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Completion of irrigation projects depends on DBM

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  • Greg R.
  • 2 years ago

THE realization of irrigation projects in the country largely depends on the budget released by the Department of Budget and Management, according to the officials of National Irrigation Administration.
The NIA reported in recent stakeholders forum in Abucay that it needs millions of pesos to complete the construction of irrigation facilities for remaining potential irrigable areas in the country.

Filipina Bermudez,NIA’s manager of public affairs and information department, said that 3.1 million hectares of potential irrigable area in the country out of which 1.7 million hectares or 61 percent have already been irrigated.

The DBM, Bermudez said, had released only more than P30 million to the NIA fund in the past several years. “Almost 2% are added yearly to the NIA budget, this is why we need more millions of pesos more to complete irrigation projects in the country,” she explained.

Bermudez said the NIA projects largely depends on the funds allocated by DBM. The national irrigation master plan gets yearly allocation not necessarily to attain 100% but only 70% accomplishments.

The NIA officials expect to get more funds from DBM before the end of President Duterte’s term.
Isabelito Bitangcol, acting irrigation management office chief in Bataan-Pampanga area, said that of 18,577 hectares of potential irrigable area in Bataan, 41.28% or 7,688 hectares have been irrigated.

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