NIA Region VI – Agro-ecotourism and continuous irrigation service is now possible to the six barangays in the Municipality of San Lorenzo in the Province of Guimaras, as National Irrigation Administration (NIA) headed by Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya held the Groundbreaking Ceremony and Capsule-Laying of Cabano Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) on March 23, 2022.
The P875-million project aims to increase agricultural production and alleviate the living conditions of local farmers and provision of assured irrigation water. Service area is located in Barangays Aguilar, M. Chavez, Suclaran, Cabungahan, San Enrique, and Cabano in the Municipality of San Lorenzo which comprises a total agricultural land area of 861 hectares with 1,304 farmer-beneficiaries.
In his speech, NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya said that aside from irrigation service, Cabano SRIP can be a source of income for the Local Government Units (LGUs). One of the plans of NIA is to convert the project area into a tourist destination. With 3,280 hectares, the Agency allocated about 10% for other purposes like recreational and aquaculture activities.
“Hindi lang ang mag bebenefit dito ay magsasaka, actually lahat kayo, lahat ng mga taga Guimaras, lahat ng may gusto ng additional income, itong Cabano Small Reservoir Irrigation Project ay malaking tulong sa inyo”, he emphasized.
The construction of the project will induce additional employment to the locals and the area has potential for agro-ecotourism, a sustainable livelihood option that could benefit the communities surrounding the project area. The project will likely create more marketing opportunities. The Agency is not only focusing on the full water potential to be impounded for irrigation, but also to improve the socio-economic status of the Filipino farmers.
Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Ralph Lauren A. Du, Regional Manager Rory F. Avance, JRMP-II Project Manager Jonel B. Borres, and other NIA employees also visited the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project – Stage II (JRMP-II) site and attended the Coordination Meeting for project briefing and status update with Daewoo Engineering and Construction (DEC) and Korean Rural Community – Joint Venture (KRC-JV) on March 22, 2022 at HSE Training Room, DEC Temporary Facilities Yard, Calinog, Iloilo.
Amidst the pandemic, JRMP-II remains on schedule with an overall physical accomplishment of 47. 37% as of February 2022.
Blessing Ceremony of Cabano SRIP
NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya (2nd from left) leads the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the Cabano SRIP, together with Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector
Laying of the Time Capsule
Administrator Visaya delivers his message.
NIA Top Management, Region VI, and JRMP-II Officials, together with the farmer-beneficiaries of Cabano SRIP
Jalaur Afterbay Dam viewing upstream
Jalaur High Dam viewing downstream
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