DAR boosts Nueva Vizcaya’s agriculture through P46.9-M irrigation facilities

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web ARWAT CIS 2Two hundred eighty two (282) hectares of rain-fed farms are expected to become more productive as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over two communal irrigation systems worth P46.9 million to the local government of Nueva Vizcaya.

DAR Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Herman Ongkiko said the irrigation project would benefit 320 farmers in the municipalities of Dupax del Sur and Dupax del Norte.

Ongkiko said the irrigation projects would address the problems encountered by farmers in areas that are susceptible to drought and the El Nino phenomenon.
“These irrigation projects will ensure the smooth flow of water supply during the dry season, especially now that farmers are experiencing a mild El Nino phenomenon,” said Ongkiko.

Ongkiko added that the communal irrigation system is a convergence of efforts of DAR, the local government of Nueva Vizcaya and the partnership of Congressman Carlos Padilla and Governor Ruth Padilla. “A productive partnership like this will bring a positive impact to the food security program of the government and will help boost the economic development of communities.”

In Dupax del Norte, the Tacbao-Apayan CIS has a total project cost of P24,084,050.00, paving smooth water flow to 199 hectares of farmlands of 276 members of the Tacbao-Apayan Irrigators’ Association (IA).

In Dupax del Sur, meanwhile, the Arwat CIS has a total project cost of P22,875,589.00, which will give sufficient water supply to 83 hectares of farmlands. It will benefit 44 members of the Arwat IA.

The communal irrigation projects were implemented under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) and jointly funded by the DAR and the Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA). (Michael Angelo L. Benigno)

web 02ARWAT CIS 1Photo 1: DAR Undersecretary Herman Z. Ongkiko (3rd left), Nueva Vizcaya Governor Hon. Ruth R. Padilla (C), Nueva Vizcaya Lone District Representative Carlos M. Padilla (4th right) and Dupax del Sur Mayor Hon. Ruben S. Basconcillo, Jr. (3rd right) led the cutting of ribbon for the Arwat CIS together with DAR 02 Dir. III for Operations Atty. Resty C. Osias (leftmost), Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson (2nd left), Nueva Vizcaya PARPO II Primo C. Lara (4th left), NIA Acting Regional Manager Engr. Antonio Lara (2nd left) and OIC-Dir.III for Support to Operations Jess Beth G. Quidasol.

Photo 2: DAR Officials led by USEC Henry Z. Ongkiko, LGU Nueva Vizcaya Officials led by Governor Ruth R. Padilla and Congressman Carlos M. Padilla, and officers and members of the Arwat Irrigators Association rejoice as the marker of the Arwat CIS was finally unveiled, marking the official operation of the project.

Photo 3: The Arwat CIS with a total project cost of P22,875,589.00 is now ready to give sufficient water supply to 83 hectares of farmlands in Dupax del Sur which will benefit 44 members of the Arwat Irrigators’ Association.