PNoy Orders the Completion of Capiz Irrigation Projects by April
This was conveyed by the President during his recent visit to Capiz in a meeting with local leaders and the community at Sigma Civic Center in Sigma town.
Phase II of the P186-million Maayon CIP includes construction of dam, irrigation structures, and some post harvest facilities while Phase I component covers the construction of 1.4 kilometer close conduit from Barangays Jebacca to Alayunan as well as repair of access road from Batabat to Jebacca in Maaayon.
The CIP’s dam site is located in Jebacca and will benefit 834 farmers of rain-fed ricelands in barangays Pob. Ilaya, Ilawod, Batabat, Piña, Salgan, and Fernandez in Maayon and Cabugao as well as Cabangahan in Panit-an town.
Aquino said that the project will not only increase rice production of about 780 hectares that will be served by the project but will also provide employment to an estimated 800 construction workers who will be tapped for the phase II completion.
“Pag hindi makumpleto sa Abril, baka pwede mo ako matawagan Gov. Vic at tatawagan ko rin ang mga kinauukulan ng proyektong ito at matanong kung ano ang gagawin ko sa kanila (If the project has not been completed by April, please bring it to may attention so that we could take appropriate actions on concerned implementers.)," the President said referring to Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco, generating an exuberant reaction from the audience.
The irrigation project is in line with the Aquino administration’s agenda to ensure food security and rice self sufficiency.
It also complements on the Adequate Infrastructure Support System thrust of the provincial government.
Early this year, various farmers associations and cooperatives in the province also received 25 pump and engine sets from the Department of Agriculture through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
The farm equipment complement the much bigger irrigation projects by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) for the province’s rain-fed farmlands. (JCM/AAL-PIA 6, Capiz)