Shallow Tube Wells Can Help Farmers Irrigate Farms During El Niño: Pangilinan

February 23, 2016


BULACAN – As El Niño rages on, shallow tube wells or pipes vertically set 20 to 60 feet into the ground to maximize use of shallow groundwater for irrigation, will provide sustainable and affordable irrigation systems to farmers, former Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Secretary Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan said at the turn-over by the National Irrigation Administration of 10 shallow-tube wells to farmers in Bulacan Monday.

“Malaking tulong ang mga shallow tube well sa panahon ng El Niño upang tuloy-tuloy ang patubig sa ating mga sakahan at, kasabay po nito, ang tuloy-tuloy ding pagpasok ng kita para sa ating mga magsasaka  (These shallow tube wells are a big help this period of El Niño. There will be continuous source of irrigation water for our farms, and income for our farmers),” he said.

Costing P100,000 each, a shallow tube well is able to irrigate five hectares of land, benefiting multiple towns across the province. Several farmers groups also pitched-in P29,000 of the cost of the purchase.

The turn-over was led by Congressman Jonjon Mendoza, and Bulacan Agricultural State College President, Dr. Gerardo Illescas Mendoza, and Engineer Angelito of NIA in the event held at the Bulacan Agricultural State College Gymnasium in San Ildefonso.

“Ito pong mga shallow tube wells ay makakatulong sa ating mga magsasaka sa bilang alternatibong sistema ng irigasyon. Gagamitin po natin ang tinatawag na ‘shallow groundwater’ na syang pinakamalawak na mapagkukunan ng patubig (As an alternative irrigation system, these shallowtube wells will help our farmers. They use ‘shallow groundwater,” which is the biggest source of irrigation),” Pangilinan said.

The senatorial candidate also stressed the fast tracking of El Niño mitigation projects in the province.

“Kailangang mas lalong paigtingin ang implementasyon ng mga El Niño mitigation projects upang masigurong mayroong pananggalang ang ating mga kababayan laban sa masamang epekto ng El Niño (El Niño mitigation projects need to be implemented more intensively so that our countrymen have a shield against the ill effects of El Niño),” Pangilinan added.

A total of 1,500 individuals from various sectors attended the turn-over, where the former presidential food and agriculture adviser committed to further support not only agriculture, but also various socio-civic involvement in the province, once elected to a Senate seat.