Cebu, Philippines (30 October) -- The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has allocated some P28-billion for the rehabilitation of all irrigation systems in the country starting in 2006 up to 2010.
In Cebu, NIA-7 officer-in-charge Diosdado Rosales said that there are 56 existing irrigation projects that must be rehabilitated after several years of leaving these systems unattended.
A budget allocation of P20-Million that has been earmarked for the rehab of these systems, "hopefully to revive the productivity of the farmlands that are beneficiaries of the irrigation," Rosales added.
He further said that NIA-7 has irrigated some 4500 hectares of farmlands in Cebu out of its 10,000 hectares potentials. With the full rehabilitation of these irrigation systems, NIA-7 will be able to irrigate more farmlands.According to the NIA-7, most of the irrigation systems are found in Naga, San Fernando, Sibonga, Argao, Boljoon, Samboan, and the cities of Talisay and Carcar in the south while from the western towns include Balamban, Asturias, Dumanjug, Barili, Toledo City and the northern towns of Compostela and Catmon. (PIA-Cebu/MBCN)