Pangasinenses thank GMA for irrigation system

March 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm 1 comment


By Danny O Sagun

DAGUPAN CITY – Farmer-leader Alfredo Rosquita from eastern Pangasinan thanked President Macapagal-Arroyo for the on-going rehabilitation of two major irrigation systems and the construction of a diversion dam that will eventually benefit farmers from 18 towns of Pangasinan.

Rosquita’s testimony was one of the highlights of the President’s visit right on the site where the diversion dam for irrigation will rise Tuesday morning.

Construction worker Leonardo Amarillo likewise thanked Mrs. Arroyo for the jobs created by the P11.2 billion irrigation project which is expected to be completed by 2013.

The Chief Executive, after listening to Project Manager Reynaldo Mencias’s briefing on the status of the irrigation project, gladly announced that eventually up to 70,000 hectares of farmlands will benefit from the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP).

ARIIP includes the construction of the P4.3 billion-diversion canal (re-regulating pond) and the rehabilitation of two existing irrigation systems – the Agno River Irrigation System (ARIS) and the Ambayaoan-Dipalo Irrigation System (ADRIS).

The integrated irrigation system will provide a year-round irrigation, thus the possibility of three-cropping periods for farmers from the towns of Mapandan, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Calasiao, Mangaldan, Manaoag, Laoac, Binlonan, Urdaneta City , Villasis, Asingan, San Manuel, Natividad, San Nicolas, San Quintin, Sta. Maria, Tayug and Balungao.

The project’s total cost is P11.2 billion, of which about P7 billion will come from the national government and the balance, from a loan with the China Eximbank.

The re-regulating pond, which will catch waters from the San Roque Multi-Purpose dam used in power generation, is expected to be operational by 2013.

Once completed, ARIIP will help increase yield to 5.5 tons per hectare or about 40 percent increase in the income of farmers. Rice production in Region 1 is expected to increase by about 100,000 tons per year. For corn, it will increase by 35,000 tons, according to Mencias.

The project also helps mitigate flooding and improve water quality and provides about 8,870 jobs for local residents. (PIA Pangasinan)

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. jose fronda espejo  |  March 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    will this project include Alcala which is the neighboring town of Villasis?

    Reply

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