The P6-M Pudtol Solar Pump located in Barangay Swan was programmed to irrigate 10 hectares. It is funded under NIA-CAR’s Establishment of Groundwater Pump Irrigation Project (EGPIP) 2021.
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“NIA-CAR finishes 104 irrigation projects in CY 2021.”
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – True to its mandate of developing, construction, operating, and maintaining irrigation systems in support of the government’s agricultural program -to sustain food security, the National Irrigation Administration- Cordillera Administrative Region (NIA-CAR) has completed a total of 104 irrigation projects out of 122 programmed for CY 2021 which is equivalent to 88 percent accomplishment.
This was based on the Summary Status of Project Implementation (as of December 31,2021) report submitted to Engr Benito T. Espique, Jr., Regional Manager of NIA-CAR by Sammy Kimbungan, supervising engineer (Construction).
Datas were also gathered from the various provincial heads of the agency namely— Benguet, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province and
With the completion of 104 projects, a total of 8,712 farmers were benefitted and generated a total of 5,319 jobs.
Also in 2021, the agency has developed 813 ha. of new areas and restored 1,180 ha. for a total of 1,993.38 ha.
Other completed works include 18.64 kms. of canal lining and 8.88kms. of pipeline. Regional Manager Espique rallied all stakeholders especially irrigators associations (farmers) to take care (irrigation) systems, stressing its contribution to the economy in terms of
agricultural production in support to government’s food security efforts.
Espique’s call came during his inspections on various projects and when he led the turnover projects to IAs in different areas in the region.
Completed irrigation projects as per fund include— Establishment of Groundwater Pump Irrigation Project (EGPIP); Repair of Groundwater Pump Irrigation Project (RGPIS); Balikatan Sagip Patubig Program (BSPP); Extension/Expansion of Existing Communal Irrigation System (EEECIS); Small Irrigation Project (SIP); Restore/Repair/Rehabilitation of Existing Communal Irrigation System (RRRCIS), among others.
2021 Summary of Completed Projects per Province
Mountain Province posted the biggest number of completed projects with 35; Benguet 23;Ifugao 16; Kalinga 11; Abra 10;and Apayao 9. Moreover, for IEC Monitored Projects, NIA-CAR has completed four projects of Climate Change Adaptation Works –National Irrigation System (CCAW-NIS).
And one project finished in the Marimay Small Reservoir Irrigation Project.
While four were completed in the so-called Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Project (CARP) component. Actually, the agency got a total allocation of P1.009-B in 2021.
2022 IRRIGATION PROGRAM
For this year, the government has allocated P1.973-Billion for NIA-CAR to fund its 197 programmed irrigation projects, develop 3,905 hectares of new areas, and the restoration of 507.25 ha.
From the total allocation, Kalinga has the biggest share with P604,900 followed by Apayao (P535,200);Ifugao (P344,200); Abra (P259,600); Mt. Province (P124,549); and Benguet (P104,700). Other works include the repair and rehabilitation : concreting of line canal (21.36km); canal structures (111); and piping (30.80km).
2020 Summary of Completed Projects per Province
Meanwhile, good governance , sound management and active collaboration with irrigators’ associations and LGUs , among others, marked the completion of a total 166 irrigation projects in 2020.
Kalinga bannered by completing all its 44 projects; Abra (24),Apayao (19),Mt. Province (24); Ifugao finished 30 out of 31 projects; while Benguet had 25 out of 26.
A total of 13,988 farmers were benefitted and generated 4,982 jobs. That year, the agency has developed a total of 1,644 ha. of new areas and restored 859 ha. for a total of 1,949 ha.