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NIA repairs 9 irrigation systems in Kalinga

TABUK CITY (22 September) -- Nine communal irrigation systems (CIS) serving a total of 341 hectares rice fields in Kalinga were repaired under the Balikatan Sagip Patubig Program (BSPP) of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) for calendar year 2007.

Of the total, 6 were completed while 3 are on-going but are expected finished within this year.

Kalinga Provincial Irrigation Management Office OIC Alfredo De Guzman Jr. said as of September 15, the physical and financial accomplishment made on six CIS is 100% complete. He said the remaining three are being fast tracked for completion this year.

De Guzman named the completed CIS projects as the Tuga-Gobgob CIS irrigating 65 hectares of rice fields in Tabuk, P1.2 million; Ipil CIS with 134 has. in Tabuk,P361,000.00; Palaw CIS in Lubuagan to irrigate 30 has., P783,000.00; Poway CIS in Lubuagan serves 17 has.,P P482,000.00; Cabiga-angan CIS in Lubuagan benefits 10 has.,P361,000.00; and Ambaticang CIS that supplies 25 has. in Lubuagan, P210,000.00.

On going projects are the Chotar CIS that irrigates 30 hectares of ricefields in Tinglayan worth P452,000.00 and is 51% finished as of September 15; Nambucayan CIS that supplies 10 has. in Tabuk is 73% accomplished; and the Limos - Bidog CIS that serves 20 has. in Pinukpuk is 90% complete.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Yap ordered the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to submit a report regarding the P3.1 billion BSPP budget for the rehabilitation and restoration of all irrigation systems nationwide which Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) alleged that DA diverted the irrigation funds to unrelated purposes.

Yap said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has already asked NIA Administrator Marcelino Tugaoen to make a status report on the project, so that it will be immediately submitted to the congress.

He likewise assured the public that the DA is focused on completing the irrigation repair of the 55,000 hectares rice fields in the country before December this year.

Tugaoen, said that at end-August out of 55,000 hectares, NIA has already restored the irrigation to about 28,364 hectares of rice fields.

He said that NIA is willing to undergo any investigation before the Congress or anybody in the interest of transparency and accountability. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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