Iguig, Cagayan Feb. 18 (PIA)---Leaks often got the better of GARAB Irigation Association’s (IA) improvised irrigation canals which were only dredged by a backhoe and outlined by huge rocks. “The flowing water washes out the canal many times, unable to sustain our irrigation requirements, “shared Dionicio Gutierrez, the vice president of GARAB IA in Iguig, Cagayan.
However, on November 2013, water began to flow undisturbed for the farm needs of 186 beneficiaries here through Department of Agrarian Reform’s Infrastructure Support Project III (ARISP III).
The ARISP is the first Japanese Official Development Aid (ODA) loan assistance that supported the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Under this project, numerous infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities and irrigation systems have been established in the countryside benefiting the agrarian reform beneficiaries.
GARAB communal irrigation system (CIS), as one of its sub-projects, underwent the construction of concrete hollow blocks (CHB) canal lining and canal structures with the cost of almost P8 million.
DAR Region 02,headed by Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson, turned over the concreted irrigation system to the GARAB IA on December 10, 2013 in partnership with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Engr. Antonio C. Lara, and the LGU of Iguig headed by Mayor Juditas L. Trinidad.
“We couldn’t do anything with the leaks since we had no funds on our own, until we were told that the government has funds for us.” Gutierrez told DAR Region 02.
With the improved CIS which is able to irrigate about 90 to 120 hectares of farm land, Gutierrez now looks forward to any possible equipment grant for GARAB IA by DAR. (Danielicah Cruz-DAR-2/ALM/PIA-2)