P19.1-M poured into irrigation projects in Capiz
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (8 February) -- The government has spent some P19.1million fund for the construction and rehabilitation of irrigation facilities in Capiz in 2007.
Information Officer Julieta Gallardo of the national Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Capiz, of said project allocation last year, some P1.8 million was spent for the Balikatan Sagip Patubig Program (BSPP).
Gallardo said that under the Repair-Rehabilitation of Communal Irrigation System (RRCIS) program, a total of P1.5 million was used for three communal irrigation projects here.
On the other hand, the government has also spent P1 million under the National Development Corporation Phase IV (NDC 4) program and P0.3 million under the Repair-and Establishment of Ground Irrigation Project (REGIP), respectively, she said.
She added that said irrigation projects are located in the towns of Panay, Tapaz, Ivisan, Dao, Jamindan, Dumalag, Cuartero and Dumarao, covering 579 hectares.
Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap earlier disclosed that the government spent P3.126 billion last year to restore and rehabilitate irrigation facilities servicing a total of 96,209 hectares, in step with its primary goal of attaining self-sufficiency in rice and other foodstuff and creating enough jobs, especially in the countryside.
In a report from NIA, Yap noted that said restored irrigation facilities now service 55,000 hectares, while the rehabilitated systems cover another 41,209 hectares.
Total area rehabilitated or restored by the NIA represent a 100 percent accomplishment rate for the agency, said Yap in pointing to the government's unprecedented spending on rural infrastructure in 2007.
Yap said that "the P3-billion allocation by the Arroyo administration for rural infrastructure last year was the first time ever that the Department was able to spend so much on irrigation." (PIA) [top]