THE Iloilo City Council on Environmental Protection has set a hearing with the stakeholders of the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project Stage 2 (JRMP II) on June 11 to discuss on the mega dam project in Calinog Municipality.

Earlier, National Irrigation Administration manager Gerardo Corsiga sent a request for support letter saying "JRMP II is envisioned to provide year round irrigation water to 23 towns and 2 cities in Iloilo."

The irrigation includes the addition of 9,500 hectares farmlands and rehabilitation of the existing 22,000 hectares.

Aside from the three dams, an 81-kilometer high line canal will traverse the municipalities of Calinog, Lambunao, Badiangan, Janiuay, Cabatuan, Alimodian, Leon and Tigbauan.

On top of the eight towns, the project is set to benefit with irrigation water the farmlands of Anilao, Barotac Nuevo, Dingle, Dueñas, Dumangas, Leganes, Mina, New Lucena, Oton, Pavia, Pototan, San Enrique, San Miguel, Sta Barabara, Zarraga, and Passi City, all in the province of Iloilo.

Corsiga said the strategy will also open investment opportunities for the water supply industry of the city.