Government fast-tracks P30 billion irrigation projects nationwide

The government will accelerate close to 30 billion pesos worth of big-ticket irrigation projects.

The National Irrigation Administration said three major irrigation projects are being fasttracked. These include the 13-billion-peso Tarlac Balog-Balog multipurpose project, the 11-billion-peso Jalaur River multipurpose project in Iloilo, and the 4.4-billion-peso Chico River pump irrigation project in Kalinga.

The Balog-Balog project is expected to provide year-round irrigation to over 34,000 hectares of agricultural land in 10 municipalities in Tarlac, benefitting some 23,000 farmers and their families.

The Jalaur project, the largest irrigation project outside of Luzon, had an actual accomplishment of 42 percent as of end-2020. It is NIA’s eighth big ticket project under the Build Build Build program and the second irrigation project funded by the Korean government.

It is expected to provide year-round irrigation water to 9,500 hectares of new irrigable areas.

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