Election, rains delays irrigation project
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- The 2nd phase of the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project, now known as Agno River Irrigation System Extension Project (ARISEP), is 25% complete.
This was bared by Assistant Project Manager Ceferino Sta. Ana during an interview in his office at Tumana, this town last September 2.
He said the national and local election last May this year coupled with the onset of monsoon rains hampered the continuous implementation of the various earthmoving, concreting of irrigation canals and other ancillary activities of the project.
Implementation of infrastructure projects during the election period was suspended by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
“We are now fast tracking the implementation of the delayed major activities of the project to recover the lost time during the election period,” said Sta. Ana.
He said the 2nd phase of the project will cover the municipalities of San Manuel, San Nicolas, Tayug, Sta. Maria, San Quintin, Balungao and other parts of eastern Pangasinan as part of the agricultural moderniation program to improve food security.
Launched in August 2015 by then Presidential Food Security Adviser, now Senator Francis Pangilinan, the project will irrigate more or less 12,800 hectares. IT costs P2.6 billion.
Project operations started in January this year.
The 2nd phase, once completed, will benefit 10,557 farmers who could venture into second cropping of palay.
Sta. Ana also bared that his office is also preparing the project proposal for the 3rd phase of the project that will cover the town of Rosales and some parts of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.
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