Ilocos Norte Eyes P26.7-B Irrigation Project For Farmers

Ilocos Norte farmers hope to boost their productivity once a big ticket irrigation project under the “Build, Build, Build” program of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration will start this year.

Over the years, farmers, particularly in the second district of Ilocos Norte, have been experiencing water shortage to irrigate their farmlands due to lack of irrigation facility but this may soon come to an end.

Edwin Cariño, head of the Sustainable Development Center under the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, said the Ilocos Norte Irrigation Project (INIP) Stage 2 of the National Irrigation Administration is ready for implementation.

With an estimated cost of PHP26.7 billion, the irrigation project in Ilocos Norte is among the 75 flagship infrastructure projects of President Duterte to be funded by the Chinese government.

“The feasibility study was already approved by the board of NIA and pre-construction activities are now on-going,” Cariño said in an interview Thursday.

Based on its feasibility study the project will directly benefit farmers of Nueva Era, Batac and San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte and Sinait in Ilocos Sur once the 126.41-meter high storage dam across the Palsiguan River in Lagayan, Abra will be completed.

Because of its high reservoir, the project can also generate power for the province of Abra.

Cariño said the proposed project has long been conceived during the time of the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos but it was only revived during the administration of President Duterte.

The Provincial Development Council has already endorsed the project to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for funding. (PNA)

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