TPLEX traps water, destroys palay

August 11, 2014 at 8:26 am Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

ROSALES – Some 400 hectares of palay are destroyed as rain water trapped in the area dammed by the three-meter high Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway that traverses this western Pangasinan town.
Oftociano Manalo, president of the Federation of Irrigators Association in Region I, said the heavy rains in the past days caused flooding in the agricultural land, and since water is trapped, the Riceland are waterlogged.
Newly planted palay could not survive when submerged for two days in water, he said.
The affected villages are Rabago, Cabalaoan Sur and Norte, Palakipak, San Isidro and San Bartolome, all of the left side of the TPLEX when going north.
The agricultural villages are between the TPLEX and the Manila North Road, and water is trapped between the two highways.
The farmers lost P2.5 million for seedlings and labor, Manalo said.

When the TPLEX was under construction, residents of the six villages held rallies against the construction, and asked that a bridge (similar to the viaduct along North Expressway in Pampanga ) be constructed instead.
“But no one listened to the farmers. And now their fears have come true,” Manalo said.
While there are culverts across the TPLEX, there are not enough for the big amount of water to carry to the other side, he said.
The situation could be repeated in the areas to be crossed by the TPLEX in Villasis, Urdaneta and other towns towards Rosario in La Union, he said.
Meantime, the re-regulating pond of the San Roque Dam in San Manuel town, would be inaugurated on Friday by former Senator Francisco Pangilinan, now presidential assistant for food security.
But the farmers lament how the re-regulating pond is unable to irrigate almost 13,000 hectares because one of the diversion canals was not opened.
“We are requesting for funding of the diversion canal so we can use the water instead of just flowing into the Agno River,” Manalo said.
At present, the re-regulating pond is able to irrigate 28,000 hectares.

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