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NIA to inaugurate irrigation system in Ibajay

by Venus G. Villanueva

Linabuan Sur, Banga, Aklan (8 June) -- The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Aklan-Capiz Management Office will be inaugurating the newly-completed Panakuyan River Irrigation System Augmentation and Rehabilitation Project located in Ibajay, Aklan on June 10. The inauguration will be held at Barangay Agdugayan, Ibajay.

The project comprises the construction of Panakuyan San Jose Augmentation Structures and the Rehabilitation of Aklan Panakuyan River Irrigation System with a project cost of P35 million and P30 million respectively.

According to NIA, the irrigation system can serve a total of 1,200 hectares of riceland even as its existing service area is only 504 hectares.

Four irrigation associations will benefit from the irrigation project, as well as some 750 farmers, coming from the barangays of Bagacay, Unat, Laguingbanua, Capilihan, Agdugayan, Maloco, Batuan and Agbago.

Activities to be undertaken during the inauguration will include the unveiling of marker and ribbon cutting by Ibajay Mayor Ma. Lourdes M. Miraflores; blessing of newly-completed structure by Rev. Fr. Michael I. Ibardolaza, Parochial Vicar; ceremonial walk across the Panakuyan River over the elevated flume by NIA officials, irrigation associations officers and members and the LGU; and ceremonial opening of the gate by Ibajay Mayor Ma. Lourdes Miraflores and Rep. Florencio T. Miraflores.

Governor Carlito Marquez, Vice Governor Gabrielle C. Quimpo, Engr. Edilberto F. Lomigo, Acting NIA Regional Manager, Engr. Rizalo F. Concepcion, Division A Manager A, Aklan-Capiz IMO and Engr. Wilson C. Rey, Senior Engineer A will assist in the ceremonial opening of gate.

In the program following the inauguration, Hon. Eduardo T. Robles, Agdugayan Barangay Captain will give the welcome remarks while Engr. Concepcion will present the project rationale. Mayor Miraflores wii deliver an inspirational message while Engr. Edilberto R. Lomigo, Vice Governor Gabrielle C. Quimpo, Governor Carlito Marquez and Rep. Florencio T. Miraflores will deliver messages. The closing message will be given by Eng. Wilson Rey.

It can be recalled that on June 2008 before Aklan was devastated by Typhoon Frank President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited the town of Ibajay to inaugurate the new Ibajay Bridge. At the time, she directed the Department of Agriculture to provide P35 million for the rehabilitation and augmentation of the Panakuyan River Irrigation System to irrigate more than a thousand hectares of land in the area.

PGMA gave the directive to DA when Rep. Miraflores reminded her then of the Ibajay farmers' request when they were on their way to Kalibo Airport from Ibajay after the bridge inauguration.

Rep. Miraflores said then that the rehabilitation of the river system will be a big thing for Ibajay farmers, because if it gets connected to Ibajay River, the cropping intensity will be doubled.

The irrigation system now also targets to serve adjoining farms in Nabas town once fully rehabilitated. (PIA) [top]

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