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PIA Press Release
2009/06/03

NVizcaya NIA bares plan to protect irrigation systems

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (3 June) -- The intensified rehabilitation of this province's mountains here has been identified as a crucial measure in preventing the continued destruction of irrigation systems in the wake of typhoons.

"This plan if realized is more effective and it will eventually reduce the expenses of our national as well as local government units in maintaining our irrigation systems," said engineer Francisco Domingsil National Irrigation Administration (NIA) officer-in-charge.

Domingsil was referring to the on-going talks between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), NIA and irrigators' association in Cagayan Valley for a community-based reforestation project that will focus on rehabilitating mountains as critical areas of erosion that contribute to the siltation of rivers.

The talks which started in 2008, Domingsil said will be contained in a memorandum of agreement between the three parties.

He said the plan came due to the perennial erosion in the province alone brought by strong typhoons has forced rivers and creeks to swells, thereby enundating our irrigation systems and destroyed many farmlots.

"Nueva Vizcaya is the most affected area during strong typhoons since the level of our rivers is highly–elevated from Sta Fe town down to Diadi town. Therefore siltation, due to weak mountain slopes can easily fill our rivers and irrigation canals," he said.

Domingsil said several mountains in the province have been weakened after the July 1990 earthquake and the lack of forest cover which can be easily washed away during strong rains.

He said the proposed community-based reforestation program is being carefully studied inorder to involve farmer–irrigators in the unified effort to reforest the mountains.

"It is now being studied by the DENR so that identified areas for the program will be consistent and can blend with existing reforestation projects in the region," Domingsil stressed, saying further that responsibilities of concerned agencies and organizations have already been formulated. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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