Panay River Basin Project Still a Priority
Western Visayas National Economic and Development Authority Director Ro-Ann Bacal said that the project is one of the priorities of their office that needs to be pursued in the province, stressing that a Korean group has already expressed interest to fund the project.
Bacal, during the recent NEDA executive briefing here, said that the conduct of the feasibility study by the National Irrigation Administration, which is the lead agency for the project is ongoing.
She explained that there are a lot of technicalities that must be considered in the said project knowing that the magnitude of the project is so big and huge funding is also required.
The feasibility study, she said, will put in place the plan and will ensure the success in the implementation of such project.
On the other hand, Capiz Governor Antonio Del Rosario disclosed that his administration is prioritizing two projects in the province, namely the completion of the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital and the Panay River Basin Integrated Development Project.
Del Rosario pointed out that Capiz farmers are losing not less than P100-million annually due to the flooding that affects mostly the lowland areas here.
The governor stressed that there is a need to fast track the implementation of said project.
He also said that livelihood will be given to those people, especially the Indigenous People, who will be affected by the implementation of said project in the area.
Record from the National Irrigation Administration noted that the Panay River Basin drains an area of approximately 2,181 square kilometers, having a length of about 152 kilometers along its mainstream.
The basin is located on the northeastern part of the Panay Island in the Western Visayas Region and encompasses almost the entire province of Capiz, with small parts lying within the provinces of Iloilo and Aklan.
The basin is bounded on the south by the province of Iloilo and on the west by the Panay highlands which separate it from the province of Antique.
The north western boundary is the Aklan province and in the north is Sapian Bay, NIA said. (JCM/JBG/PIA6)