Duterte approves P30-M irrigation project to restore Banaue rice terraces




BAGUIO CITY — The current administration, has approved five Communal Irrigation System (CIS) projects in Banaue, worth Php30.42 million through the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP).

The irrigation projects are located in the top heirloom rice producing barangays of Banaue, Ifugao: Amganad, Viewpoint, Bocos, Poitan, Kinakin, Luutan, and Imbangnge.
The said projects are being prepared to support national rice sufficiency, steady supply of irrigation water, and rehabilitating abandoned rice terraces in the Cordillera region.
According to Mr. Elvys Taquio of the PRDP, an attached unit of the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera, the projects are as follows: the construction of the Amchu-uy - Bae CIS worth PHP2.26 million; improvement of the Luutan-Imbangnge-Bayungon CIS worth PHP7.27 million; improvement of Bongbongna-Poitan CIS amounting to PHP7.33 million; improvement of the Aparnga-o-Ligligan CIS worth PHP6.768 million; and the improvement of Aparnga-o - Ki-iyang CIS project worth PHP6.77 million.
The CIS projects, once completed, are expected to increase the number of irrigated areas in the region, and thus, improve rice yields. Mr. Taquio said.
He also added, that the said irrigation projects, once completed, would be turned over to the beneficiary communities for management and maintenance.
Pre-construction conference was held last Feb. 27, that convened the Municipal Project Management and Implementing Unit (MPMIU) and the subproject contractors to clarify PRDP rules to avoid project delays.
Other matters like, the requirements and process flow for the release of funds, payment to the contractors, procurement, progress monitoring through geo-tagging, social and environmental concerns, and construction supervision requirements were being discussed.
According to PRDP official, locals’ cultural practices and rituals are among the factors raised by the contractors that cause delays.
These PRDP projects are foreign-funded, with stringent rules and procedures to ensure correct implementation.
Source: PTV News


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