JARO Archbishop Angel Lagdameo has offered prayers for the success of the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP), which will be constructed in the hinterlands of Calinog, Iloilo.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said he visited Archbishop Lagdameo last week and they discussed the P11.2-billion project that seeks to increase food production in the province of Iloilo and the rest of Panay Island.

Aside from irrigation water to farmlands in 21 Iloilo towns, the JRMP also assured potable water of 89,000 cubic meters per day and six megawatts of energy, as well as jobs to 17,000 people during the construction phase.

Drilon said Lagdameo asked that the people of Panay will be made beneficiaries of the project.

JRMP is envisioned to provide whole year of irrigation and potable water to Iloilo, and to help farm production increase from its three to four metric tons yield per year to almost triple.

Actual construction of the three dams will start by November this year, while road construction is ongoing up to the head waters of the dam.