Palawan - To support economic development of El Nido due to effect of COVID-19 pandemic, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) - Palawan Irrigation Management Office (PIMO) conducts test run of Villa Paz Small Irrigation Project (SIP) funded by Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Irrigation Component (CARP-IC) on June 11, 2020 in Bgy. Villa Paz to ensure completed project can efficiently use by 27 farmer beneficiaries to increase their crop production in the municipality for next cropping period.
Palawan IMO Division Manager Conrado V. Cardenas Jr. led the conduct of the mandatory test run procedures together with Institutional Development Unit (IDU) Sr. IDO Glenda G. Buenavista, Palawan IMO staff and LGU representatives. This is to guarantee inflow of water from Batacalan River and to support targeted area of 29 hectares of rice field in said barangay.
Villa Paz SIP was implemented in 2019 under phase I of CARP-IC with the project cost of P11, 356,177.25 awarded to Yurich Builders and Construction Supply. The phase I package covers construction of diversion dam with solar dryer and 1.29 km total length of canal lining completed last June 1, 2020.
This year’s outbreak, CARP-IC has started constructing phase II of Villa Paz SIP for the extension of the project’s canal lining up to 1.691 km with approved budget contract of P8, 072,598.98 to complete before 2021. The completion of phase 2 will irrigate additional area of 23 ha. of rice field which will benefit by the residents of El Nido.
President Florencio M. Tagulob of Zap Alliv Irrigators Association (IA) is thankful for the support of NIA because CARP-IC project in Bgy. Villa Paz will greatly benefit their families, raise their income and achieve sufficient rice supply in the municipality in times of pandemic.#Daryle C. Camara, NIA Palawan IMO