The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will rebid the P326-million irrigation project in Aborlan, Palawan this September 2019 according to NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya. This is the Ibato-Iraan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP).
The said project is a zone earthfill dam with a reservoir storage capacity of 2.388 MCM which will irrigate about 860 hectares of farmlands in the four barangays of Sagpangan, Ibato, Iraan and Maligaya. The source of water will come from Ibato and Iraan River.
Once completed, this will be considered as the biggest irrigation project in Palawan which will benefit around 425 farmer beneficiaries of the four barangays.
Ibato-Iraan SRIP was awarded by NIA Central Office to Oscar R. Sarmiento Const. Inc. (ORSCI) with contract amount of P454 million and the Notice to Proceed was on April 2, 2014. The contract duration is 1,195 calendar days.
However, Right-Of-Way Problem (materials in designated borrow area can’t be extracted without Free and Prior Informed Consent) arose during the implementation of the project which resulted to delays and negative slippages. Upon thorough evaluation of NIA technical personnel, Administrator Visaya instructed the termination of the Ibato-Iraan SRIP effective December 5, 2018.
Final inventory and evaluation of the project accomplishment was conducted in early 2019 to determine the remaining works to be done.
On September 2, 2019, Administrator Visaya personally clarified the issue broadcasted by Radyo Bandera on the delayed implementation of Ibato-Iraan SRIP.
“Please be informed that I have caused the termination of this project with corresponding Liquidated Damages and blacklisting of the concerned construction company.” Administrator Visaya further said that, “This will be rebidded this month with the remaining budget. On my watch, I will assure you that erring contractors will be penalized and will pay the damages they owe to the government.”
The NIA Management will exercise its utmost diligence to complete the project on time and to resolve the issues/problems in the project implementation.