Rehabilitation of dams covered by the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) is about to commence. Various irrigation stakeholders and partners gathered on Monday, July 17, 2017 for a pre-construction conference.
The rehabilitation project will cover desilting of the upstream areas of four National Irrigation Systems (NIS) in the Province of Iloilo. These include Sibalom River Irrigation System (RIS) dam in Leon town, Suague RIS dam in Mina town, Sta. Barbara RIS dam in Sta. Barbara town and Aganan RIS dam in San Miguel town.
Desilting activities will help improve the storage capacity of these dams and will increase their efficiency in water delivery. These will run for around three months as indicated in the contract with MJ Barcelona Construction and Supply.
During the pre-construction conference, salient features of the contract including its concepts and designs were presented and discussed before the Federation Presidents of Irrigators’ Associations (IA) and Local Government Units (LGU) representatives. Roles and responsibilities of each party were also discussed during the said conference. Also present to give their commitment were the representatives of the contractor.
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region 6, the project implementer, recognizes the significance of the participation and full cooperation of the LGU and the farmers in the success of any project implementation.
Thus, the project proponent is closely coordinating with them.
Constant updating to the communities is ensured through consultations and deployment of community facilitators in the area. A Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) was also instigated for direct and immediate resolution of any concerns related to the project.
The rehabilitation of these dams is in preparation for the implementation of Iloilo’s biggest irrigation development project, JRMP II. It aims to augment and rehabilitate 22,340 hectares
of rice land covered by the existing irrigation systems and new target area of 9,500 hectares. This is in support to the rice self-sufficiency target of the government at the same time help improve the lives of the Ilonggo farmers.
It is expected that JRMP II will be awarded to the winning international bidder on the last quarter of 2017 and start of the construction stage will be early next year. NIA is currently awaiting for the Korea Exim Bank to give itsconcurrence to the contract.
JRMP II is a “much-needed” development for every Ilonggo family. It supports the thrust of the Duterte Administration for food security and
agricultural development. /JP Flordalie L. Pagente