River project pushes Iloilo as rice granary of Philippines

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Thursday, March 7, 2013


THE Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project II (JRMP II) in Iloilo is expected to push the province as the top rice producing area and rice granary of the Philippines, according to an official.

Regional Director Gerardo Corsiga of the National Irrigation Systems (NIS) after the National Government is set to push through the P11.2 billion JRMP II in Calinog, Iloilo within 2013.

Corsiga said that JRMP II, which is spearheaded by Senator Franklin Drilon, means the modernization and rehabilitation of existing river irrigation systems (RIS) in the province covering 22,340 hectares and opening up of 9,500 hectares of new areas for rice production.

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The irrigation of some 32,000 hectares of farmlands is expected to increase rice production from 140,000 metric tons (MT) to 240,000 MT in the province, enough to establish Iloilo as a premier rice producing area.

JRMP II is slated for completion before the term of President Benigno Aquino III expires in 2016. Aside from irrigation, the project will also deliver potable water at 1 cubic meter per second and 6.6 megawatts hydro power.

Corsiga said the billion-peso project will have better water management due to water catchment upstream and irrigation system. With three dams as main features of the project, it will also create a 600 to 800 hectares lake with 100 meters deep as tourism potential in upper Calinog.

Included in the river project four packages are the repair and rehabilitation of the RIS such as the repair and rehabilitation of Suage RIS, Sta Barbara RIS including desilting of canals, rechanneling and desilting of Aganan RIS, and the repair and rehabilitation of the Sibalom RIS.

The package will also the construction of access roads and drainage structures at the dam site, slope erosion control using coconut mattress at the Aganan RIS drainage outfall, rehabilitation of Mambog dam, improvement of canal outfall, rehab of Jalaur-Suage RIS and canalization, diversion works at Barangay Calmay and Tambal in Janiuay, construction of all weather roads, construction of road crossing structure at San Jose-San Miguel road and many other rehab works along the RIS.

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