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DAR turnovers P2.7M worth of irrigation project in Masbate town

piaLEGAZPI CITY, May 22 (PIA) – Mobo town in Masbate is now benefitting from a completed irrigation project initiated by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) that addressed the predicaments encountered by the agricultural sector being the area's susceptibility to drought and the El Niño phenomenon.

DAR Bicol regional director Luis Bueno, Jr. said Barangay Sagawsawan in Mobo, Masbate was a recipient for the P2,757,254.42 worth of communal irrigation system (CIS) constructed through a tripartite agreement and effort of the DAR, Mobo municipal government and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Bueno said the Sagawsawan CIS was completed exactly in just one year since its groundbreaking last April 10, 2013 and now turned-over to the Sagawsawan-Mobo Irrigators Association, DAR-Bicol Regional Information Officer Maria Trinise General told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

“The Communal Irrigation System brings a big impact to the food security program of the government and too important to the people economically, thus a worthy convergence of efforts of DAR, Mobo and NIA,” Bueno said.

The project was funded through DAR’s Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III (ARISP III) shouldering the 40 percent of its total cost while the LGU of Mobo provided the 60 percent equity. NIA meanwhile provided technical assistance and acts as the project’s implementing agency.

Mobo Mayor Percival Castillo said during the turnover ceremony," the project gave us a flow of life but we must conserve water so that more residents and farmers will benefit from it.”

NIA Irrigation Engineer Helsy Bermudez for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) said the CIS is capable of supplying water and irrigating as much as 100 hectares of farm land.

With its functionality and extensiveness, the completed CIS is expected to improve the crop productivity of all the farmer-residents in the areas where it could supply water, particularly to Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in Barangays Lalaguna, Umabay Interior and Exterior, and Pinamalatican.

CIS will also serve as an avenue for strengthening people’s organizations (POs) and improving connectivity between and among POs, cooperatives, resource institutions and business partners that are in the locality.

ARISP III Consultant Engineer Alex Guanting cited Mayor Castillo and the Sagawsawan-Mobo Irrigators Association for their active participation in the project and to the successful construction of the CIS. Likewise, he thanked the LGU of Mobo for the very substantial equity that it has given to the project. (MAL/JJJP/RELustestica-DAR5/PIA5)


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