Regulator seeking funding sources for irrigation project

Posted on February 06, 2012

TACLOBAN CITY -- The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is looking for other sources of funds to continue the implementation of a major irrigation project in Northern Samar.

NIA regional manager Romeo G. Quiza said the government has received P209 million from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) as the last tranche of its financial assistance for the Help for Catubig Agricultural Advancement Project (HCAAP).

Mr. Quiza said, however, the project needs about P600 million this year. For 2013 and onwards, he said NIA needs about P1 billion to complete the project, which seeks to irrigate 4,550 hectares of rice farms in more than 70 villages in the municipalities of Las Navas and Catubig in the Catubig Valley of Northern Samar.

"As of last year, the project has been supplying water to about 600 hectares in Catubig Valley," Mr. Quiza said.

The five components of the project are being implemented by the NIA for irrigation and drainage, Department of Public Works and Highways for rural infrastructure improvement, Department of Health for schistosomiasis control, Department of Agriculture for agricultural support services, and local government units for institutional development. -- Sarwell Q. Meniano