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NIA ground breaks P775M irrigation project in Quezon

by Gemi Formaran
July 27, 2019

NIA chief Ricardo Visaya and NIA-4A regional manager (4th and 5th from left, respectively) lead the ground breaking rites of P775 million irrigation project. (Photo by Gemi Formaran)


MACALELON, Quezon - Farmers in this progressive coastal town can now expect abundant harvest in the future with the ground breaking of a 22.5- meter -zoned earth fill dam, here, by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).


NIA Chief Ricardo Visaya led the Laying of Capsule and groundbreaking rites of Macalelon Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (MSRIP) located at Brgy. Vista Hermosa on Monday.

The P775,000,000 irrigation project is set to irrigate 830 hectares of agricultural lands in 10 barangays in the town that will benefit 700 farmers.

Visaya said the project is in line with President Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program which aims to revitalize economic growth through various infrastructure projects.

Town Mayor Nelson Traje in his speech during a simple ceremony expressed gratefullness to Duterte administration.

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“Kami po ay nagagalak at nagpapasalamat sa ating gobyerno sa pagbibigay nito ng malaking proyektong ito para suportahan ang agrikultura dito sa aming bayan” said Traje.


The development- orienred mayor said he is overwhelmed with the features of dam as most of their agricultural lands will benefit on said irrigation project.


NIA IV-A regional manager Romeo Lopez admitted that the project has been long delayed since its conception as early as 1999 due to various setbacks including right of way acquisition, political, and armed conflict, budget constraint, among others.


He said the project has an active storage capacity of 3.504 million cubic meter which can serve as flood control, agricultural, and eco-tourism site.


Lopez added that the construction of MSRIP portrays NIA’s commitment to provide efficient and effective irrigation systems in the country.

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