NIA top exec assures funds for irrigation projects in Sorsogon province

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SORSOGON CITY – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has allocated some P8.4 million for the repair and restoration works of eight communal irrigation systems (CIS) as part of its commitment to the Sorsogon Convergence Initiative for Rural Development (CIRD) launched here.

NIA Administrator Antonio Nangel said the agency’s projects under the convergence initiative cover a total area of 200 hectares of rice farms in Sorsogon City and Castilla town.

Over 500 farmers will benefit from these projects,and an additional 150 workers to be employed during the implementation of the projects.

“We at NIA are fully committed to promote sustainable rural development in the countryside in adherence to the principles of integrated ecosystem approach known as “ridge to reef,” that gives priority to developments from the mountain to the coastal areas in the planning and implementation of our irrigation projects,” Nangel said.

Eight projects have been identified under this initiative and five of them are in this city and the three others in Castilla town.

Apart from the funds committed by NIA to the CIRD, Nangel said that he has endorsed to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala the P53 million fund request for additional irrigation projects in Sorsogon for this year.

This fund is on top of the province’s total allocation of P23.7 million for 2011 while the P14 million Tabon-tabon CIS in Irosin town covering some 170 hectares of rice land has already been completed, the NIA chief said.

During the CIRD launching here, NIA regional director for Bicol William Ragodon informed the NIA administrator that an additional fund outlay of P8 million is needed to construct a damaged section of the facility to be able to service some 331 hectares of rice farms. (Danny O. Calleja/PNA)


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