JICA-funded irrigation project in Pampanga completed

Published July 20, 2021, 11:21 AM

by Madelaine B. Miraflor

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has completed the rehabilitation of an irrigation project in Pampanga that was funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

In a statement, NIA said that it has already completed the newly rehabilitated Porac-Gumain River Irrigation System (PGRIS) in the province of Pampanga, a project that was funded through a grant from JICA amounting to P171.97 million.

Newly rehabilitated Porac-Gumain River Irrigation System (PGRIS)

The project is expected to provide timely and reliable irrigation service to 3,249.95 hectares of agricultural land in the Municipalities of Lubao, Floridablanca, Guagua, and Sta. Rita in Pampanga Province. It targets to benefit 4,045 farmers and their families.

The rehabilitation works of PGRIS involved the replacement of the falling shutter and provision of trash rack at intake in Porac Dam, replacement of sluicegate with rubber seal in Solib Dam, 10.045-kilometer concrete canal lining, improvement of 20 check gates, and eight Irrigators’ Association (IA) offices with three support facilities.

PGRIS is scheduled to hold its inauguration this July 22, 2021, which will be attended by the NIA Top Management Officials, Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko of the Embassy of Japan, representatives of JICA, headed by Chief Representative Azukizawa Eigo, the Pampanga provincial and local government officials, and the project beneficiaries.

NIA is a government-owned and controlled corporation primarily responsible for irrigation development and management.

Its mandate is to plan, construct, operate and maintain irrigation systems in the country, which are consistent with integrated water resource management. The purpose of this is to improve agricultural productivity and increase farmers’ income.

For the month of May to August of this year, NIA is set to conduct the groundbreaking and inaugural ceremonies of 72 irrigation projects, which will all cost P13.73 billion to build.