NIA-CAR reports P321 million irrigation facilities damaged by “Ompong”

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LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – A total of  P321 million worth of irrigation facilities were reported destroyed in the Cordillera region caused typhoon Ompong, the  National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Cordillera said on Monday.

NIA-CAR also reported that a total of 12,877 hectares of irrigation areas and more than 15,000 farmers were affected due to damaged facilities.

Based on the validated report of summary of damages submitted to Benito Espique Jr., Acting Regional Manager of NIA-Cordillera by Brandley Grospe, division manager of the same agency, the provinces that were mostly affected were Abra, Kalinga, Benguet and Apayao.

Grospe said total of P101.2 million worth of communal irrigation system were destroyed in Abra, while in Kalinga P67.2 million, Benguet P50.184 million and Apayao P42.800, Mt Province P41.550 million and Ifugao P18.560 million worth of irrigation facilities were reported destroyed.

These damages were reported both in communal irrigation system (CIS) and national irrigation system (NIS), respectively. These NIS include the Upper Chico River Irrigation System (UCRIS) and West Apayao Abulog Irrigation System (WAAIS).

NIA Cordillera said it has already submitted a report of damages to its national office for funding and for the repair and restoration of facilities categorized into Level 1 and Level 2.

Grospe explained that Level 1 are emergency works/remedial measures to immediately restore to save standing crops while Level 2 are repair works to restore facility to its original form or functions.

Out of the total P321 million worth of destroyed irrigation facilities, the bulk of it (P296.899 million) were at Level 2.

Meanwhile, as of September 15, some 55 irrigation projects worth P518 million have been completed acquiring 287 hectares of new irrigation areas restored 145 hectares of area. And it generated more than 9,000 jobs.

These completed projects based on its source of funds were mostly on Establishment of Groundwater Pump Irrigation (EGPI), Balikatan Sagip Patubig Program (BSPP) and Restoration/Repair/Rehabilitation of Existing Communal Irrigation System (RRRECIS).

The agency which was given an allocation of P1.582 billion this year has a total of 284 irrigation projects. PRIMO AGATEP / ABN