NIA TURNS OVER MORE THAN P3.5B WORTH OF PROJECTS

July 23, 2015

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) today distributes a total of 402 irrigation projects to organized irrigators association from all over the country during the mass turnover of completed irrigation projects held in Pasay City. This is comprised of 166 National Irrigation Systems (NIS) and 236 Communal Irrigation Systems (CIS), such as dams, main and sub-lateral canals, canal structures and drainage facilities, among others. Both NIS and CIS will irrigate a total of 124,633.54 hectares benefiting 48,234 farmers. All 402 projects cost a total of P3,507,617,655.62. The breakdown of the projects is as follows:

 

REGIONTOTAL NO. OF PROJECTSTOTAL PROJECT COSTTOTAL SERVICE AREATOTAL NO. OF Farmer Beneficiaries
CAR69170,193,000.0021,747.162,203
118439,289,036.765,932.005,147
222243,143,264.297,439.005,856
MRIIS231,047,617.5170.0068
316155,000,000.004,393.002,472
UPRIIS1361,376,427.3239,479.881,313
4-A27176,400,000.009,228.001,601
4-B15165,983,000.002,177.00957
558291,730,000.007,486.003,387
62475,708,000.008,861.5010,666
751182,620,388.004,465.004,150
824194,879,000.002,008.001,792
91239,072,000.00366.00339
1010365,516,769.813,860.002,797
11899,746,113.35841.00326
1215120,574,000.001,047.002,735
1318558,114,037.445,233.002,425
GRAND TOTAL4023,507,617,655.62124,633.5448,234

 

Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Kiko Pangilinan, together with NIA Administrator Florencio Padernal, led the ceremonial turnover of the completed projects. More than 1,400 IA members were present during the turnover. The event coincides with the first National Convention of Irrigators Association.

“The government is working double-time to give the much needed support to our farmers in feeding the nation. The NIA under the OPAFSAM will not tire until we reduce or eradicate the irrigation gap in the country,” said Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Kiko Pangilinan.

Padernal on the other hand emphasizes the importance of a 10-year irrigation masterplan to address the backlog which is at 2.4 million hectares.

“After today’s mass turnover, about 57% of the total irrigable area of 6.1 million hectares are now with irrigation. And only 43% more has to be attended to. Hence, the 10-year irrigation masterplan to rationalize the implementation planning of irrigation facilities,” said Padernal.

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