(Photos courtesy of Daryle Camara, NIA Palawan Irrigation Management Office)

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Palawan Irrigation Management Office (IMO) is assured that the recently started construction of Terruvian Intake dam for Lucbuan Small Irrigation Project (SIP) will comply with the basic construction methodology.

The agency assured that Lucbuan SIP is designed to be typhoon resistant which has a budget allocation of P30,000,000.

“Palawan IMO made sure that Lucbuan SIP is designed for typhoon resistant and all 2019 projects were in compliance with the basic construction methodology and monolithic approach of canal construction for an adequate result of the irrigation project in Palawan,” the agency said in a statement.

NIA Palawan division manager Engr. Conrado V. Cardenas, Jr. and Lucbuan Irrigators Association (IA) president Milbert Aniar inspected the construction of the irrigation project on September 13, which is now taking on 0.61 percent of completion.

“Trabaho talaga i-monitor ang proyekto kahit anong kondisyon ng panahon, para masiguro na may kalidad ang pagkakagawa sa dam na mapapakinabangan ng mga magsasaka sa mahabang panahon,” Cardenas said as the monitoring were conducted after the frequent occurrence of rains.

The construction of the project was awarded to D.J. Valera Construction and Supply and has started the construction on August 8. According to the timeline of the project, the contractor must finish the construction within 242 calendar days.

The irrigation project would cater to 100 hectares of rice land by 2020 and 73 farmers would benefit in Barangay Lucbuan.

Aniar said that the irrigation project might provide rice self-sufficiency for the whole city of Puerto Princesa if irrigation system will be properly managed.

“Kung maging successful yong pagma-manage ng irrigation system, baka maging rice granary ito (Lucbuan) ng Puerto Princesa dahil sa lawak ng area namin.” Aniar said.

It was noted that sacks of gravel and sand were being transported by the workers and the farmers through 30-minute boat ride and about two to three kilometers walk to supply materials for the completion of the project.

Aniar said that the irrigation is a long-time request of the community and that aside from the farmers, the whole community will benefit from the project.

“Nagpapasalamat ako dahil sa NIA nakikita natin ang pag-asenso ng farmers pati yong buong kumunidad na rin kasi hindi lang puro farmers makikinabang rito, matagal na itong pinangarap ng mga tao rito. Yong mga ninuno namin na nangarap na magkaroon ng irigasyon dito ay natutuwa na rin kasi makikinabang narin yong apo o lahi nila,” Aniar said.

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