Members of the congress and the provincial board joined the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Palawan Irrigation Management Office (IMO) for the continuous inspection of the ongoing Talog Small Irrigation Project (SIP) in Barangay Talog, Taytay.
First congressional district representative Franz Alvarez, along with board member Juan Antonio Alvarez, joined Palawan IMO division manager Engr. Conrado Cardenas Jr. on January 30 to assure the quality of the project construction.
“The purpose of monitoring is to track the implementation of Talog SIP and to determine if changes may be needed in the construction of the irrigation need of 45 farmer beneficiaries,” the NIA PIMO said in a statement.
During inspection, the contractor of the project, Yurich Builders and Construction and Supply committed to finish the diversion works before the month of March to partially irrigate initial 20 hectares out of 87 hectares of rice field for summer.
The completion of project is expected to irrigate a total of 87 hectares of rice field and to benefit 45 farmer beneficiaries under Talog Irrigators Association.
The Talog SIP has a budget amounting to P32, 000,000.00 which covers the dam and 4.2 kilometer (km) total length of canal lining.
As of the end of January, the contractor has completed 2.318 km of canal lining and 213 meters of elevated flume.
All the remaining works are expected to be finished on July 2020.
“Irrigation project is a long time desire of Talog Irrigators Association since most of them rely on rainfed and some farmers only harvest once a year due to scarcity of water,” it said.