA Regular Board Meeting on June 29, 2023 at the NIA Board Room, 3rd Floor, Building B, NIA Central Office. The projects identified on this endeavor are Ilocos Norte-Ilocos Sur-Abra Irrigation Project II (INISAIP II), Tumauini River Multipurpose Project (TRMP), and Upper Banaoang Irrigation Project.

Following the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between NIA and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center on its partnership to maximize the technical services of the latter in terms of NIA’s capacity-building for the utilization of various PPP modalities for irrigation projects, joint technical groups were formed and evaluated the initial 12 potential irrigation projects for PPP implementation. With PPP Center’s assessment and prioritization of projects for PPP, three priority projects were identified – INISAIP II, TRMP, and the Upper Banaoang Irrigation Project.

The P22.7-billion INISAIP II intends to irrigate approximately 11,100 hectares of agricultural land with Palsiguan River as the main source of irrigation water. The project is intended to irrigate sub-areas of the Province of Ilocos Norte such as Nueva Era, Cura, Madupayas, Pinili, Badoc-Sinait and Batac-Paoay through a network of link canals. Other planned purposes of the project include fish culture, eco-tourism, hydropower generation, and other recreational purposed which would help generate job opportunities for the community and constituents.

The P8.6-billion TRMP is a proposed project to expand the coverage of the existing Tumauini Irrigation System (TIS) to 32 barangays located in the Municipalities of Tumauini, Cabagan, and the City of Ilagan, Isabela. TIS was originally designed to potentially irrigate an area of 6,100 hectares however, only around 3,000 hectares are currently being irrigated. This is due to insufficient water-river runoff, especially during the summer season. TRMP includes the construction of the high dam, afterbay dam, and long siphon as well as the improvement and expansion of irrigation facilities. It will also provide other incidental benefits such as watershed management, eco-tourism, and infrastructure support for renewable energy, particularly hydropower and solar farm component.

The P6.6-billion Upper Banaoang Irrigation Project aims to construct an impounding dam with Malapaao River as its water source. With a potential service area of 5,000 hectares of agricultural land, the project is also designed to engage in fish culture and develop hydroelectric power projects.

With NIA’s pursuit in developing climate-smart, multi-purpose irrigation systems, and in increasing irrigated areas to contribute to overall agricultural productivity and attain food security, PPP is eyed to fast-track and expand irrigation development through private sector expertise.

Present in the recently concluded NIA Board Meeting are the Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Leocadio S. Sebastian, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Secretary Roderick M. Planta, NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, and NIA Central Office Department and Division Managers.

In support of the President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. plans in expansion of infrastructure projects through PPP, NIA, headed by Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, strongly pursues collaboration on PPP Program to boost the Philippine irrigated agriculture.
 
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NEDA Assistant Secretary Roderick M. Planta during the 992nd NIA Regular Board Meeting

Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Leocadio S. Sebastian and other officials joins virtually during the 992nd NIA Regular Board Meeting

NIA Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du attends the 992nd NIA Regular Board Meeting

Attendees of the 992nd NIA Regular Board Meeting on June 29, 2023 at the NIA Board Room, 3rd Floor, Building B, NIA Central Office

Attendees of the 992nd NIA Regular Board Meeting on June 29, 2023 at the NIA Board Room, 3rd Floor, Building B, NIA Central Office